The Philadelphia Flyers have had problems getting off to good starts in games recently. The Flyers on Tuesday night went into San Jose knowing not only did they need to get off to a good start but they also needed and wanted to play a complete hockey game. It just took San Jose 1 minute, and 22 seconds to get on the scoreboard on a Ryane Clowe goal that got by Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. It was the only goal the Sharks would need on the night as they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 1-0.
This was the eighth straight game in which the Flyers let the opponent score the games first goal. San Jose shut down the Flyers top goal score Claude Giroux and even stopped him from getting even a shot on their goal.
Claude Giroux who is behind the Pittsburgh Penguins Evgeni Malkin in the NHL scoring race by six points and it was the first time in almost a year that Giroux has been shut down without a single shot in a game.
The Flyers ended this Western road trip at 2-2 and now are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference Standings. The Flyers were hoping to get in the fourth spot in the standings past the Pittsburgh Penguins who were off on Tuesday night.
The Flyers in this game against San Jose got good goaltending from Ilya Bryzgalov and he can not be blamed for this lose against the San Jose Sharks. After giving up the early first period goal he then kept the Sharks scoreless the rest of the way but it was not enough in this game because the Flyers offense was shut down by the Sharks and they could not score a goal in the game.
The Philadelphia Flyers power-play was shut down as well. The power play was 0-for-2 on the night. In Tuesday night's game the Flyers did not allow a power-play goal either. With the trade deadline coming and going for the Philadelphia Flyers, they did make two moves in acquiring defenseman Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Crossman.
The Flyers come back to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night and will be playing the New York Islanders in what is an important game for the Philadelphia Flyers. They are currently sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference Standings. The Flyers really want to guarantee themselves a playoff spot and right now they are in the bottom portion of the standings and need to win some games. The game on Thursday against the Islanders is very important and they need the two points.