RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Flyers probably feel like asking the NHL if they can hit the "reset" button.
For the second straight season -- and just the fourth time since the franchise started in 1967-68 -- the Flyers have started the year with three consecutive losses.
They dropped a 2-1 decision Sunday evening to the host Carolina Hurricanes, a team projected to finish toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers play host to Florida on Tuesday and will try to avoid their first 0-4 start in their history.
If this pace continues, it's fair to wonder how patient general manager Paul Holmgren will be with his coach, Peter Laviolette, especially since the Flyers are coming off a year in which they missed the playoffs for just the second time in the last 18 seasons.
The Flyers were outshot 34-18.
Carolina, playing without two injured regulars, thoroughly embarrassed the turnover-plagued Flyers in the first period, outshooting them, 17-5, and taking a 1-0 lead when Steve Mason allowed Jay Harrison's long drive to squirt between his legs. A bad clear by Mason enabled the Hurricanes to keep the puck in the zone before the goal.
Besides that gaffe, Mason was terrific in the first period, stopping 16 of 17 shots.
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