Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Flyers Score in Overtime to Beat Penguins in Fight Filled Game

Four fights, nine major penalties, a 10 minute misconduct, a game misconduct, a total of 93 penalty minutes, 75 shots, and five goals including an overtime winner took place in the city of Brotherly Love tonight. 

Giroux scores the winner in OT
When it was all said and done the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in overtime in this wild and exciting hockey game. 

"It was a little crazy. It's always fun to play them," Claude Giroux said in an interview after scoring the game winning goal in overtime while on the PowerPlay. "Obviously we enjoy playing in these games and we're pretty happy to get this win."

Tempers rose early in the game after Zac Rinaldo destroyed Penguins defenseman Kris Letang on a vicious and dirty hit from behind. Letang's head hit the boards and he stayed on the ice for a while. He left the game and did not return. Rinaldo was given a five minute major and a game misconduct. 

Despite being the worst penalty killing team in the NHL, the Flyers got out of the major unscathed and miraculously walked away with a 1-0 lead at the end of the period. Philadelphia played one of their worst periods only registering three shots on goal (one came from the defensive zone on a clearing attempt); however, one of those shots found the back of the cage. Luke Schenn squeezed a shot through traffic and despite being outshot 17-3 and down a man for five straight minutes, the Flyers led 1-0 after one. 

Less than two minutes to start the next period the rough stuff continued. Craig Adam's cross checked Michael Raffl, who took exception to that and the two dropped the mitts. On the ensuing PowerPlay, it was the Penguins who capitalized while shorthanded. Chris Kunitz took advantage of a misplay from Mark Streit and went in on a two on one with Sidney Crosby. Kunitz looked Crosby off, then ripped a shot past Ray Emery tying the game at 1. 

Voracek fights Scuderi
Just over a couple minutes later, Emery got in on the action. Newly acquired David Perron got his stick tied up in Emery's equipment so he took a swing  at Perron. Nothing more materialized except a Penguins PowerPlay which Philadelphia was able to kill off. 

30 seconds after the flyers killed Emery's roughing penalty, Rob Scuderi hit Jake Voracek with a hip check that Voracek thought was out of line. So Jake angrily went after him dropping the gloves, proceeding to pound Scuderi. Voracek, however, was given a two minute minor for instigation, a five minute major for fighting and a ten minute misconduct, forcing the NHL's leading scorer to sit out 17 minutes of the game. 

During the ensuing penalty, Luke Schenn dropped the gloves with Steve Downie protecting Michael Del Zotto, who took a heavy slash from Downie seconds earlier. 

Moments later, it was Del Zotto who took a penalty for charging Robert Bortuzzo. There were only about six to seven minutes of full strength hockey played in this wild middle period; however, not one PowerPlay goal was scored. 

Before the period was complete, there was one more tussle. Pierre Edouard Bellemare squared off with tough guy Bobby Farnham. And in his first National Hockey League fight, Bellemare laid out Farnham. 

The 3rd period began and there was still some hockey to be played. Pittsburgh's leading scorer Evgeni Malkin helped put the Penguins in the lead for the first time in this game. Malkin came in on the odd man rush and slammed on the breaks patiently out waiting the Flyers defense, then found Beau Bennett for a wide open net.

Refusing to go down quietly, the Flyers stuck with their game plan, and it payed off. 2:01 after Pittsburgh's tally, Chris VandeVelde deflected Del Zotto's shot tying the game a two apiece. 

Giroux finds the loose puck, scoring the GWG
The Flyers and the Penguins traded PowerPlays late in the game yet neither team could break the tie and this game was headed to overtime. 

In overtime after failing to score on a carryover penalty, the Flyers were given another chance when the Penguins were caught with too many men on the ice. 

With under 10 second left in that PowerPlay and just over a minute left in OT, Voracek took a blast that somehow went threw Penguins goalie Thomas Greiss' jersey then proceeded to fall out the back of his sweater. Giroux was the first to locate the loose puck and buried it for the game winning goal.  

Philadelphia played tonight's game with passion and fire in their eyes as they usually do when facing Pittsburgh. Seeing players stand up for each other and themselves, killing penalties when it mattered the most and scoring the big goals is something the Flyers have been missing up to this point. Hopefully, Philadelphia will be able to carry over this emotion and passion into the rest of their season moving forward. 

Game Notes:
  • Tonight was the sixth straight win for the Flyers against the Penguins. 
  • Claude Giroux tied a career high 10 shots on goal. It was the first time since February 21, 2012, that Giroux took 10 shots in a game. 
  • Philadelphia went a perfect 6 for 6 on the penalty kill including a five minute major. 
  • Their PowerPlay went 1 for 6. 
  • Despite the Flyers only picking up three shots in the first period, they still managed to outshoot the Penguins 40-35. 
  • It was only the fourth time this season and first since December 20th that the Flyers took 40+ shots. 
  • Voracek's 17 penalty minutes tonight is the second highest total he has ever accumulated in a game throughout his career and the highest since picking up 19 PIM in a game against Washington on March 31, 2013, when he got into his first NHL fight. 
Drop The Puck:
Due to the NHL All Star break, the Flyers have off until next Tuesday the 27th when they host the Arizona Coyotes.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Islanders Handle Flyers Easily

The New York Islanders scored early and they scored often in their 7-4 defeat over the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon.

Despite the four goals by the Flyers, the Islanders lead was never quite threatened. After going up 2-0 just 8:06 minutes in, New York never lost that two goal lead. 

The Islanders offense, which has scored more goals than any other team except Tampa Bay, proved how good they were today against the Flyers, who kept trying to battle back. 

Four times the Flyers cut the lead from three goals to two in an attempt to comeback. Yet all four times, the Islanders responded extending their lead back to three. In fact, it took the Islanders less than five minutes in all four instances to counter. 

Also, New York scored in four different facets of the game; they scored a PowerPlay goal, a shorthanded goal, four even strength tallies and an empty netter. 

That offense was evident right from the get-go. Michael Grabner used his speed to get around the Flyers defense and ripped a shot that beat Rob Zepp just 1:32 into the game. Less than seven minutes later Nikolay Kuleman scored his first of two today. The play started with a bad turnover at the Flyers blue line which led directly to offense for the Islanders and Kuleman ultimately found and buried a large rebound. 

"We can't give Grabner a partial breakaway, that's a huge mistake," coach Craig Berube told reporters. "Second goal is a mistake. Get down two nothing. But we competed and battled back. And then at the end of the second period we shot ourselves in the foot." 

