They talked about having a quick start to the lockout-shortened season.

How critical early games were to gain momentum and avoid a slip in the standings.

How important points against divisional rivals would be.

How all the parts needed to quickly click in unison.

Two games into the Flyers' 48-game blitz, and special teams have already become a headache for coach Peter Laviolette.

Like five power-play goals against the Flyers' penalty kill units.

OK, one was an empty netter by the Penguins, but still, the trend here is definitely not good after Sunday's 5-2 shelling by the Sabres at First Niagara Center.

"There's lots of things, but yes, we have to be better in that area," Laviolette said. "… the penalty kill we have to look at it and work at it.

"Every day is a new opportunity, but we gotta get on track here, get a win in the column and moving in the right direction."

The Sabres scored three power-play goals. New Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn was in the box for two of them.

"The first one was a roughing, then one hooking and one tripping, one of those minor penalties you definitely can't take those and put your team down a man," he said.

He became best buds with the box, visiting three times. Schenn's last misdemeanor was deadly as the resulting power play saw Tyler Myers' shot from distance go off Kimmo Timonen's skate and break a 2-2 tie with about five minutes left in the game.