Stevens addresses team’s Ducky loss and strong start

One day before the Flyers travel to Florida for a five-day team building trip, Flyers’ coach John Stevens explains his thoughts on the team’s heartbreaking 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim on Saturday.  Teemu Selanne scored two third-period goals, including one to tie the game with 16-seconds remaining.

“When you lose a game like that it stings and I hate losing,” Stevens said.  “There was a breakdown on the first goal and after looking at the second goal about 100 times, there is a couple things we can address and do better. But sometimes great players make great plays.  Every guy on the ice at that time has come to us and asked if they could have done something differently, (the Ducks) just made a great play in that situation.”

Despite back-to-back losses, the Flyers have earned seven of a possible 10 points in the first five games of the season.  A big change over the team’s 0-3-3 record after the first six games of the 2008-09 season.

“Our team is playing hard,” Stevens said. “We like the thing we’ve done in the games.  We’ve been out chancing the other team, the power play moving the puck great, Ray (Emery) has been sharp in the net.  Lots of good things to like after the first five games.”

The Flyers will be back in action on Oct. 16 against the Florida Panthers.

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