5 Observations from Philadelphia Flyers 8-2 loss to San Jose Sharks

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 09: Kevin Labanc #62 of the San Jose Sharks lines up to take a shot past Robert Hagg #8 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 09: Kevin Labanc #62 of the San Jose Sharks lines up to take a shot past Robert Hagg #8 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 9, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /
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Lack of response concerning

What’s probably most concerning is the overall lack of response by the Flyers after going down several goals in front of their home crowd. There’s really no easy way to put it, as San Jose came in and proceeded to just take them to the cleaners, and the response by the Flyers was so poor that fans were booing before the end of the first period.

Games like this happen. There are 82 games in an NHL season, and so there really shouldn’t be a ton of panic, especially this early on. But there has to be some level of concern regarding the way the Flyer players failed to respond in the wake of getting absolutely waxed in the first 20 minutes of the game.

I thought Hakstol could have and probably should have burned a timeout early, using it as a chance to rally the troops and just to tell his guys to take some deep breaths. The Sharks kept coming in waves, the Flyers just looked helpless to stop them. That’s when a coach has to have the pulse of his team, and know when it’s the right time to slow the game down.

Who knows, maybe the Flyers come out of that time out still only down 0-2 with a different mentality, and maybe it changes the game. Maybe it does absolutely nothing, but I thought Hakstol should have at least tried to stop the bleeding there.

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The Philadelphia Flyers must respond on Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators. The Senators are going to be one of the worst teams in the league this season. If The Flyers go into Ottawa and take care of business like they should, some of the concerns that fans have after Tuesday night’s loss may be alleviated to some degree. But if the Flyers go in and lose that game, the degree of concern will undoubtedly reach maximum level.