The Flyers did battle back scoring twice in the 2nd period, once on a PowerPlay goal by Mark Streit and then Michael Del Zotto in front on a feed from Jake Voracek. However, the Islanders scored three times in the period, one before the Flyers scored, another in between and a third right after the Flyers goal. 

Kuleman extended the Islanders lead while the Flyers were on the PowerPlay. Kuleman blocked Matt Read's shot and was off to the races. The shorthanded goal was his second of the game, eleventh of the season. 

Josh Bailey responded for the Islanders just minutes after Streit got the Flyers on the board. Then John Tavares took advantage of a late PowerPlay goal with seven seconds remaining in the period giving the Islanders a 5-2 lead heading into the final stanza. 

Claude Giroux got another one back after Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak fumbled the puck behind the net.  Zac Rinaldo scooped it up and found Giroux in front for the wide opened net. 

For the third time in the game, the Islanders responded. Nick Leddy scored from the point, on a seeing eye shot past Ray Emery, who replaced Rob Zepp after the Islanders fourth goal. 

Philadelphia made one more push late in the game when Chris VandeVelde deflected Luke Schenn's shot with under three to play; however, the Islanders quickly thwarted that comeback with an empty net goal by Anders Lee. 

"I don't know how many breakaways they had tonight but that can't happen," Giroux said after the game. "We have to do a better job in front of our goalie."

Game Notes:
  • Carlo Colaiacovo left the game early and did not return. He is the third Flyers defenseman to go down with an injury in the last week (Braydon Coburn and Nicklas Grossmann). 
  • Today was only the second time the Flyers lost a game after scoring four goals (5-4 shootout loss to Anaheim on December 3rd). 
  • The Flyers were outshot 41-29. It was only the fifth time this season the Flyers allowed 40+ shots against. 
  • Philadelphia went 3 for 4 on the penalty kill. The Flyers have allowed at least one PowerPlay goal against in six of their last seven games. 
  • Sean Couturier and Matt Read were a combined minus-10 today. 
  • Brayden Schenn and Jake Voracek each had two assists and were a both a plus 1. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers jump right back into action tomorrow when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Flyers Snap Six Game Road Skid, Top Struggling Sabres

The Philadelphia Flyers snapped their long shutout streak, scoring four goals defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 tonight. 

After being shutout in their last two games, the Flyers were finally able to find the back of the twine against the league's worst team. RJ Umberger's goal in the 2nd period, which tied the game at one, broke Philadelphia's 168:50 minute goalless drought. 

Once the drought was over, the goals came much easier for the team. Just under four minutes after Umberger tipped in Matt Read's shot on the PowerPlay, it was Mark Streit's turn, also while on the man-advantage. Streit received a backhanded feed from Claude Giroux and blasted a shot from the point past Sabres goalie Michal Neuvirth, giving the Flyers their first lead in three games. 

Rob Zepp got the nod for the third time in the last four games and played fairly well once again. Zemgus Girgensons scored on Zepp twice, once in the 1st on a long shot that may have hit a Flyer in the leg and again late in the 3rd period with the Sabers goalie pulled. Tyler Ennis also beat Zepp after finding a loose rebound. Zepp made 24 saves on 27 shots including stopping a breakaway attempt in the 2nd which most likely would have given the Sabres the lead at the end of the period.

Philadelphia broke the 2-2 tie just over five minutes into the start of the final period on a Chris VandeVelde breakaway. Vinny Lecavalier set up VandeVelde for the break, who lost the puck as he tried to make a move; however, the puck still trickled past Neuvirth putting the Flyers back on top. 

Michael Raffl extended the Flyers lead 2:45 minutes later depositing Michael Del Zotto's rebound which ultimately become the game winner due to Girgensons late tally in the final minute of the game. 

Two games without is goal is a long time," Craig Berube said after the game. "It was only a matter of time before we were going to score." 

Philadelphia improves to 18-21-7 on the season. 

Game Notes:
  • Tonight's loss was Buffalo's tenth straight regulation defeat. 
  • The win for the Flyers snapped their six game road losing streak. 
  • The Flyers went 2 for 3 on the PowerPlay while the Sabres went 1 for 3. 
  • Del Zotto picked up two assists tonight. It was his first two point game since October 25. 
  • Umberger's five shots tonight matched his season high. 
  • Pierre Edouard Bellemare left the game early and did not return. His status is currently unknown. 
  • Kimmo Timonen, who has been on blood thinners since the summer due to multiple blood clots, received news that the clot in his lung is gone, but one in his leg remains. His future still remains question. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will go from worst to first. After facing a division worst Buffalo Sabres tonight, they will face a division leading New York Islanders on Monday.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Flyers Shutout in Back to Back Games

The Vancouver Canucks shutout the lifeless Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 tonight.

For the first time since April of last year, the Flyers were shutout in back to back games. Nothing went right for Philadelphia tonight. Their PowerPlay went 0-4, the penalty kill was a poor 1 for 3, and Ray Emery just looked bad, stopping only nine shots on 12 attempts. 

It did not help that Vancouver got off to a great start scoring two goals about six minutes apart, taking an early 2-0 lead in the opening period. Nick Bonino scored the first on a nifty move on Michael Del Zotto, yet took a stoppable shot that snuck past Emery, while Henrik Sedin got the second on a tip-in on the PowerPlay. 

Being down 2-0 at home, Philadelphia needed a solid start to the next period. Instead it was Vancouver scoring two goals 1:43 minutes in, just 22 seconds apart. 

Radim Vrbata launched a laser beating Emery, who already committed to going down, over the shoulder 1:21 minutes in, for the Canucks second PowerPlay goal of the game putting an end to Ray Emery's rough night. 

Rob Zepp came in and 22 seconds later, was hung out to dry as the Flyers surrendered a breakaway to Jannik Hanson, who made no made no mistake putting the Canucks up 4-0. 

The Flyers were dead in the water; and there were still 38 minutes left to play. 

Philadelphia had a respectable final period outshooting Vancouver 12-3, but this was after the Canucks went into a defensive mode to preserve the victory. Nevertheless, the Flyers still could not break the shutout.  

The shutout loss drops Philadelphia to 17-21-7 on the season. 

