|2 Stars of the Game celebrating (Read & Bryz)|
The Flyers got off to the best start they've had all season. They did everything right in the opening stanza: their PowerPlay converted, their penalty kill was successful, they got great goaltending from Bryzgalov, and they outscored the Panthers 3-0.
Danny Briere returned to the lineup tonight and made his presence known immediately. The hard working Flyers were awarded a 2 man advantage early in the 1st and they took advantage. It was Briere to Claude Giroux to Kimmo Timonen who wristed the puck from the point through traffic and past Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore, giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead. The goal was the Flyers' first 1st period tally of the season. The goal was eventually awarded to Wayne Simmonds as the puck touched the back of his jersey on it's way in.
Matt Read started his terrific day with a great individual effort. Read carried the puck on the left wing and made a nice move to cut to the center of the ice and took a beautiful shot that beat Theodore top shelf giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
|Luke scores 1st goal, congratulated by Brother|
But the Flyers still weren't finished in the 1st. Tye McGinn tallied his first NHL goal on a beautiful redirection from between the hash marks. McGinn has only played 3 games in the NHL but is already leaving his mark.
Prior to tonight's game, the Flyers hadn't scored more than 2 goals in any game; tonight they scored 3 in just the 1st period.
Following the 1st, Florida changed their netminder in favor of Scott Clemmensen to get a boost, which would never come.
The 2nd period was all about the penalties. 8 penalties were called during the period; however, no PowerPlay goals were scored by either team as Bryzgalov made one great save after another preserving the 3 goal lead.
|McGinn scores 1st NHL goal|
Read received a pass from Simmonds at the faceoff dot, which bounced on him yet it didn't slow him down. Read proceeded to bat the puck out of mid air past Clemmensen giving the Flyers a 4-0 lead.
The 4 goal lead was short lived as 36 seconds later Peter Mueller was sprung by Ed Jovanowski on a breakaway. Mueller beat Bryzgalov breaking the shutout while cutting the lead to 3 again.
Not to be outdone, the Flyers responded immediately. 37 seconds later, Luke Schenn scored his first goal as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers on a blast from the point that found its way through traffic, giving the Flyers their 4 goal lead right back, which they would carry into the 3rd period.
The Flyers continued their strong play in the 3rd period. And on the PowerPlay it was Matt Read, once again, scoring his third goal of the game, notching his first career hat trick!
Ruslan Fedotenko increased the Flyers lead to 7-1 before the game finally came to a close.
The Flyers put in a full 60 minute effort tonight as every player did their job. The Flyers have their first winning streak of the season and increased their record to 2-3.
- 11 different Flyers registered at least 1 point while 7 had at least 2.
- Tye McGinn scored his first NHL goal, Luke Schenn scored his first goal as a Flyer, and Ruslan Fedotenko scored his first goal in his second stint with the Flyers.
- Mike Knuble played in his first game with the Flyers this season. Knuble had an assist on Read's 3rd tally, had 3 hits and played 14:23 minutes.
- Danny Briere (wrist) returned from his injury and played his first game of the season. He was originally credited with an assist on the first goal, but it was taken away when they changed the goal to Simmonds. Briere had 1 shot on goal and 2 hits in 14:01 minutes.
- The Flyers scored 5 goals in their first 4 games; tonight they scored 7.
- The Flyers scored their first 1st period and 3rd period goals of the season in tonight's game.
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Sunday, Jan. 27 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (2-1) @ 6 p.m.Tampa Bay has won 3 of its first 4 games, led by superstar Steven Stamkos and veterans Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier. The Lightning have scored an incredible 19 goals in their first 4 games, and lead the Eastern Conference in Goals For. Stamkos, St. Louis and Lecavalier have combined for 20 points in 4 games, while the entire Flyers roster has combined for 15 total points in 4 games.