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Frustration at peak for Flyers’ Forsberg

Philadelphia center knocked out of game with three penalties in final minutes.

VOORHEES, N.J. — Peter Forsberg was so angry after Thursday’s loss to Tampa Bay that he left the arena without talking to the media to avoid a possible fine for criticizing officials.

The Flyers lost the game, which was much closer than the 5-2 final. It was Philadelphia’s 10th straight loss to the Lightning.

With 4:10 left in the third period and the Flyers trailing 3-2, Forsberg was whistled for a high-sticking penalty. When he argued the call, he received additional 2-minute unsportsmanlike penalty and 10-minute misconduct — knocking him out of the game for the final minutes.

“I was just so mad, I knew I was going to get fined if I said anything,” Forsberg said Friday after practice.

Forsberg says he was frustrated. He thought the referees should have called a penalty on a Tampa player for hooking him just before he was whistled for high-sticking.

“I don’t usually criticize the refs,”Forsberg said, “but it’s tough when you try to do your best and you don’t get a fair chance.”

The Flyers are off to a disappointing 3-8-1 start and Forsberg admits that might have played a role in the outburst.

“I don’t think it’s a good thing that I took the penalties,” he said. “But at least we showed emotion in the third period. We tried to come back.”

Forsberg’s frustration probably began early, as the Flyers once again struggled with a poor start. They have been outscored 34-15 in the first two periods this season.

Notes: Jeff Carter and Randy Robitaille suffered left ankle injuries against Tampa Bay, and both are still undergoing medical tests to determine their status. Eric Meloche was called up from the Phantoms on Friday to replace Robitaille for Saturday’s home game against Washington.

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