Game Notes:
  • Scott Laughton was out tonight with an upper body injury sustained after taking a heavy hit in yesterday's game versus the Capitals. He is day to day. 
  • Zac Rinaldo, who has been a healthy scratch for several games, replaced Laughton and ended up with 12 penalty minutes. 
  • Despite allowing a goal on his first shot faced, Zepp played well stopping nine shots on 10 attempts. 
  • After scoring PowerPlay goals in five straight games, the Flyers have gone 0-7 in their last two contests. 
  • Wayne Simmonds got into his fourth fight of the season. Even that couldn't get the Flyers going. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will look to regroup themselves on Saturday when they face the Eastern Conference's worst, Buffalo Sabres.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Flyers Lose Another Important Game

The Philadelphia Flyers were defeated by the Washington Capitals 1-0 tonight. 

Just two nights ago, the Flyers took part in a 10 goal contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning scoring seven goals of their own. It seemed like at one point, everything the Flyers put on goal had a chance to cross the line. Tonight, however, was a much different night. Nothing went right for the Flyers offensively; they were only able to muster up 21 shots, chances were sparse, and they just could not find the back of the cage.

Claude Giroux was stopped on a semi breakaway, he also flubbed a prime one-time opportunity in the final seconds, Vinny Lecavalier fanned on a wide open chance in the crease, Wayne Simmonds failed to score on five shots and the PowerPlay went 0-3. 

Washington scored 3:13 minutes into the game and never looked back. Matt Niskanen was the recipient of a Flyers failed clear at the blue line. Niskanen took a long shot which was redirected past Rob Zepp by Jason Chimera. 

Zepp, who started his second consecutive game played very well stopping 25 shots on 26 attempts, including a huge kick save at the end of the 2nd period keeping the Flyers within one. He was awarded the second star of the game. 

The loss is a bit of a microcosm of the season so far. They hung in their but just could not get it done when it mattered the most. Washington is another team ahead of Philadelphia in the standings; therefore, they need to steal points from these opponents. Boston was another above them that they played last week and again they did not take advantage. The hole the Flyers are digging themselves in is slowly becoming too big to get out off. 

The Flyers fall to 17-20-7, 11 points out of a playoff spot. 

Game Notes:
  • Scott Laughton left the game in the 2nd period after taking a heavy hit as he cut across the middle of the ice with his head down. He did not return. 
  • Tonight was the fifth time the Flyers were shutout this season. 
  • The Flyers went 0-3 on the PowerPlay snapping their five game streak of scoring a PowerPlay goal. 
  • Philadlephia went 2 for 2 on the penalty kill. 
  • Zepp started consecutive games for the first time in his NHL career. He is now 2-1 in his three starts. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will look to put this behind them quickly as they host the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Flyers Destroy Lightning

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning handedly, 7-3 tonight. 

The Flyers exploded for five goals in the 2nd period period to take a commanding 7-1 lead at one point. No Flyer scored more than once, 14 Flyers scored at least one point, while six picked up two points and Mark Streit had three. 

Chris VandeVelde, RJ Umberger, Jake Voracek, Pierre Edouard Bellemare, Mark Streit, Brayden Schenn and Michael Raffl all scored for Philadelphia. 

Rob Zepp earned his second career NHL victory and first career home win tonight making 21 saves on 24 shots. 

Game Notes:
  • Flyers went 3 for 4 on the PowerPlay and 1 for 3 on the penalty kill. 
  • The Flyers have scored seven PowerPlay goals in their last five games. 
  • Claude Giroux had two assists in his 27th  birthday today. 
  • Seven goals ties the Flyers season high
  • It was eight games ago that the Flyers last scored more than three goals in a game.
  • Braydon Coburn left the game with a lower body injury and did not return. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will look to carry their momentum into Washington on Wednesday when they face the Capitals. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Flyers Fall to Boston

The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Boston Bruins 3-1 this afternoon. 

The Bruins are currently holding the final wildcard spot for the playoffs; therefore, it was imperative that the Flyers defeat them in order to pick up points. However, the loss now puts Philadelphia 11 points back at the halfway mark of the season. 

Boston scored a PowerPlay, an even strength and a shorthanded goal today. Rookie David Pastrnak scored the first two goals for the Bruins, a PowerPlay goal in the 1st and an even strength in the 3rd for his first two goals of his career. 

Chris Kelly extended the lead to 3-0 while shorthanded. 

Claude Giroux got one back on the PowerPlay, but that's as close as the Flyers would get. 

Game Notes:
Steve Mason left the game and did not return after suffering an injury to his lower body (looked like a knee injury). 
Ray Emery made 10 saves on 13 shots in relief. 
Flyers outshot the Bruins 25 to 18. 
Philadelphia went 1 for 6 on the PowerPlay while going 3 for 4 on the penalty kill. 

Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Voracek's OT Goal Helps Flyers Defeat Capitals

The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in overtime tonight.

The Flyers took full advantage of a PowerPlay during the extra session when Claude Giroux set up Jake Voracek for a blast from between the tops of the circles. Voracek's shot beat Capitals goalie Brayden Holtby giving Philadelphia a two game winning streak. 

Both Philadelphia and Washington traded goals in the opening period, Alex Ovechkin on the PowerPlay for the Capitals matched by Sean Couturier for the Flyers. Then again in the 3rd period. Karl Alzner gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead before RJ Umberger responded less than a minute and a half later. 

It was the second time on the last two games that the Flyers won after regulation (shootout versus Ottawa, now overtime win versus Washington). With the victory, Philadelphia improves to a 16-18-7 record on the season. 

Game Notes:
  • Nicklas Grossmann left the game early and did not return  he was labeled with an 'upper body' that looked like a should or collar bone injury. 
  • Flyers went 1 for 4 on the PowerPlay and 2 for 3 on the penalty kill. 
  • Steve Mason stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win. 
  • Wayne Simmonds led the Flyers with seven shots tonight. 
  • Matt Read and Nick Shultz both recorded two assists tonight. It was the first time all season Shultz recorded a multipoint game. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will look to extend their winning streak when they host the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Flyers Finally Win a Shootout!

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in a shootout tonight.

The Flyers snapped their 10 game shootout losing streak, along with their five game skid tonight when Wayne Simmonds scores in the fifth round to break the tie. 

Mika Zibanejad and Jake Voracek traded shootout goals in the first round. Steve Mason, who made 41 saves tonight, made the next four stops before it was Simmonds turn. Simmonds made a great backhand to forehand move beating Craig Anderson for the Flyers first win of the new calendar year. 

After two scoreless periods Mike Hoffman broke the scoring for the Senators early in the 3rd. Simmonds responded for the Flyers while on the PowerPlay just 2:23 minutes later. 

Philadelphia improves to 15-18-7 on the season.

