There are constants every coach would like to see from hockey club as a season progresses. This is one that Flyers coach Peter Laviolette can do without: 48 total penalties for 124 penalty minutes. Those Flyers totals are both NHL highs, they're the difference between the Flyers being over .500 and two games under that bar (2-4) following Sunday's 5-1 blowout loss to the Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. This time, the Flyers committed eight penalties, gave up two more power play goals and another goal that that crossed the line two seconds after a power play expired. Team discipline is team concern on this club. "They've changed up some of the rules and they're calling things one one-thousandth of a second after the puck gets dumped and stuff like that, calling more stuff on the hands, and obviously, we haven't adjusted to it," said Wayne Simmonds, himself a major violator in this game. "We have to get that done pretty quickly here or we're going to find ourselves [in more trouble] this season." Simmonds, who was yapping at B.J. Crombeen in the box in the first period, took an unnecessary unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when the two were back on the ice together. Soon after, Teddy Purcell netted Tampa's first goal of the night thanks to some magical puck movement between Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos. "I don't even know what I said to be honest," Simmonds said. "They were just trying to keep the game under wraps." The Flyers took five penalties in the first.
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