The Philadelphia Flyers kicked off their 2013-14 season tonight in Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center. After a tough game, the Flyers lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second period.
The Flyers newest big addition Vincent Lecavalier had a beautiful assist to Brayden Schenn that tapped the puck into goal past Jonathan Bernier, this was the Flyers only goal in their 3-1 loss. The 1st period started with Giroux skating better than ever and handling the puck through the neutral zone, and penetrating the offensive zone with ease through the Leaf’s defense.
We had our first look at regular season Vincent Lecavalier tonight. He has fell into this offensive structure built by Peter Laviolette wonderfully, and anyone that doubts his skating or puck handling ability saw in the first period that he hasn’t lost anything with age.
Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read, Scott Hartnell, the Schenn brothers and Kimmo Timonen are all looking improved and seeming to have more synergy through out all lines, especially with Lecavalier dealing the puck when Giroux is on the attack or on the Bench.
Opening in the net tonight was Steve Mason, in the first he saw nine shots and made impressive saves keeping Toronto from scoring in the first.
The first penalty against the Flyers was interference on Timonen. Grossmann had an impressively good start with 3-4 blocked shots in one shift. The Flyers survived and went 1 for 1 on penalty kills, keeping the game 1-0 flyers. In the second half of the 2nd period the Leafs went on the 2nd power play scoring this time against Mason, after he had made a huge toe save, the puck bounced to the stick of Phil Kessel for a easy top shelf goal for him.
Simmonds in the last seconds of the 2nd period caught the defensive men on the blue line, Simmonds took the puck on a breakaway and was tripped, and a penalty shot was called. Bernier kept his composer and kept his 5 hole closed, shutting number 17 out of his penalty shot. The 3rd period brought two goals from Dave Bolland.