Game Notes:
  • Captain Claude Giroux returned to action after missing one game with a leg laceration. He recorded one assist, played 22:13 minutes and took a season high eight shots. 
  • For the third time in four games, a Flyers was cut by a skate tonight. Brayden Schenn took Wayne Simmonds' skate to the chin. He received about 15 stitches and returned to the game. Michael Del Zotto (back of the neck) and Claude Giroux ankle area) were the other two. 
  • The Flyers were a perfect 4 for 4 on the penalty kill and went 1 for 4 on the PowerPlay. 
  • Senators outshot the Flyers 42-34. It was the first time the Flyers allowed 40 shots or more in 20 games. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will look to build on this win when they host the Washington Capitals on Thursday. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Jagr's Hat Trick Helps Devils Extends Flyers Losing Streak to Five Games

The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the New Jersey Devils 5-2 tonight.

The Devils ran away with this game early scoring three goals in the opening period, two from Jaromir Jagr and one from Patrick Elias, and then two more in the 2nd courtesy of Scott Gomez and Jagr again, taking a commanding 5-0 lead. 

The Flyers, who played without two of their centers, Claude Giroux (leg laceration) and Scott Laughton (lower body injury), scored a late goal in the 2nd by Andrew MacDonald then tallied once more on the PowerPlay off the stick of Vinny Lecavalier in the 3rd. 

The Flyers end their long road trip with a 3-4-1 record after a five game losing streak. 

Game Notes:
  • The loss drops the Flyers to 14-18-7 on the season, tied for 5th in the division. 
  • Jaromir Jagr became the oldest player in NHL history to score a hat trick at 42. 
  • There were four fights in tonight's game. Michael Raffl, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and Zac Rinaldo all dropped the gloves. 
  • Philadelphia went 1 for 2 on the PowerPlay and 2 for 3 on the penalty kill. 
  • Ray Emery started tonight for the Flyers stopping just 13 shots on 18 attempts. 
  • Brayden Schenn, Andrew MacDonald , Jake Voracek and Michael Del Zotto picked up assists. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers finally arrive home to play in Philadelphia on Tuesday versus the Ottawa Senators. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Giroux Receives Injury Scare as Hurricanes Hand Flyers Their Fourth Straight Defeat

The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 tonight.

Carolina opened the scoring in the 1st period courtesy of Brad Malone, before Eric Staal extended that lead to two early in the 2nd. 

Philadelphia received a huge scare in the 3rd period when captain Claude Giroux took a skate blade to the back of his leg. Giroux was quickly carried off the ice and was taken to the home team's lockerroom since it was closer as this injury required immediate attention. 

After the game, the Flyers organization announced that Giroux will be fine and is 'probably' for tomorrow's game. Apparently the Kevlar hockey socks that Giroux was wearing saved him from a far worse injury. 

The Flyers cut the lead in half midway through the 3rd on a goal by Chris VandeVelde, but were ultimately unable to get the equalizer. 

After a great 3-0 start to the road trip, the Flyers suddenly fall to 3-3-1 with one game remaining. 

Game Notes:
  • The Hurricanes outshot the Flyers 26-24. 
  • Both teams were held off the board on the PowerPlay; the Flyers went 0-3 while the Hurricanes 0-2. 
  • It is already the fourth time this season the Flyers have had a stretch where they have lost four or more consecutive games. 
  • Mark Streit and Vinny Lecavalier received assists on VandeVelde's goal. 
  • Steve Mason started for the third straight game. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will complete their eight game road trip tomorrow night in New Jersey 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Flyers Drop Final Game of 2014 in Overtime to Avalanche

The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in overtime tonight.

Two goals in the 3rd period (Vinny Lecavalier's 6th and Claude Giroux's 13th), which put the Flyers up 3-2 wasn't enough to close out the Avalanche tonight, who got a goal of their own, late in the period (Jarome Iginla) on the PowerPlay to force overtime. 

Then in overtime with only 20 seconds remaining Ryan O'Reilly finished off a nice back and forth passing play with Tyson Barrie for the victory. 

The Flyers fall to 14-16-7 on the season and 3-2-1 on this road trip so far. 

Game Notes:
  • Jake Voracek scored his 15th of the season on the PowerPlay in the 1st period from Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds. The tally snapped a six game PowerPlay goalless streak by the team. 
  • The Flyers went 2 for 5 on the PowerPlay and 3 for 4 on the penalty kill. 
  • Nate Guenin and Borna Rendulic scored 2nd period goals 3:30 seconds apart for the Avalanche.  
  • Giroux's 3rd period goal was one for the highlight reels. Streit dropped the puck to Giroux in the neutral zone and Giroux knifed through all four Avalanche players then beat goalie Semyon Varlamov. 
  • Michael Del Zotto, who has been a healthy scratch for much of December returned to action tonight. However on the first shift of the game, he was cut by the skate blade of Danny Briere on the back of his neck. Del Zotto received attention and was stitched up and returned for the 2nd period. Del Zotto logged 11:36 minutes tonight. 
  • Steve Mason stopped 29 shots on 33 attempts while Varlamov made 26 saves on 29 shots. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will play game game seven of this eight game road trip on Friday in Carolina. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Vermette Helps Coyotes Defeat Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers made a valiant comeback in the final period but it was too little too late as the Arizona Coyotes won 4-2 tonight. 

Arizona, who changed their name from Phoenix in the off-season, carried a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period. 2:48 minutes into the period, they extended it to 3-0 on a PowerPlay goal from Oliver Ekman-Larsson. 

However, in the final eight minutes of the game, the Flyers finally showed up. Mark Streit got things started when he made an excellent play at the blue line faking a shot then skated past a Coyote before finding an opened RJ Umberger at the hash marks, and the Flyers were on the board. 

In a furious effort to comeback in this game, Philadelphia took 11 shots in the final eight minutes and with about five minutes left, they struck again. And again, it was Umberger. For the first time this season, the left winger score two goals in a game. His second goal came just moments after a Flyers PowerPlay expired. Sean Couturier slap-passed it to Umberger in the crease and he redirected it past Coyotes goaltender Devan Dubnyk cutting the deficit to one. 

But that would be as close as the Flyers would get. Antoine Vermette ended the Flyers comeback bid with his empty net goal. 

Vermette was originally given a hat trick tonight; however, he ended up with two goals instead when the first goal was changed to Shane Doan after the game. The goal took place in the 1st, where the Flyers played a competitive period outshooting the Coyotes 14-6, but came away with nothing to show for it. Shane Doan blasted a shot from above the circle, that appeared to, but apparently did not deflect off Vermette's stick, past Steve Mason. Mason, who missed the last four games with an upper body injury (back), returned tonight making 28 saves on 31 shots faced. 

