TORONTO – One streak ends, another begins.
And so it goes for the Philadelphia Flyers nearly two months into the 2008-09 NHL regular season.
The Flyers suffered their first regulation loss in 10 games, a 4-2 defeat at Toronto on Saturday night. Philadelphia had been on a 7-0-2 run since dropping a 2-1 decision to Tampa Bay back on Nov. 8.
Prior to that streak, though, the Flyers lost four consecutive games in regulation time. Before that, there was a four-game winning streak that followed Philadelphia’s forgettable 0-3-3 performance in the first six games of the season.
And, as the Flyers dropped a 3-2 overtime game against Carolina on Friday, they’ve already embarked on another streak, albeit a modest two-game winless skid (0-1-1).
“We’re a streaky team, that’s for sure,” said Flyers captain Mike Richards, who scored both goals in Saturday night’s loss against Toronto. “But we’ve been playing well lately. Even tonight, we had some chances.”
The Flyers, with an 11-7-5 record, are in third in the Atlantic Division and sit sixth overall in the Eastern Conference. The game against Toronto was Philadelphia’s sixth in nine days; the Flyers went 4-1-1 in that span.
“We picked up some valuable points in that stretch,” said Philadelphia goaltender Martin Biron. “We’re hungry for more points. We want (to win) every game.”
With home games against Tampa Bay, New Jersey, the New York Islanders and Carolina sandwiched around a road game against the Hurricanes, the Flyers have a relatively friendly schedule over the next couple of weeks, and thus, the opportunity to go on another hot streak.
“It’s up to our group to get some rest and work that much harder now,” said Flyers coach John Stevens. “It seems to me, the harder you work, the more chances you get.”