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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Lose a game. Lose a couple of games. Run into some bad luck. Experience the pain that can be hockey. It happens.

What should not happen --- but what is happening to the Flyers in their series with the New Jersey Devils --- is that they continue to lose the same way: By being pushed to the outside on the offensive end and settling for bad shots and turnovers.

"They are coming hard with their forecheck," Peter Laviolette said after a 4-2 loss that dumped the Flyers in a 1-3 series hole. "They are turning over a lot of pucks. So we have to do a better job of getting out of our end."

In Game 1, the Devils took the first 11 shots.

In Game 2, the Flyers nearly went an entire period without a shot on goal.

Sunday, they went approximately 17 mid-game minutes without a shot on Martin Brodeur.

A minor league team would create more chances.

"We are not skating," Kimmo Timonen said, repeatedly, afterward.

Fine. Skating will help. But at some point, Laviolette has to find a way to make a max-financed offense generate some responsible, big-league hockey shots.

"I expect a lot of meetings tomorrow," Timonen said.

Good idea.

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