Monday, February 11, 2013

VanRiemsdyk Helps Maple Leafs Defeat Flyers

Phaneuf scores the tying goal in 1st
The Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 tonight.

The Leafs exploded for 3 goals in the first 6:15 minutes in the 2nd period and controlled the rest of the game from that point on.

Ex-Flyer James vanRiemsdyk scored his 8th goal of the season in the 3rd period increasing Toronto's lead to 5-1.

Luke Schenn, the player the Flyers received in the vanRiemsdyk trade, helped get the Flyers on the board right out of the gates. Schenn took a shot from the point that Wayne Simmonds found and buried the rebound 38 seconds into the game. Philadelphia finally got the start they were looking for.

Unfortunately, that would be the lone thing that went right for the Flyers tonight.

Simmonds gets the Flyers on the boars early
Dion Phaneuf got the equalizer late in the 1st when his shot found its way through a wall of players and past Ilya Bryzgalov.

After the spirited opening stanza, Toronto just took over to start the 2nd period. The Leafs took advantage of mistake after mistake and out worked the Flyers to every puck. Toronto scored 3 goals in just over 4 minutes to take a dominating 4-1 lead.

The first goal came off a failed clear, then a long shot from the point. Bryzgalov made the save but left a juicy rebound in front for Colton Orr, who beat Nicklas Grossmann to the puck and put the Leafs on top 2-1, a lead in which they would never relinquish. The next goal came after another failed clearing attempt. Only 28 seconds following Orr's tally, Matt Frattin added to the lead on a tip-in goal.

Following the same pattern, the third goal of the period, fourth in the game for the Leafs, started on a turnover in the defensive zone by Nicklas Grossmann. Clarke MacArthur found himself opened in front and was set up by Nazem Kadri giving the Leafs a 3 goal stranglehold on the Flyers. Head coach Peter Laviolette pulled Ilya Bryzgalov for the first time all season. Bryzgalov made 10 saves on 14 shots; Brian Boucher saw his first action this season.

Bryzgalov gets pulled after 4 goals
Philadelphia had a prime opportunity to pull themselves back into the game when Korbinian Holzer was called for a 5 minute major boarding on Tye McGinn. However, the Flyers squandered that opportunity as they only got one quality chance and no goals.

Toronto started the 3rd period as they did the 2nd, by scoring more goals. James vanRiemsdyk got his revenge against the Flyers as he blew past Luke Schenn and beat Boucher on a nice forehand to backhand move, increasing the lead to 4.

Tye McGinn scored a meaningless goal for the Flyers with less than a minute remaining in the game.

The Maple Leafs had more drive and played better defense than the Flyers and it showed. The Flyers are playing with a total lack of confidence. Claude Giroux is the perfect example of this. Giroux only has 1 goal in his last 11 games and only 1 point in his last 4 games. And the Flyers PowerPlay, which was 0-3 including the 5 minute major tonight, is 1-12 in their last 4 games.

Philadelphia falls to 5-7-1 on the season. They are 1-6 on the road, and have 5 straight road games ahead.

Game Notes:
VanRiemsdyk scores his 8th goal of the season
  • Amazingly every single Flyer registered at least 1 shot and 1 hit today.
  • Simmonds led the way with 5 shots while Brayden Schenn had the most hits with 5. 
  • Toronto starting goaltender James Reimer left tonight's game with a lower body injury. Ben Scrivens made 32 saves on 33 shots in relief.
  • The Flyers took a season high 46 shots, including 22 shots in the 2nd period.
  • Despite losing on the scoreboard, the Flyers outshot, outhit, and won more faceoffs.
  • Brian Boucher made 9 saves on 10 shots in relief of Bryzgalov.
  • Sean Couturier sat out tonight's game with the flu. He didn't travel with the team so he will not play tomorrow either.
  • James vanRiemsdyk scored a goal, was a +1, had 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 18:55 minutes in his return against the Flyers.
  • Luke Schenn had an assist, was a -1, had 1 shot on goal, 3 blocked shots and 2 hits in 18:24 minutes.

Highlights:
To watch highlights of tonight's game: CLICK HERE

Drop the Puck:
The Flyers get right back into action tomorrow night against the Winnipeg Jets (5-5-1, 11 points).

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