After Doan's late goal, Philadelphia lost all their 1st period momentum and struggled mightily to find their game in the middle stanza. It took almost nine minutes before the Flyers took their first shot on goal and were only able to muster up five shots in the whole period. Amidst the Flyers offensive struggles, Arizona extended their to lead to two with another late goal. Vermette provided a screen on a shot from the point then found a juicy rebound on the edge of the crease, and there was no mistaking this time as Vermette picked up his ninth of the season. 

In the 3rd period, penalty killing woes reared its ugly head again for Philadelphia, who have allowed five PowerPlay goals against in their last three games. Larsson came in on the rush and took a shot that hit Pierre Edouard Bellemare and past Mason for the eventual game winning goal.

"We have to be more consistent," Steve Mason said after the game. "We have to start climbing the standings and tonight didn't help us."

After finally reaching a .500 record, the Flyers have since lost two in a row and now hold a 14-16-6 record; 3-2 on this eight game road trip.

Game Notes:
  • Sean Couturier picked up his 100 and 101st career points tonight with two assists. 
  • Tonight was the first time all season that Jake Voracek was kept off the scoresheet for two games in a row. 
  • Vinny Lecavalier recorded a game high six shots tonight, tying his season high. He also logged 14:56 minutes, the most Lecavalier has played in his last 11 games. 
  • The scorekeepers generously recorded 102 hits tonight, 50 for Philadelphia and 52 by Arizona. Oddly enough, Matt Read led all players with nine hits.  
  • Umberger has picked up four points in his last five games and took a season high five shots tonight. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers continue this long road trip on Wednesday when they face off against the Colorado Avalanche.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Predators Score Three PowerPlay Goals, Snap Flyers Winning Streak

The Philadelphia Flyers surrendered three PowerPlay goals against in their loss to the Nashville Predators, 4-1 tonight.

In coach Peter Laviolette's first game against the Flyers since his firing in 2013, special teams play was the difference maker in this contest. Philadelphia went 0-4 on their man-advantage, while Nashville cashed in on three of their five opportunities.

Two of the Predators PowerPlay goals came just 38 seconds apart in the middle period. The Flyers took back to back high sticking penalties giving the Predators a two man-advantage with the score tied at one. Mike Fisher poked in a loose puck past Ray Emery through a scramble in the crease on the 5 on 3, then Colin Wilson ripped a shot through a screen from the circle on the ensuing PowerPlay, shocking the Flyers, quickly putting the Predators up by two. 

"Special teams was the difference," Giroux told reporters after the game. "We've got to do a better job of killing [penalties]."

After the pair of PowerPlay goals, the Flyers were just unable to get another one past Nashville netminder, Pekka Rinne. Rinne played excellent stopping 26 shots on 27 attempts tonight. 

Star rookie Filip Forsberg picked up the other PowerPlay goal for Nashville in the first period. Forsberg beat Emery from the top of the circle for his rookie league leading 14th goal of the season.

Claude Giroux scored the lone Flyers goal while on a 2 on 1 rush with Jake Voracek. Giroux used Voracek as a decoy, keeping the defender away, then went top shelf netting his 12th of the year.

The Flyers put up a solid effort in the final stanza but we're just unable to gain any ground. Wilson solidified this game with an empty net goal late in the 3rd period.

"We've gotta do a better job, that's the bottom line," said coach Craig Berube. "Our PK has been better but tonight the special teams was the difference in our game."

Game Notes:
  • Philadelphia is now 3-1 so far on this eight game road trip. 
  • The Flyers have gone five straight games without a PowerPlay goal, 0-13. 
  • Tonight was the third time this season that the Flyers have surrendered three PowerPlay goals against in a game. 
  • Ray Emery made 35 saves on 38 attempts. 
  • After the game, Emery reiterated what Berube and Giroux mentioned, saying, "We played well 5 on 5, got some chances. It came down to special teams."
  • Voracek was kept off the scoresheet for just the eighth time this season. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers continue their road trip in Arizona to face the Coyotes on Monday. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Flyers Head into the Christmas Break Winners of Three Straight

The Philadelphia Flyers gave their fans an early Christmas gift, picking up their third consecutive win, 5-2 at Minnesota tonight against the Wild, as they head into the Christmas break. 
Lecavalier scores his 3rd goal in his last 2 games 

The Flyers got scoring from all four of their lines tonight helping them start their road trip 3-0. Prior to tonight's trip, Philadelphia had only won three road games in 15 attempts. Now they have won three in a row and have picked up points in six straight road games for the first time in three years. 

The third line got things going for the Flyers in the 1st period when Sean Couturier's attempted pass deflected off the skate of a Wild defenseman and into the net. 

Minutes later, it was the first line for the Flyers lighting the lamp. Claude Giroux netted his 11th of the season after depositing Luke Schenn's rebound from the point past Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper. 

The two goal lead, however, lasted only 30 seconds. Marco Scandella blasted a heavy shot from the point that beat Ray Emery, who played well making 22 saves on 24 attempts. The only other goal against Emery came while on the PowerPlay. Jason Pominville's flubbed shot from the point bounced off Charlie Coyle's leg tying this game at two. The goal was only the second PowerPlay goal scored against the Flyers, who had been struggling mightily on the penalty kill, in their last 18 chances. 

Later in the 2nd period, it was time for the second line to get in on the action. Scott Laughton chopped at the puck successfully keeping it in the zone to Brayden Schenn. Schenn found a cutting Wayne Simmonds, who ripped a shot from the faceoff dot putting the Flyers back on top; this time for good. 

Not to be outdone, the fourth line chimed in early in the final stanza, giving the Flyers the all important insurance goal. Vinny Lecavalier tipped in Andrew MacDonald's shot for his third goal in his last two games. 

Following Lecavalier's goal, which came 5:29 minutes into the 3rd period, the Flyers surrendered just four shots against in the final 14 plus minutes. 

Michael Raffl's empty net goal put the bow on top and Philadelphia has quietly won five of their last seven and has picked up points in nine of their last 10 games, going 6-1-3. 

"It feels awesome," Wayne Simmonds said of the three game winning streak. "We just have to make sure we keep it up. We'll go home and enjoy our families but make sure we're ready when we come back."

