Coming into Tuesday night’s game, the Flyers had been winless for about 4 years in Ottawa. Peter Laviolette stated that this was a whole new team and they knew to win they had to skate hard, play well defensively, and score goals. With another stellar performance, the Flyers proved that their head coach knew what he was talking about.
Sergei Bobrovsky finally got the start after watching Bryzgalov start 4 consecutive games. He stopped 21 of 23 shots having a .913 SV% on the night. It is good to know that the man behind their starter is able to perform like that. Harry Zolnierczyk was also in the starting line up tonight filling in for Andreas Nodl who is injured. For those of you wondering, I heard that Brayden Schenn did not play because of cap issues.
What was feared this season was that goals would not be easy to come by with the loss of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Tonight, goals were not hard to come by. The Flyers took a 4-0 lead going into the first intermission with goals from Matt Read, Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, and Max Talbot. Giroux’s goal was an absolute snipe by the way, I was blown away. The Senators didn’t have much to play for and we saw Rinaldo and Konopka drop the gloves followed by Chris Neil and Matt Walker (who replaced Andreas Lilja) in the second period.
What looked to be a scoreless second period was not when Jason Spezza got that Sens on the board very late in the second. The Flyers power play was very impressive tonight scoring 3 goals. Sean Couturier and Harry Zolnierczyk both scored their first career NHL goals on Tuesday night in the Flyers 7-2 win. All aspects of this team look stellar as of now. The Flyers have 19 goals in 5 games which is an average of 2.8 goals per game. Defensively, they are taking the body and aren’t getting pushed around like last year and goaltending doesn’t appear to be a problem with Bryzgalov impressing in the starting position and Bobrovsky standing strong behind him.
The Flyers’ record in the first 5 games of the season is 4-0-1 after the win over the Senators. An extremely tough game lies ahead as Alexander Ovechkin and his 5-0-0 Washington Capitals come to town on Thursday night. Assuming Bryzgalov will get the start, the Flyers look to put an end to the Caps perfect record. In order to do so, goals will be needed, along with a strong defensive effort, and a solid game from Ilya Bryzgalov. I have no doubt that 3601 S. Broad Street will be rockin’ on Thursday night!! Go Flyers!!
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