Officially, Jeff Carter scored a pair of goals, including the game winner with just under 3 minutes to play. Officially, the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Colorado Avalanche in our home opener 4-2. And officially, we got lucky as hell.
The Flyers came out of the gate strong, solidly outplaying the Avs. They read plays, kept pressure off Sergei Bobrovsky, and created chance after chance. Mike Richards was a menace on the penalty kill, once stealing the puck for a breakaway, and shortly after setting up Claude Giroux for his own breakaway. Giroux managed to score on his opportunity with a nice backhander into the top shelf. Shorthanded again, Carter stole the puck because of more sloppy passing by Colorado and score on a move similar to Giroux’s.
After that, the Flyers figured they could coast. It’s a problem we had under the old regime, and something that I thought Lavy would have cured by now. Nope, it came back to bite us in the ass about halfway into the game. A turnover during a breakout in our zone, and before Bobrovsky could get ready, the puck was past his shoulder into the net. Less than a minute into the third, Milan Hejduk sent a butterfly under Bobrovsky’s arm that slloooooowwwwwly trickled into the net. We turned the pressure up as the seconds turned to minutes, and time was running out. JVR broke into the zone down the right wing, sent a puck to the middle where Richards tipped it to Carter. He fired a weird angle shot, and Craig Anderson stood there with his legs wide open in an awkward position, and kind of heel flicked the puck into his own net. An empty netter later, where Powe showed off his speed, and the win was secured.
It was the home opener, we raised our banner, and in the end, we got what we wanted. So far, our powerplay is looking a bit shaky. We’re not opening lanes and getting good shots on net, and we’re having some problems keeping the puck for long periods of time. Pronger played his first game of the year, and he looked pretty good out there. He says his timing is off a bit, but he didn’t really look rusty or bad. Once he gets a bit more involved, I think the PP will improve.
It’s only three games into the season, but still no fights. Not there was really a reason to fight in any of the games, but we’ve got a reputation to uphold. With Pittsburgh and Anaheim in town over the next few games, hopefully that changes.
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