The Philadelphia Flyers lost their first game following the Olympic break by a score of 7-3. The three goal scorers were Andrej Meszaros, Brayden Schenn, and Matt Read.
The Flyers played a relatively strong first period. After giving up the first goal and killing an early penalty, the Flyers went into the first intermission up 2-1. They were leading in shots 10-5, although the Sharks had some quality offensive zone time.
The second period was an utter disaster. The Flyers allowed five goals, three to Joe Pavelski, and one apiece to Logan Couture and Raffi Torres. Nothing went right for the Flyers and after the third goal of the period (SJS’ fourth of the game) Steve Mason was pulled. Ray Emery did not fare a whole lot better, allowing three goals in just 20:02 of ice time. The third period was boring and there was little to glean from either team. Following the final San Jose goal, the Flyers replaced Emery with Mason. The team has not disclosed what was wrong with Emery.
Here are a few takeaways from that awful loss:
-Don’t overreact!!! It is one game. We have lost games before (7-0 WSH, 6-2 CHI, 6-1 BOS). This team is slightly above average and they can look really good every now and then, but for the most part they cannot handle the NHL’s best.
-Andrej Meszaros looked pretty good. Now is the time for him to be traded. I see no reason for him to be on this roster come March 6th.
-On the final goal of the game, Sean Couturier made a fantastic pass to Matt Read. As a whole, the Read-Couts-Downie line looked solid tonight. It’s still ok to be excited about Couturier, the kid’s gonna be great.
-Oddly enough, the Flyers still sit third int he Metropolitan Division. However, unless they play well this weekend (vs. NYR, @ WSH) they will soon be on the outside looking into the playoff picture.