STOPPING THE PUCK: FLYERS FAIL AGAIN IN THE BASICS!

By Steve Kelly

The Flyers have become defenseless.

For the ninth in their last 12 games, they allowed at least four goals. This time it was a Devils team that took advantage of a couple calls while the Flyers couldn’t score on any of their six man advantages in a 4-1 loss to New Jersey.

The Flyers fired 85 attempts in the direction of goalie Keith Kinkaid — 36 on net while 32 were blocked and 17 missed the target — but the issues were more than a goalie playing well.

While referees Dan O’Hallaran and Francois St. Laurent seemed to want to make an impact on the game, the Flyers had power plays and didn’t cash in on any of the six on the night. Calls, both good and bad, went both ways. The Flyers’ problem was their response.

“I don’t think they got us off our game,” Jake Voracek said. “We scored one goal again. We’re not going to win many games like that. We didn’t score any in Washington (in a 5-0 loss before the bye week). We didn’t score many tonight. You gotta get real lucky to win those games.”

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