PHILADELPHIA - Bad turnovers and a poor second period handed the Flyers their fourth straight loss on Thursday night.
The Flyers fell 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, dropping Philadelphia to 1-7-0 to start the season. It is the worst start in franchise history.
The Flyers were outshot 17-5 in the second period.
"We stopped playing," coach Craig Berube said about the second period. "We stood around and watched them play."
Steve Mason stopped the first 21 shots he faced - the Flyers were being outshot 21-10 at the time - when a bad turnover by Kimmo Timonen set up Pittsburgh's first goal.
Timonen went to corral a loose puck at the blue line and clear it from the zone, but he fell down, turning the puck over to Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin. Malkin passed the puck up to Jussi Jokinen, who fired fired a shot over Mason's right shoulder to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead.
The inability to possess the puck in the defensive zone continued in the period.
The Penguins had more than a minute of time in the Flyers' zone, setting up their second goal. After playing keep-away with the Flyers and firing four shots on goal, Chris Kunitz buried a rebound off of Matt Niskanen's shot to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead.
The Flyers' power play, which had been on an 0-for-18 drought, finally came alive at the end of the second period.
With a minute left, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was called for interference on Max Talbot, setting up the second power play of the game for Philadelphia. The Penguins blocked two shots in the final 20 seconds, but a Wayne Simmonds deflection off of Claude Giroux's wrister cut the Penguins' lead to 2-1 with 1.7 seconds to spare.
The Flyers got a spark from that goal and outplayed the Penguins in the third period, but Fleury stepped up, despite not being tested through the first two periods.
The Penguins' netminder made 24 saves, 11 of them coming in the final period to hold off the late Flyers surge.
"When we decided to play we were fine," Berube said. "We had some good opportunities, we scored some goals, we scored a power-play goal tonight which was huge. At then end of the (second) period Simmonds had a great chance in the third on the power play."
Along with Fleury's play, another costly turnover in the final minutes of play iced the game.
Braydon Coburn coughed up a blind pass out front that Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis received. He passed the puck over to an uncovered Sidney Crosby, who tapped in an easy goal to make it a 3-1 game.
"I mean we played a good game in the third period," Berube said. "They ended up getting a late goal on the turnover but the period was well-played."
Mason finished the game with 31 saves.
"He's been our best player by far," Brayden Schenn said after the game of Mason. "You're only getting one or two goals a night, you know, it's probably a little bit frustrating the fact he's playing well and he's making key saves."
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