Philadelphia Flyer’s Captain Claude Giroux and off-season acquisition Sam Gagner scored their first goals of the season en route to a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.
Flyer’s forward Matt Read sealed the deal for the team, scoring a goal with just over three minutes left in the game.
Flyer’s at their Finest
Flyer’s goalie Michael Neuvirth earned his second shutout in as many nights. Neuvirth stunned last year’s Stanley Cup Champions with several acrobatic saves. He stopped 30 shots on the night including silencing Blackhawks veteran Marion Hossa on a breakaway late in the second period.
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This was another fantastic performance by the Flyer’s backup goalie, which earned him first star honors after the game.
If this guy manages to keep this momentum going, the Flyer’s regular starting goalie Steve Mason may have to fight to get his spot back.
This is a fantastic result for the Flyer’s overall. I love watching these guys play. This team is built on speed and young players.
Guys like Wayne Simmons, Michael Raffl and Jakob Voracek simply outworked their opponents.
They threw their weight around, outhitting the Blackhawks 28-27 and used their speed affectively to launch several successful counter attacks.
Philadelphia Flyer’s veteran defensemen Mark Streit and Nick Schultz combined for six blocked shots and did a wonderful job protecting Neuvirth throughout the game.
The only criticism Flyer’s Head Coach Dave Hakstol will pinpoint to his squad at the end of this victory was the team’s inability to score more goals on the powerplay.
The Flyers only went one for six on the powerplay against the Blackhawks. This number needs to increase if the Flyers hope to have more success against the top flight teams this season.
Blackhawks Baffled by Flyers
This game was an absolute train wreck for the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
They were ill-disciplined and, as a result, spent most of the game killing penalties. Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were continually frustrated by the brilliant play of Michael Neuvirth.
The Flyer’s defense did a wonderful job limiting the Blackhawks' time with the puck. As a result, the Blackhawks went 0-5 on the powerplay and left Philadelphia with a loss.
I’m sure this loss will serve as a wake- up call for these guys. Also, Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville will address the penalties. Overall, this is a game the Blackhawks will want to forget.
The Philadelphia Flyers will face off against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
I can’t wait to see if Michael Neuvirth will get the nod to start the game ahead of Steve Mason. He’s certainly got momentum on his side heading into Thursday’s game.
For the Chicago Blackhawks, it’s time to hit the reset button and prepare to face off against the Washington Capitals Thursday night.
I can’t wait to see if some tough love from Quenneville will cause a sharp decrease in penalty minutes in the Blackhawk's next game.