By Julie Glass
The Flyers were shut out last night by the Wild 3-0 for the second straight game and fifth of the season.
“Gotta score in this league to win hockey games,” Scott Laughton said. “You can’t get shut out two games in a row. You gotta score. Bottom line.”
“Sometimes when it rains, it pours when you can’t score,” goalie Brian Elliott added. “It’s pouring on us a little bit right now.”
It’s the first time in franchise history that the Flyers have been held scoreless five times in their first 18 games.
“(Michael Raffl) makes a great play,” Laughton explained. “It hit off (Dubnyk’s) shoulder, then get another chance and I tried to elevate it, but it’s rolling and hits his pad. I mean, it feels like our line has three of those a game and nothing to show for it. I don’t know. It’s frustrating.”
The Flyers haven’t scored in 156 minutes, 9 seconds. They have never been shut out in three straight games in club history.
“I don’t think you’re passing up shots from there,” defenseman Brandon Manning said. “As a D-man you’d always rather get pucks to the net. You’d rather that then them getting blocked or them rimming it around (the boards) to the forwards. I think our forwards did a pretty good job of getting to the net, but they’ve got a pretty good top-four (defense) back there and they did a good job keeping them away from the goalie’s eyes.”
“It’s kind of like 1997 there with the obstruction in front of their net,” Dale Weise said. “There’s just no penalties called. It’s frustrating in a way where you can’t even get any second whacks there. I’ve had three penalties this year where I haven’t even touched a guy and it’s World War III in front of their net. It’s frustrating.”