Flyers Notch 1st Win of Season

Published on January 25th, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday January 24, 2013
Coming into the game, the Philadelphia Flyers were in the midst of a 7-game losing streak dating back to last season and an 8-game losing streak to the New York Rangers dating back to 2011 so playing the Rangers on this date was not exactly the greatest match-up for the Flyers.  The Flyers prevailed 2-1 nevertheless.

For this game, Henrik Lundqvist started in net for the Rangers and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Read-Simmonds
Couturier-Voracek- Fedontenko
Talbot-Laughton-McGinn
Wellwood-Shelley-Sestito

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

Tom Sestito of the Flyers and Stu Bickel of the Rangers dropped the gloves early in the period to energize the crowd.  The Flyers played a strong 1st period dominating stretches of action but they were unable to beat Lundqvist.  They outshot the Rangers 11 to 5.  The Flyers continued to struggle in the face-off circle only winning 38% of them and Giroux losing 6 of 8 draws.

The Flyers stayed in control the game in the 2nd period peppering Lundqvist with shots.  Finally at 11:53 of the period, their perseverance paid off when Wayne Simmonds scored.  The crowd then erupted as Flyers newcomer Tye McGinn battered Kris Newbury in a fight near the end of the period.  The Flyers got a power-play out of it and capitalized as winger Jakub Voracek scored at 15:54 to give them a 2-0 lead.

Taylor Pyatt got the Rangers back into the game when he scored at 1:39 of 3rd period.  Later in the period, the Flyers had some tremendous penalty-killing as they killed off 5-on-3 and a double minor.  The crowd was deafening after that.  Bryzgalov had several clutch saves as well.  The Flyers shut the door the rest of the way to skate to a well-deserved 2-1 victory.

Flyers Head Coach Peter Laviolette on the win said, “I think everyone wants to win, nobody wanted to be in the position that we were in. I said yesterday the only way we’re going to get out of it is if we go to work and try to fix things and continue to work and chip away. I thought our team played a very strong game. Guys showed up, they skated hard and worked hard and they really took care of their own end.”

Flyers center Max Talbot said, “We needed a game like that. It gives us confidence since it’s the beginning of the year. The power play, PK, and special teams haven’t been as good as we wanted them to be so I think that it’s great for our confidence to kill that five on three and to get goals on the power play as well.”

The Flyers now head out on a 4-game road trip with the 1st game in Florida against the Panthers on Saturday.

Flyers Voracek scores the game-winning goal | Source: Andrew King

Comments

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