The Philadelphia Flyers have won their first game of the 2013-2014 season at home in Wells Fargo Center 2-1 over the Florida Panthers. Everyone was on edge after the firing of Peter Laviolette Monday; fans were wondering just what the Flyers were going to look like tonight. The answer is, better than they were. Which is a place to start. The Flyers first win and Craig Berube’s first game as Head Coach may not be just a coincidence.
Starting in goal for the flyers tonight was Steve Mason with 33 saves over the three periods. He faced Panthers Goalie Tim Thomas, and after Thomas went down to defend a shot, and had a difficult time getting back up, Jacob Markstrom replaced him for the remainder of the game.
2-1 Goals of the Game
Flyers first goal of the game came from Brayden Schenn, his 2nd goal of the season. With an entry pass from Vincent Lecavalier to Jakub Voracek with a slap shot off the back-boards the puck found its way back in front of the net onto B. Schenns’ stick, and into the back of the Panthers net.
The 2nd goal of the night came from Braydon Coburn, his first of the season. Sean Couturier, who had slapped the puck onto the backboards, ricocheting the puck onto Coburns stick, assisted Coburn’s goal. With a saucer-shot Coburn managed to get the puck passed Thomas making the game 2-0 flyers.
Panthers score with only 6 seconds left in the 2nd period; this was a huge slap shot from center ice that was blocked by Schenn, bounced onto the stick of Brad Boyes, a Panther forward. Mason was down from attempting to save another shot, and Boyes slid the puck passed him.
NHL Stars of the Game
- Steve Mason- Flyers Goalie, 33 saves 1 goal
- Jacob Markstrom- Panthers Goalie, 25 saves
- Max Talbot- Flyers Center, 5 shots, 1 hit
Hit of the Game
Zac Rinaldo had what I consider the Hit of the Game on Drew Shore a Panther that was coming through the neutral zone.
Penalties and Power Plays
The first power play of the 2nd period resulted in a shorthanded break away for the Panthers and Mason made a huge save all alone and kept the game 2-0 Flyers. Panthers killed the power play.
Panthers had the second power play of the game. After 30 seconds the Panthers had very little time in the Flyers zone. Mason had quite a few amazing saves, including a HUGE kick save with 20 seconds left in the power play.
No less than 30 seconds later Flyer Andrej Mezaros had crosscheck and boarding calls and the Panthers were on another power play.
Mason had another power play kill, assisted by the Flyers special teams. Ending with the Flyers drawing a penalty.
Berube brought Jay Rosehill back up from the Minor Leagues for a more physical approach. Rosehill got a 4-minute double minor for Roughing and a 10-minute Misconduct because the rookie couldn’t hold his cool, (Rinaldo flash-backs anyone?). Scott Hartnell served the other portion of the penalty with him. Rinaldo also received a roughing call; this gave the Panthers a man advantage for another power play.
90 seconds into the 4-minute power play Talbot got a great short handed breakaway, let off a slap-shot that was blocked by Thomas. Talbot got another short-handed attempt also blocked, and the Flyers killed yet another power play.
Hartnell was hit against the boards, and the play was called to a stop because a fight broke out after Hartnell hit the ground, this fight was led by the long-arms of Wayne Simmonds. The Panthers received a 5-minute major for Boarding. #Hartnelldown
Mason was in the zone and had some of the best saves I have seen so far this season. The losing streak is over, a new coach is on board, and things are hopefully changing for the boys in orange for the better.