Game Notes:
  • The Wild had two goals taken off the board in the third period due to video replay. The first snuck under the net while it was briefly lifted up and the second was an obvious high stick.
  • 12 different Flyers registered a point tonight; Voracek was the only one with two points. 
  • Voracek's two point night was his 15th multipoint game this season. Last season, it took him until March 30th to achieve that goal. 
  • Flyers have a .500 record for the first time since November 15th.
  • Michael Raffl set a new career high with his 10th goal tonight. 
Drop The Puck:
The NHL breaks the next three days for Christmas. The Flyers will continue their road trip on Saturday the 27th against their former coach Peter Laviolette and the Nashville Predators. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!!  

Monday, December 22, 2014

Lecavalier Scores Twice in Third as Flyers Comeback to Beat Jets in Overtime

The Philadelphia Flyers rallied in the final period scoring two goals against the Winnipeg Jets forcing overtime where they scored just 10 seconds in to win 4-3 tonight.
Lecavalier scores the tying goal

Vinny Lecavalier, who had been a healthy scratch for much of the month of December, scored two goals in the 3rd period to help the Flyers climb out of a 3-1 hole. 

In overtime, Jake Voracek found the loose puck after Claude Giroux forced a turnover behind the net, and walked all alone in front scoring the game winner, giving the Flyers their second consecutive win along with starting goalie Rob Zepp his first career NHL victory. 

Zepp, who was brought up from the AHL due to Steve Mason's injury, made his NHL debut tonight at the age of 33. He became the oldest goalie to win in his debut since the 40 year old Hugh Lehman did it for Chicago in 1926. 

The Flyers got the start they wanted when Claude Giroux setup Jake Voracek on a 2 on 1 just 46 seconds in. However, the Jets dominated the rest of the period outshooting the Flyers 17-9 while picking up the next two goals. 

Matt Halischuk and Dustin Byfuglien scored 55 seconds apart quickly putting the Jets up 2-1 at the 7:33 minute mark of the 1st period. Halischuk took advantage of a Matt Read turnover at the blue line and ripped one past Zepp, while Byfuglien was allowed to take the puck from the point all the way to the front of the net for his tenth of the year. 

Zepp in his first career NHL start
The middle period was not much better for Philadelphia as they only managed to muster up four shots on goal while surrendering another goal against. Matthieu Perreault cashed in for
Winnipeg on a rebound giving the Jets a two goal lead heading into the third. 

Philadelphia finally found their game in the 3rd period and fought hard to claw their way back into the game. And it was their fourth line that got the job done in the end. Chris Vandevelde was initially given a goal, which was eventually overturned upon further review when it was clear that the puck hit both posts and stayed out of the net. But the line was not to be denied. Just a few shifts later, Vandevelde setup Mark Streit at the point for a shot that redirected off Lecavalier's shinguard and into the net cutting the lead to one. The goal was Lecavalier's first in his last 15 games. 

The fourth line was still not finished. With less than four minutes in regulation, Vandevelde made a great diving pass to Lecavalier in the slot and he made no mistake, tying this game at three apiece sending the game into overtime. 

And all it took was 10 seconds for Voracek and the Flyers to emerge victorious in overtime.  

Voracek wins it in OT
One of the main reasons why Philadelphia was able to make this comeback was the play of rookie Rob Zepp, who made 25 saves on 28 attempts. Zepp made some big saves in the first 40 minutes, including a huge skate save with under a minute to play in the second period which would have put the Jets up 4-1 heading into the 3rd, instead of 3-1. 

"I played with [Zepp] in Germany (during the 2012 NHL lockout) so I know how he battles and how he works hard," Claude Giroux told reporters after the game. "He made some big saves and kept us in the game. We're really happy for him and really wanted to get that win for him."

"The way the guys battled in the third period was unbelievable," Zepp said. "I said to them, I appreciate this more than anybody knows. I've been playing for 26 years trying to get here. To be able to get here and play and get the win in the end like that was just incredible."

Game Notes:
  • Lecavalier scored two goals in a game for the first time since March 30th. 
  • Voracek picked up his 200 and 201st points as a Flyer. 
  • Philadelphia went 0-4 on the PowerPlay. It was their third straight game without a PowerPlay goal, this coming after scoring a PowerPlay goal in eight straight games.
  • Streit, who picked up an assist, was a plus 4 today. 
  • Lecavalier took a season high six shots on goal.  
  • When asked what he thought about being the oldest goalie since 1926 to win in his NHL debut, Zepp laughed out loud and said, "I think that's awesome. Why not?! That's great."
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers travel to Minnesota to face the Wild on Tuesday in their third game of this eight game road trip.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Giroux and Voracek Combine for Eight Points in Win Over Leafs

The Philadelphia Flyers scored a season high seven goals tonight in their victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-4. 

Voracek scored 4 points in the road victory
Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek combined for an incredible eight points, collecting four each in their first of an eight game road trip.  

The game started to look ugly early for the Flyers after the Leafs scored two goals on their first four shots, just six minutes into the game. But the Flyers stuck to their game plan and battled back scoring seven of the next eight goals. 

Ex-Flyers Joffrey Lupul and James vanRiemsdyk scored within 49 seconds of each other 5:40 minutes into the game giving the Leafs a 2-0 lead. 

"It was important that we didn't panic [after getting down by two] and just stuck with it," Voracek said to reporters after the game. "That's why we got two points."

Coach Craig Berube also mentioned after the game that he did not call a timeout following the two goals because he noticed that despite the goals against, his club was still playing well. 

Less than three minutes after vanRiemsdyk's PowerPlay goal, the Flyers responded. RJ Umberger deposited Sean Couturier's rebound snapping his six game goalless drought. It was just his second goal in his last 25 games. 

Couturier momentarily tied the game up at two after receiving a nice feed from Matt Read skating behind the net; however, the Leafs countered just 15 seconds later on a sniped shot by David Clarkson. 

The Flyers then answered back even quicker. Merely 11 seconds later, Voracek and Giroux combined for a give-and-go knotting the score up at three apiece. 

The three goals in 26 second was a franchise record for both clubs. 

After Giroux's goal, it was all Philadelphia.  The Flyers scored the next four goals while out shooting the Leafs 25-16 for the rest of the contest. 

Nicklas Grossmann gave the Flyers their first lead of the game on an intentionally wide shot. Grossmann did not have a lane to shoot through so he shot the puck wide of the net so it would not get blocked. The puck caromed off the boards and bounced off Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier and into the back of the cage. The goal was Grossmann's third of the season, a new career high for the defenseman. 

