The Philadelphia Flyers overcame several bad breaks and had a great chance to claim the win against the Coyotes, but were forced to settle for 1 point
It was defensible when the Philadelphia Flyers had a slow start in their first game of the season against the Kings. It was harder to excuse their sloppy start in game number 2 against the Coyotes, taking a pair of too many men penalties in the first 3 minutes of the game.
It would prove to be that kind of night for the Flyers. Fortunately the Flyers overcame some bad bounces and questionable calls and had a great opportunity to win the game. The overtime looked more like a Flyers 5v3 than an even 3v3…right up until the Coyotes scored on their first chance. In the end, the Flyers will likely be satisfied with 3 points from their first 2 games of the season.
- Giroux Line in Form – If the Giroux line looked underwhelming in the opener, they were back on track tonight. They had a few dominant shifts, and delivered pure Giroux magic on the Simmonds goal.
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- Konecny in the Center of the Action – Konecny turned in another strong performance, making plays. He finished with another assist, could’ve had a goal, but also absorbed a few tough hits. As an undersized teenager who can also infuriate opponents, the Flyers have to watch his back.
- Read Continues to Impress – Matt Read followed up his strong performance against LA with another strong game. He had 4 more shots on goal, this time actually finishing one for to tie the game in the 3rd period. It also looked like he would bury the winner in overtime, but his effort was robbed by Smith. I have to think Read is pushing for 3rd line time.
- Struggles for the 3rd Line – Speaking of the 3rd line, this was another mediocre performance. Weise makes nifty play every now and again, but overall the unit has been underwhelming.
- Ghost Attack: Shayne Gostisbehere was all over the place. Played big minutes, with 10 shot attempts (7 on goal). He was even dancing through the defense at times. That’s 9 shots on goal in 2 games. Surely the points are coming.
- Streit/Provorov: This pair continues to perform well. They had very good possession numbers while playing a lot against top Arizona forwards.
- High Scoring Manning: With 2 assists, Manning is up to 3 on the season. That puts him tied for the team lead for points with Travis Konecny. I’m not sure what the future of this pair will be once Gudas and Del Zotto return, but that’s making the most of the opportunity.
The Philadelphia Flyers have one more away game before their home opener. They play Tuesday night in Chicago. The Hawks are 1-2 this season.