NEWARK, N.J. -- Its deja vu all over again, Yogi!
The Flyers are 0-3 for the first time since the 1994-95 lockout-shortened season -- it's funny how lockouts repeat themselves.
That it had to happen against the Devils during their 3-0 home opener at the Prudential Center is especially painful, given last seasons playoff results.
Three games in, the Flyers have been outscored, 11-3. No Danny Briere -- hes injured. No Jaromir Jagr -- hes in Dallas.
Its just the third time in franchise history the Flyers have lost three games (without a tie or overtime loss) to start a season.
The Devils scored three goals on their first five shots of the game against Ilya Bryzgalov, though those opportunities spread into the second period.
The Flyers, meanwhile, were scorched on a penalty shot, faced yet another 5-on-3 penalty kill and even had an abuse of the officials bench minor called on them.
This is how bad things have become for the Flyers through three games.
They pretty much dominated the Devils in the opening period -- they didn't allow a shot for the first 12:29. But they still trailed, 2-0, at intermission.
Travis Zajac got an easy rebound at 1:07 with no Flyers defenseman within 20 feet of the net after a change. After that, Patrik Elias had a single harmless chance on net and the Flyers held a 9-2 advantage in shots, had two power plays, and couldnt dent Marty Brodeur.
They even used Tye McGinn, making his NHL debut, on the second power play unit with fellow forwards Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier. McGinn served as a big body parked in front of the crease.
In the final 25 seconds of the frame, with Braydon Coburn in the box for interference, David Clarkson took an errant point shot from behind the net, wheeled around and turned the puck into Bryzgalov.
Did we mention the goalie had lost his stick? No matter. The puck hit Ruslan Fedotenkos skate and went into the far side.
If you had to pick a pivotal moment that simply deflated the Flyers, that was it. The game went all downhill from there.
If that wasnt bad enough, the Flyers were again victimized by their horrid special teams.
Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, it was the penalty kill. Tuesday night, it was the power(less) play, as Kimmo Timonen giveaway the puck to Ilya Kovalchuk and had no choice but to haul him down.
That set up a shorthanded penalty shot that Kovalchuk backhanded over Bryzgalov for a 3-0 lead just 2:44 into the second period.
The Flyers were 0-for-6 on the power play in this one and are now 1-for-15 on the season.
Before the period ended, David Clarkson steamrolled Timonen and then Wayne Simmonds answered by cross-checking Brodeur on the shoulder.
Remember, the Flyers didnt have any enforcers in their lineup.
Finally, as if things could get any worse, Timonen ripped a shot into Scott Hartnell seven minutes into the third period. He was literally hartnelldown and noticeably labored for the remainder of the game.
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