"These were wasted opportunities," forward Danny Briere said about the Flyers' opportunity to steal six points from teams on the back end of back-to-backs. "There's going to be times where we're going to be the other team coming into someone else's building and find a way to do the same thing."
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette didn't seem to put much stock in the Ducks' being weaker because they were playing on back-to-back nights.
"Whether they played the night before or didn't play the night before, you want to win," Laviolette said. "It's disappointing. I think things are moving in the right direction, but we're not getting the results we're looking for."
It didn't help that the Flyers - who were playing their first game after 4 consecutive days off - didn't get off to a good start.
Lubomir Visnovsky caught starter Sergei Bobrovsky by surprise when he blasted a slap shot off Bobrovsky's shoulder and into the net just 35 seconds into the game. Bobrovsky might have been screened by Teemu Selanne's drop pass as he moved just inside the blue line.
Jody Shelley tried to spark his teammates' lackluster start by dropping the mitts with Anaheim's George Parros less than 2 minutes later. It seemed to work, even though Parros got the best of Shelley.
Scott Hartnell was credited with the Flyers' goal that evened the score at 1-1 just 4:16 into the opening period, though the final call came after a lengthy video review. Even though the puck was clearly behind McElhinney - and the red light flashed behind him - referee Dean Morton signaled no goal.
Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman had batted the puck out of the net as quickly as it entered.
A debate with the NHL's War Room in Toronto verified Hartnell's first goal of the season. After solid puck movement inside the Ducks' zone, Hartnell and Ville Leino grinded the rebound from Andrej Meszaros' point shot back into the net.
Jason Blake tapped in a Selanne pass less than 7 minutes later to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead. But as time wore on, the Flyers began to wear down the road-weary Ducks.
"I think we controlled the puck most of the night," Hartnell said. "We got the puck to the net like we wanted to but their goalie was impressive. We've got to be a little more accountable, we've got to work harder and get the pucks in the net."
Claude Giroux finally cracked McElhinney with 6:10 left in the second period to knot the game at 2-2, sticking with his own rebound. Matt Carle's long outlet pass that spanned from blue line to blue line sent Giroux speeding by Sheldon Brookbank. McElhinney made the initial save but tucked a backhand putback over his outstretched glove hand.
Through two periods, the Flyers had more than doubled up Anaheim's 14 shots with 32 of their own but only had two goals to show for their effort.
And then Getzlaf's innocent poke at the puck in front of Bobrovsky made it all for naught.
"It was one of our best games so far in this short season," Briere said. "But it was one of those nights where you're coming up on the short end of the stick in every department."
The Flyers were 0-for-5 on the power play against Anaheim, the most penalized team in the NHL . . . To celebrate Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Wells Fargo Center, three-time cancer survivor Jessy Kyle kicked the game off by singing the national anthem . . . Former Flyer Dave Schultz, a Canadian by birth, became the latest Broad Street Bully to be naturalized as an American citizen yesterday. Bob "The Hound" Kelly and Orest Kindrachuk became citizens Sept. 17.
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