PHILADELPHIA -- After his team lost in Detroit on Saturday, coach Craig Berube insisted that the Flyers did a lot of good things while at even strength and that his sagging team would soon get positive results.
Maybe on Thursday.
Ryan Kesler's second goal of the night, off a rebound with 2 minutes, 25 seconds left, lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 comeback win over the dazed Flyers Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Steve Mason made a brilliant save on Chris Higgins, but Kesler put in the rebound to send the Flyers to 1-6. The two-point total matches their worst seven-game record in franchise history.
Defensemen Braydon Coburn and Nick Grossmann appeared to be out of position when Kesler pounced on the loose puck.
The Flyers wasted two goals from Tye McGinn. They are 1-3 since Berube replaced Peter Laviolette.
Higgins, left alone in front, tied it at 2-2 with 12 minutes, 29 seconds left in the third period, one-timing a Henrik Sedin pass from behind the net past Mason. It was Sedin's 800th career point.
Mason again was solid for the Flyers. Vancouver's first goal was scored when Jannik Hansen dumped the puck into the Flyers' zone and it caromed crazily off the board while Mason was caught behind the net. Kesler tapped the rebound into an empty net, tying the score at 1-1 with 7:24 left in the first period.
The goal was scored 10 seconds after McGinn backhanded a rebound past Roberto Luongo.
Early in the second period, after Jake Voracek's crossing pass was deflected by Claude Giroux, McGinn scored after digging out the puck out front, putting the Flyers ahead, 2-1.
"Obviously our record doesn't show how we're playing," Giroux said after the morning skate. "Every game, we feel like we're getting better. We're playing as a system like Chief (Berube) wants us to. We just have to stay with it. It's going to pay off soon. We just have to keep playing the way we're playing."
Berube has been stressing practices filled with hard-skating drills. He also has been preaching that the Flyers have to play with more discipline and stay out of the penalty box.
On Tuesday, they committed just one minor penalty, a hooking infraction by Grossmann in the opening period. (Grossmann left the game in the third period with an apparent shoulder injury, but he returned a short time later.)
The Flyers' offense continues to struggle. They managed just 22 shots on Tuesday and they have scored a total of 10 goals -- their lowest seven-game total at the start of the season in franchise history. Their power play was 0 for 2 and has not connected in its last 17 tries.
The Flyers host their bitter rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Thursday night.
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