Saturday nights postgame had an interesting tidbit of information come from long-time commentator Jim Jackson. Jackson noted that the Flyers have given scored and subsequently given up a goal two minutes later a dozen times. He hit the nail on the head with that statement. The Flyers have in fact given up a dozen goals at least two minutes after scoring this season. It’s happened in 11 games, and their record in those games is 4-7-0. It’s an interesting stat, but more so concerning when you take a deeper look at the goals they’ve given up that meet this criteria.
|Game||Flyers Goal & Time||Opponent Goal & Time||Time Difference||Game Result|
|1/15 v. PIT||Provorov @ 11:30 (1st)||Crosby @ 12:59||1:29||W, 5-2|
|1/18 v. BUF||Aube-Kubel @ 17:55 (3rd)||Olofsson @ 18:49||:54||L, 6-1|
|1/23 @ BOS||Hayes @ 1:14 (2nd)||Smith @ 2:30||1:16||L, 6-1|
|1/26 v. NJ||Provorov @ 18:24 (3rd)||Zacha @ 18:52||:28||W, 5-3|
|2/7 @ WSH||Laughton @ 2:29 (2nd)||Ovechkin @ 4:08||1:39||W, 7-4|
|2/21 @ BOS||Couturier @ 14:48 (1st)||McAvoy @ 15:27||:39||L, 7-3|
|2/24 v. NYR||Gustafsson @ 7:48 (1st)||Kreider @ 9:32||1:44||W, 4-3|
|3/2 @ PIT||Farabee @ 2:32 (2nd)||Kapanen @ 3:39||1:07||L, 5-2|
|Farabee @ 11:00 (3rd)||Ceci @ 12:08||1:08||L, 5-2|
|3/6 @ PIT||Konecny @ 6:08 (1st)||Malkin @ 7:54||1:46||L, 4-3|
|3/11 v. WSH||Konecny @ 11:14 (1st)||Sheary @ 13:10||1:56||L, 5-3|
|3/13 v. WSH||van Riemsdyk @ 2:36 (2nd)||Jensen @ 3:05||:29||L, 5-4|
12 goals in 11 different games, the Flyers found a way to squander their own momentum by allowing the opposition to score within two minutes of each. What’s interesting is when the goals were scored and what the score was at the time. On four occasions, the Flyers took the lead only to have their opponent tie it up within two minutes. Three occasions saw the Flyers tie the game until the opposition took the lead back within two minutes. Two goals padded the Flyers lead, while two were basically meaningless goals.
Three goals under this criteria brought the Flyers within one goal of tying, and one of the goals brought the Flyers within two goals. Take that as you will, but in each instance, momentum was quashed. The Flyers have a knack for giving these types of goals up, and it’s a problem that needs to be addressed.
When taking a look at these goals, you notice a trend. Five of these goals were scored in the first frame. In any game, scoring early gets you off on the right foot, but allowing a goal shortly after shoots you in said foot. The Flyers dropped three of those five games where they allowed a goal two minutes or less after theirs. Whether they just weren’t able to recover or the opposing team slammed the door shut, the Flyers squandered their momentum by allowing a goal that shortly after their own.
Four of these goals were scored in the second period, the crucial middle frame. Two of those goals tied the game, while another took the lead. The last goal brought the team within one goal of tying. The Flyers dropped three of those four games. The third period saw the opposing team score within two minutes of a Flyers goal on three separate occasions. Two of the goals padded the Flyers lead, while the other brought them within one goal of tying. Out of those three games, the Flyers came out victorious on once. They lost by three or more in the other two instances.
The Flyers have allowed a goal within two minutes of one of their own a dozen times. The average time between those goals is 1:13. Four times, the opposing team scored within a minute, the shortest being 29 seconds. If the Flyers can’t cut down on allowing this to happen, it spells even more problems for the orange and black. If they can find a way to score, shut down their opponents chances shortly after and not allow them to get back into the game, they might find themselves riding a longer wave of momentum. Until then, they’re only shooting themselves in the foot by allowing these types of goals.
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