Flyers Lose on Last-Second Heartbreaker

Heading to the West Coast did not change the fortunes of the Philadelphia Flyers. They lost their fifth straight game Tuesday night.


San Jose Sharks left wing Matt Nieto (83) scores the game-winning goal during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in San Jose, Calif.

On Monday, Flyers chairman Ed Snider told the Inquirer he’d “never seen anything like it in all the years I’ve been in hockey.” Except on their first line, the Flyers weren’t scoring.

On Tuesday, the Flyers weren’t exactly inspired by the team owner’s words: They lost to the Sharks, 2-1, on a San Jose goal with 11.5 seconds left. It was the Flyers fifth straight loss.

The Flyers are now 8-13-3 — they’ve lost two-thirds of the games they’ve played this season. They are 1-8-1 in their last 10.

Here’s how Tuesday night’s heartbreaker out on the West Coast ended: Brayden Schenn turned it over in the neutral zone, and both Braydon Coburn and Nick Schultz tried to play it at the same time. The puck went to the Sharks’ Patrick Marleau, who had a breakaway. Steve Mason made the save, but Coburn crashed into him, and San Jose’s Matt Nieto put it into the empty net.

“They got two or three whacks at it and I was able to make the first save but was put in a position where I couldn’t get back and make the second or third save,” Mason said postgame. “So the second or third one went in. We just made a mistake at the wrong time.”

The Flyers play again tonight against the Anaheim Ducks at 10:30 p.m.

[CSN Philly | AP]