Late in the 2nd period, Voracek and Giroux combined once again for another nice passing play. Giroux backhanded to Voracek along the board and took off towards the net where Voracek made a long pass to find him. Giroux received the puck and patiently waited until Bernier went down for his second of the game. 

"It's great to get a lot of goals in a game," Giroux said. "It was fun because we played that way the whole game."

Voracek and Giroux set up Scott Laughton for his second of the season before Michael Raffl notched his ninth on a 2 on 1 with Wayne Simmonds. 

Toronto tacked on a meaningless goal by Peter Holland late in the game on Ray Emery, who is playing for the injured Steve Mason. Mason injured his back at practice yesterday and did not travel with the team. He is expected to see a specialist on Monday and GM Ron Hextall is optimistic that Mason won't be out long. 

"We skated very well today, forechecking and back checking, that's why we scored 7 goals," Voracek remarked in the post game interview. "It was out best road game, maybe our best game."

Game Notes:
  • The Flyers outshot the Leafs 42-25.  
  • Philadelphia became the first team to defeat Toronto after they scored first. The Leafs had been 14-0 when scoring first prior to tonight.
  • With four points each, Voracek and Giroux both climb to the top of the NHL scoring lead. Voracek is first with 42 points and Giroux is tied for second (with Tyler Seguin) with 39 points. 
  • For the second consecutive game, Giroux was over 75% in the face off circle. Tonight he won 17 of 22 draws (77%). 
  • The Flyers were 0-3 on the PowerPlay and 3 for 4 on the penalty kill. 
  • Nine Flyers registered a point tonight while five scored two of more. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers continue their eight game road trip tomorrow (Sunday night) when they face off against the Winnipeg Jets. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Flyers Shootout Woes Continue, Lose to Panthers

For the tenth straight time, the Philadelphia Flyers lost in a shootout in their 2-1 defeat, handed to them by the Florida Panthers tonight.

0-5 is now the Flyers shootout record this season. "That's five points we left out there," Steve Mason said regarding their season struggle on the shootout. "Five points would have puts us probably into the playoffs."

Tonight's shootout went six rounds, as opposed to the record setting 20 that the Panthers partook in last night's win over the Capitals. Brandon Pirri scored first for Florida as the opening shooter which was matched in the third round by Jake Voracek. Pirri beat Mason on a slow forehand to backhand deke while Voracek made a quick move and beat Roberto Luongo through the five-hole. 

The next two rounds went scoreless before Dave Bolland beat Mason between the legs. Sean Couturier needed to score to keep the shootout going, yet he lost control of the puck on his attempt finalizing the score at 2-1. 

Philadelphia falls to 27-56 all time in shootouts since its inception in 2005. 

Similarly to Tuesday's game versus the Lightning, this one was not a very offensive contest. Both the Flyers and Panthers combined for few golden opportunities and while both goaltenders were great, neither needed to do anything spectacular tonight. 

Florida's opening period goal came on a lucky bounce off the body of Scottie Upshall. Tomas Kopecky's shot was blockered away by Mason right into the oncoming Upshall. After a review, the goal stood and the Panthers took a 1-0 lead. 

Jake Voracek scored the equalizer in the middle period while taking a shift with the fourth line. Pierre Edouard Bellemare made a nice play to carry and control the puck behind the net, then setup Voracek in the slot. Voracek ripped it past Luongo for his 12th of the year. 

Only 12 shots were taken between the two teams (Florida-seven, Philadelphia-five) in the final period, neither being able to take the lead. 

The Flyers pushed hard in overtime once again to try to score before the shootout picking up four shots in the extra session but Luongo was up to the task. 

The Flyers finish their four game home stand with a 2-1-1 record. They will play their next eight games on the road. 

Game Notes:
  • Vincent Lecavalier, who has been a healthy scratch for several games, suited up for the Flyers tonight. Although Lecavalier did not score, he played well in the 11:48 minutes on ice. "I felt really good," said Lecavalier. "It was nice to be back out."
  • Flyers were a perfect 2 for 2 on the penalty kill. It is first time the flyers went back to back games without allowing a PowerPlay goal since October 25-28 (22 games ago). 
  • Philadelphia had just one PowerPlay on the night and it was only about 60 seconds long (due to a previous penalty on Florida). They failed to score on this attempt snapping their eight game PowerPlay goal scoring streak. 
  • Claude Giroux was 20 for 24 (83%) on faceoffs tonight. 
  • Voracek's goal tonight puts him in third for the NHL scoring lead with 37 points. He has not gone two games in a row without a point this season. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will start their eight game, 15 day road trip at Toronto on Saturday night.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lightning Top Flyers for the Sixth Straight Game

The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a defensive battle tonight, 3-1. 

Philadelphia played generally well against the second best team in the Eastern Conference tonight, but were unable to gain a point due to their lack of offense. Both the Lightning and the Flyers played a defensively sound game, neither taking too many risks on offense. This led to the low shooting and scoring game this evening. 

The Flyers knew trying to win a third consecutive game tonight would be a daunting task, not only because of how good Tampa Bay has been this year but also due to the struggles they have faced against this team in the past. Philadelphia had lost five in a row and eight of their last nine against Tampa Bay. 

They played a solid opening period against the Lightning coming away with a 1-0 lead; however, they faltered just enough early in the middle period and Tampa Bay took advantage collecting two goals in 4:44 minutes. The Lightning buckled down defensively after their pair of goals and never looked back. 

Wayne Simmonds was the lone goal scorer for the Flyers. While on the PowerPlay with just 41 seconds remaining in the 1st period, Simmonds deflected Mark Streit's shot from the point past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made his NHL debut tonight. It was the sixth straight game in which the Flyers netted the game's first goal. 

It took Steven Stamkos just 1:50 minutes into the 2nd to tie the game on a sniped shot over Steve Mason's shoulder. Less than five minutes later and just seconds after an expired PowerPlay, Tyler Johnson received a slap pass from Ryan Callahan scoring the eventual game winner. 

"They came out with a lot more jump than we did to start the second period," Mason told reporters after the game. "And they got rewarded with two quick goals for it."

Tampa Bay held Philadelphia to just one shot in the final five minutes of the game and then ended it with an empty net goal from Valtteri Filppula. 

"It was a tight checking game both ways," said coach Craig Berube. "We just didn't create enough offense tonight."

