Are the Flyers Back on Track??
Jaromir Jagr, who scored two goals on Saturday night, doing his legendary salute. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Flyers knew what needed to be done on Saturday night. They were in a slump: goaltending was terrible, defense was even worse, and goals were hard to come by. They had a chance to turn it all around against former teammate Brian Boucher and the Carolina Hurricanes as they visited the City of Brotherly Love. Ilya Bryzgalov, who was signed to a 9 year, $51 million contract in the offseason, would be in the net across the ice for the Flyers. After stating he had no confidence in himself after a 9-8 loss to the Jets, Bryz was determined to regain confidence tonight and to lead his team to a win.
Like in the last few games, the Flyers were the first to score. Scott Hartnell, who has been absolutely ON FIRE the last few games, was the one to put the Flyers in the lead. This would be the only goal scored in the first period. The next goal, which was scored by the Hurricanes in the second period was a cheap goal. Ilya Bryzgalov made the original save on the shot, but could not save the rebound because he was knocked out by Scott Hartnell. This would be the only goal of the second period.
At the start of the third, the game was tied 1-1. To sum things up, the third period was controlled 100% by the Flyers. Jaromir Jagr, who has been scoring quite often as of late, started the Flyers goal streak. Max Talbot followed up on that with a short handed goal. Claude Giroux continues to be the main source of Flyers goals and then the fans got to see Jagr’s salute a second time as he scored his second goal of the night. The Flyers won this game 5-1.
This game should definitely reinstall Ilya Bryzgalov’s confidence. He saved 24 of 25 shots and the one that went in wasn’t even close to being his fault. Lots of defensive improvements were made and the offense had no problem getting the puck by Brian Boucher. The Flyers have a few days in between there next game, which is November 2. They will be in Buffalo against the 6-4-0 Sabres. They will also be playing against former teammate Ville Leino, who the Flyers couldn’t afford to resign. Hopefully they can get a few good practices in, some rest, and bring the intensity they showed in tonight’s game to Buffalo.
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