Riding high off an absolute beatdown of the Washington Capitals, the Philadelphia Hockey Flyers looked to carry the momentum into a game where they were favored against the Florida Panthers. AND CARRY THAT MOMENTUM THEY DID, BABY! Couts, G and Flip all notched their fourth goals of the season while Neuvirth stopped 40 of 41 shots to help the good guys win again. Sex Magic.
Slow Start? No Problem
Okay, so it was almost a problem but it wasn’t so suck brick, kid. Early pressure and the usual speed that the Panthers possess led to problems for the Flyers. With half of the first period gone, shots were 10–3 Panthers even after a half-decent Flyers power play. After finally figuring it out, the Flyers started to build momentum when…
Fire Andrew MacDonald Into the Sun
I love a good segue. I hate Andrew MacDonald. Destroying our momentum by taking a penalty, looking like a pee wee hockey player trying to defend a 2–1 odd man rush, and taking good quality minutes from the Babies™. I like to think I took pretty detailed notes during the game and in the middle I literally have “Andrew MacDonald is bad at hockey.”
Running 4 Lines is Helpful, Go Figure
It really wasn’t a dominant game by any means for the Flyers. If it weren’t for 6 power play opportunities to establish pressure and rhythm, this might have been a little closer. What I can say, however, is that there were different points in the game where each line impressed the shit out of me. The fourth line (even with no points) did a great job denying zone entries and continuing the solid play that they’ve shown all year.
The Penalty Kill is Establishing an Identity
It’s no secret that Sean Couturier is one of the top two-way forwards in the league. What you probably didn’t know is that Taylor Leier and Scott Laughton led the forwards in short handed minutes tonight and looked damn good doing it. The penalty kill hasn’t been great so far but if tonight’s performance was a sign for the future, I’m excited. Also, I am happy to admit I was wrong about Leier not belonging (preseason take).
Speaking of Couts
It took just 6 games for the Toothless Wonder to net his fourth goal of the season, making this the quickest he has reached 4 goals in his career. Centering two of the best passers in the league in Voracek and Giroux is a great help but Couts is putting in that second and sometimes third effort that we haven’t seen in the past. In the goal that opened the scoring, it was a great second effort that put the good guys on the board. 26 points for the Ginger Gang through six is dope.
Nolan Patrick is a Philadelphia Flyer
AND DON’T YOU FUCKING FORGET IT.
I Forgot Injuries Happen
So Ghost came up gimpy on a blocked shot and Simmonds was held out at the end of the game as a precautionary measure. Neither player should miss any time at all but it made me realize that I’m going to be sad if someone gets hurt. That’s all I’ve got to say about that. This thought also came up when Gordon Hayward brutally snapped his ankle tonight. Still makes me sick.
We Score Goals and We Don’t Care Who Knows!
There are so many factors that have led to the Flyers scoring at such a high rate to begin the year including a much quicker team top to bottom, the return of Fun Ghost, the Law Firm and the Ginger Gang. It’s still early but this could be one really fun season. One note before closing notes — the Flyers have scored 5+ goals in 4 games this season after scoring 5 or more goals in only 8 games last season with only two of them coming in the first 28 games.
Couts is a +9 on the year, best for TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: wow. The Flyers are averaging over 34 shots a game: cool. Ghost led the team in shots: shocker. Giroux was 8/10 on faceoffs: sweet. Brandon Manning had 3 giveaways (most for either team): bum.
Bring on the Preds revenge game.
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