Flyers Finally Get 1st Win of Season

Published on October 9th, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Tuesday October 8, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers after a tough 0-3 start followed by the dismissal of their head coach Peter Laviolette finally got their 1st win of the season on this night.  They defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1.

For this game, Tim Thomas started in net for the Panthers and Steve Mason for the Flyers. 

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

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

The Flyers started the game surprisingly slow despite it being their new head coach Craig Berube’s 1st game.  The Panthers had 6 of the first 7 shots of the game and peppered Mason in several sequences.  But the Flyers countered and winger Brayden Schenn slipped the puck past a cold Tim Thomas at 4:49 of 1st period to put the Flyers up 1-0.  Thomas was clearly rattled and gave up another one at 7:31 when defenseman Braydon Coburn scored with him scrambling in the crease.  Thomas was then pulled from the game in favor of Jacob Markstrom due to an injury.  The Flyers led 2-0 at the 1st intermission despite being outshot 12 to 8.

Mason made a big save on a short-handed breakaway by Shawn Matthias early in the 2nd period.  He bailed the defense out several times in this period especially on power-plays.  The Panthers finally managed to beat him with just 6 seconds left in the period when Brad Boyes cleaned up a loose puck in front of the net to cut the Flyers’ lead in half.

Flyers enforcer Jay Rosehill took a very undisciplined double-minor at 2:48 of the 3rd period.  The Flyers had two good short-handed opportunities during this stretch and were strong in killing off this crucial penalty.  Scott Hartnell was then boarded at 10:01 to give the Flyers a 5-minute power-play.  They could have put the game away but instead did little with it.  They were however able to hold on for the win. 

On the victory and strong play by Mason, Brayden Schenn said, “We weren’t sitting back and we were on our toes.  We were aggressive on the forecheck and obviously special teams.  We had a big penalty kill there in the third period and obviously Steve Mason had a heck of a game for us…We have seen that at the end of last year and he’s been playing great so far this year.  We just haven’t been able to score for him and it’s nice to get the win for him.  He made some key saves in there.  It could have been a different hockey game if he didn’t have the game that he had.”

The Flyers’ next game is Friday at home vs. the Phoenix Coyotes.

Jakub Voracek with the puck against the Panthers

Jakub Voracek with the puck against the Panthers

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