Arizona halted their season-high five-game winning streak on Thursday
By Eric Goldstein
Jake Voracek is fully aware that the Flyers don’t have a good track record when it comes to responding strongly after a winning streak is ended, whether in the past couple of years or even this year.
It’s why he didn’t brush the question aside about how key it is for the team to immediately bounce back following the Flyers 3-1 loss on Thursday to the Coyotes that halted the team’s season-high five-game winning streak.
“When we have won a few in a row (this year), we then went on a losing streak. We have to learn from it and have a good effort on Saturday against Ottawa,” Voracek said. “If we are going to play the same way we did today, we should be able to find a way to win the game.”
The Flyers compiled a modest three-game winning streak in mid-October but proceeded to lose the next two games and three out of four. In early November, they went on a four-game winning streak but struggled to win just once over the next five games.
They don’t have to wait long to find the win column again, with a home game against the struggling Senators (12-16-1 entering Friday). Then, the Flyers begin a three-game road swing to Colorado, Minnesota and Winnipeg next week.
“I don’t think you need to over analyze it just because we lost one game,” said veteran defenseman Matt Niskanen, who scored his third goal of the year on an assist by Sean Couturier and Voracek. “Guys should be confident because we have been playing some pretty good hockey and get ready for Saturday.”
Flyers coach Alain Vigneault praised his team’s effort but said the execution wasn’t good enough against Arizona. They outshot the Coyotes 29-18 (and 66-37 in shot attempts) and controlled most of the play but went 0-for-3 on the power play and just couldn’t figure out goalie Darcy Kuemper.
“Overall, we played a pretty good game,” Niskanen said. “We just went on a good run, so we have to move past this game and try to start another (winning streak).”
Goalie Brian Elliott, who stopped 15 of 17 shots, feels it should be a little easier to recover from the loss because the team played a strong game.
“After winning so much, you expect to and that is why it is easy to get down on yourself after a loss,” he said. “But I think we need to take the positives out of that one and move on.
“You’re not going to win them all in this league and there are going to be games that you deserve to win, and you don’t, and you have to regroup and come back the next day.”