Game Notes:
  • Philadelphia honored Peter Forsberg tonight, who was recently inducted into the NHL hall of fame. Forsberg partook in the ceremonial dropping of the puck.  
  • The Flyers outshot the Lightning 24-23. The 47 shots total taken in this game was the second lowest total of the Flyers season.
  • Philadelphia was a perfect 4 for 4 on the penalty kill. It was just the fourth time in their last 16 games that they didn't surrender a PowerPlay goal against. 
  • The Flyers were 1 for 3 on the man advantage. They have now scored a PowerPlay goal in eight straight games. 
  • Wayne Simmonds has scored a goal in three straight games and has six goals in his last six games. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers play their final home game of the calendar year on Thursday when they host the Florida Panthers.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Laughton Scores First Career Goal as Flyers Roll Over Hurricanes

The Philadelphia Flyers got contributions from their three top lines helping them top the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 this afternoon.

Laughton celebrating his first career NHL goal
After putting together a full 60 minute effort in their last game on Thursday versus the New Jersey Devils, the Flyers carried that effort over into today's contest. 

Philadelphia scored early and often today getting contributions from all around. Each of the first three lines tallied at least one goal while they also scored on the PowerPlay as well. Ten different Flyers, including all top nine forwards, registered at least one point; five of those players picked up two points. 

Sean Couturier got the Flyers rolling early scoring 53 seconds in. Couturier jabbed at the puck in front then found his rebound behind the goal line and snuck it past Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin giving the Flyers the early lead. 

Wayne Simmonds extended the lead halfway through the period on a big blast. Brayden Schenn led Simmonds with a long pass over the blue line. Simmonds let the puck bounce off the boards so he could wind up and for a full slap shot, depositing his 13th of the season. Simmonds now has five goals in his last five games. 

Philadelphia confidently outshot Carolina 12-5 in the opening period. However, the Hurricanes got one back early in the middle stanza while on the PowerPlay. Steve Mason overplayed Eric Staal's bid for a shot as he rushed up the ice. Staal however chose not to shoot and carried the puck behind the net and wrapped it around putting Carolina on the board. 

Instead of allowing the Hurricanes to gain momentum, the Flyers took charge once again and really opened up the scoring. The Orange and Black netted three goals in a 5:11 minute span. 

Jake Voracek picked up the first on the PowerPlay after receiving a backhanded feed from Simmonds. Scott Laughton picked up the fourth goal on a rush up the ice while Michael Raffl notched the fifth cutting off Claude Giroux's shot and making a nice move all alone in front. Laughton's goal was the first of his NHL career. 

"I kind of blacked out," Laughton told CSNPhilly in between periods. "It's been a while. It definitely is a good feeling and it's nice that we're up right now."

With the goal and an assist, Scott Laughton, who registered his first multipoint effort, was named the number one star of the game for the first time in his NHL career. 

"It's about time he helps the team win," Giroux joked about Laughton. "He's fun to watch. When you score that first goal, it's another step. And when you see that smile, all the guys enjoyed that."

The Flyers went into shutdown mode in the 3rd period, keeping the Hurricanes off the board clinching back to back victories for the first time since November 8th. Philadelphia improves to 3-0-2 in their last five games. 

Game Notes:
  • Steve Mason stopped 25 shots on 26 attempts.
  • Mason and Emery won back to back starts for the first time this season.
  • It was the first time since October 22nd that the Flyers scored five goals in a game and first time scoring more than four goals at home.
  • Sean Couturier's goal extends his point streak to six games, tying his career high. 
  • The Flyers picked up their first win while wearing their Winter Classic jerseys. 
  • Philadelphia went 1 for 1 on their PowerPlay today. It marks the seventh straight game in which they have scored a PowerPlay goal. 
  • Jake Voracek's two points jumps him over Sidney Crosby and Tyler Seguin for the NHL scoring lead. Giroux is fifth on the list. 
  • RJ Umberger registered his 200th career assist tonight. 
Drop The Puck:
Philadelphia continues their home stand on Tuesday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Read & Couturier Help Flyers Defeat Devils

The Philadelphia Flyers got a full 60 minute effort in tonight's 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. 

After a long road trip that saw the Flyers go 1-2-2, they finally returned to Philadelphia and started the home stand on a high note. 

"I thought we played consistent the whole game, something we've been striving for," Ray Emery, who stopped 17 of 18 shots tonight, told reporters. "We played real tight defensively." 
Matt Read and Sean Couturier picked up two points each for the Flyers who finally got their secondary scoring. The main reason Philadelphia has been struggling of late is their lack of secondary scoring. However, Matt Read played like a man on a mission tonight and he and Couturier combined twice to put the Flyers up by two in the first period. 

While on the penalty kill, which has also been like Kryptonite to the Flyers, Read gave the fans something to cheer for as he blocked a shot and tried to go in on a breakaway. Read was tripped before even getting to the puck but immediately got up and raced down the ice retrieving it and feeding Couturier for the first goal of the game. The score was the first shorthanded goal of the season for the Flyers.  

About six minutes later in the period the two combined for another goal. This time it was Couturier with a nice back door pass to Read, who snapped his 11 game goalless drought. 

The Flyers doubled the Devils in shots in the middle period, yet it was New Jersey who would score the lone goal in the period. Martin Havlat tipped in Scott Gomez's shot while on the PowerPlay cutting the lead in half. The Flyers have now given up a PowerPlay goal against in 14 of their last 19 games. 

The 3rd period would belong to the home team tonight. Philadelphia outshot New Jersey 14-7 and spent much of their time in the offensive zone. Wayne Simmonds netted an insurance goal for the Orange and Black with just over four minutes to play on the PowerPlay. Simmonds found Mark Streit's rebound collecting his team leading 12th of the season. 

"All around we played a good game," Couturier told CSNPhilly. "We created turnovers and capitalized, we didn't sit back in the third, we kept pressing and I think that's what made the difference tonight."

Jake Voracek sealed the victory with a empty net goal giving the Flyers their second win in three games. 

Philadelphia has quietly picked up points in four straight games going 2-0-2. They will play their next three games at home where they are 7-4-2.

Game Notes:
  • Ray Emery picked up his first win since October 28. 
  • Matt Read picked up his first multi point game of the season. Read had one goal, one assist, was a plus 2, took five shots and blocked two shots in 16:30 minutes. 
  • Sean Couturier has picked up six points in his last five games. 
  • The Flyers went 1 for 5 on the PowerPlay and 1 for 2 on the penalty kill. 
  • Philadelphia double up New Jersey in shots every period: 10-5 in the 1st, 12-6 in the 2nd and 14-7 in the 3rd for a game total of 36-18. 
Drop The Puck:
The Flyers will look for their first back to back victories in a month when they host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon.