Thrashers shutout Flyers

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Flyers' captain Mike Richards is stopped by Chris Mason. Mason stopped all 43 shots he faced. (Courtesy

It’s a mystery not readily understood in the hockey world. You dominate scoring chances, put 40 shots on net, and you’re repeatedly shutout.

For the fifth time this season, the Flyers were shutout after getting 38 or more shots in this 1-0 loss to Atlanta.

Andrej Meszaros described it simply as “frustrating.”

“You shoot as much as you can, and it didn’t want to go in,” he said. “Some nights you shoot everything and it doesn’t go in, but I think we played a pretty good game. They got a lucky bounce off a skate … that’s hockey.”

That lucky bounce he referred to – Atlanta’s lone goal – came as Evander Kane blindly threw a puck towards the center where Nik Antropov saw it go off of his skate and past Bobrovsky.

With 43 shots on goal – many of them point blank chances – the Flyers’ scorers were snake bitten all throughout.

Danny Briere had a wide open back door chance in the first that caught the pad of goaltender Chris Mason. In the dying seconds, with Sergei Bobrovsky on the bench for the extra attacker, Jeff Carter beat Mason only to hit a post.

Sean O’Donnell thinks these players would want another chance at those shots.

“Obviously there’s more we could have done,” he said. “I’m sure some of those guys wish they could have had some of those point blank chances back. You would like to think what more could we do, but sometimes it’s not your night. We just have to get ready for the next game.”

One of the problems the Flyers faced was an on-and-off stream of penalties. Though they didn’t make too many trips to the sin bin (at least not compared to their opponents, who went with them nearly as much), the penalties came just often enough that they struggled getting a rhythm of offensive pressure.

Meszaros thought that the penalties interrupted his team, especially in the second period, and said that in order to win the game “we have to stay away from the penalty box.”

Despite that, the number of chances they did get should have been more than enough to generate a lead in the face of the Thrashers’ measly 22 shots on goal.

A loss is a loss, and it certainly doesn’t help towards the Flyers’ quest to secure the first seed, but this game isn’t one to dwell on.

The Flyers played a solid game. They weren’t able to capitalize on chances the way they did against Pittsburgh, but as Meszaros and O’Donnell said – some nights just aren’t your night.

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