Flyers Fall to Leafs 3-1 in Opener

Published on October 3rd, 2013

 

Wayne Simmonds skating in on Bernier  |  Source:  Lewis Bleiman

Wayne Simmonds skating in on Bernier | Source: Lewis Bleiman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Mike del Tufo

Wednesday October 2, 2013
Hockey is back!  The Philadelphia Flyers played their 1st game of the 2013-14 season on this night.  They hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs and lost 3-1.  They controlled most of the 1st two periods but had some difficulty finishing and goalie Jonathan Bernier was phenomenal in his first outing as a Leaf.

For this game, Bernier started in net for the Maple Leafs and Steve Mason for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Hartnell-B.Schenn
Lecavalier-Simmonds-Read
Couturier-Talbot-Voracek
Hall-Rosehill-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Streit-L.Schenn
Grossmann-Meszaros

The Flyers dominated the 1st period of action forcing the Leafs to take some penalties.  They could not get the puck by Bernier however.  He stoned them on the first 2 power-plays.  But near the end of the period, former Flyers James van Riemsdyk took a penalty and winger Brayden Schenn was able to convert at 19:53 to give the Flyers a 1 -0 lead.

The Flyers continued to draw penalties in the 2nd period.  They had 5 of the first 6 power-plays of the game but could not build on the lead.  The Leafs then tied the game up at 17:06 when sniper Phil Kessel knocked it past Mason.  The Flyers got another late period prime scoring opportunity when Wayne Simmonds was awarded a penalty shot at 19:56 but he was denied by Bernier.  The ice was totally tilted in the Flyers’ favor for two periods but the game was tied 1-1 at the 2nd intermission. 

Dave Bolland scored at 2:30 of 3rd period to give the Leafs a 2-1 lead.  The Flyers had let the Leafs hang around and paid for it.  They had a total of 7 power-plays plus a penalty shot and only had one goal to show for it.  They sagged the rest of the period.  The Leafs got an empty-netter to seal the 3-1 win.

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on going 1 for 7 on the power-play said, “There were lots of chances on the power play, we ended up with I think 13 shots, but it takes time to set everything up and get the play flowing but I think both units did a good job tonight moving the puck and generating scoring opportunities. It just comes down to if we convert them or not.”

On the loss, Flyers captain Claude Giroux said, “We had our chances. I think we generated a lot of offense in the first period and then they kept going the whole game. You know, it’s a tough loss in front of our fans but you know what, we did a lot of good things out there. Most of the game we dominated and we were responsible defensively and a couple mistakes cost us.”

The Flyers’ next game is Saturday at Montreal vs. the Canadiens.

 

Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf and Flyers captain Claude Giroux | Source:  Andrew King

Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf and Flyers captain Claude Giroux | Source: Andrew King

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