For the Blues, this was the second of back to back games after an OT win over Carolina on Friday night at home. For the Flyers, they were coming off a tough loss to the Capitals on Thursday night. Bryzgalov would get the start against Brian Elliot who has been outperforming Jaroslav Halak, the man he backs up. Last year, the Blues beat the Flyers in OT at home and both teams were looking for a big W in this game.
Peter Laviolette made some changes to the lines looking for some chemistry to help in the goal department. Within the first two minutes of the game, St. Louis got on the board with a shot from Kent Huskins that snuck through Bryzgalov’s five-hole. T.J Oshie added to the lead with a goal of his own giving his team the 2-0 lead. Coach Laviolette used his timeout in the first period so you know that means he had something to say.
Whatever he said during that timeout and during the intermission seemed to work. Within the first minute of the period, assistant captain Danny Briere knocked the water bottle off the net with a top right shelf rocket. The rest of the period was fairly quiet with the exception of Flyers’ captain Chris Pronger’s crazy hit on Blues’ captain David Backes. Carlo Colaiacovo put the Blues up 3-1 late in the period, but before it ended, we got to see a fight between Wayne Simmonds and Barrett Jackman.
Throughout the 3rd period, Brian Elliot was absolutely amazing. You wouldn’t even be able to distinguish whether he was a starting goalie or a back-up. Matt Carle’s goal was reviewed and determined a good goal and the fans were back into it as the Flyers were within one. It looked like the orange and black were headed in the right direction, but things headed downhill once again. Ilya Bryzgalov had a communication problem with Braydon Coburn causing Bryz to leave the puck right in front of the net. Matt D’Agostini took advantage of this and buried the puck putting the game out of reach at 4-2 near the end of the game.
The Flyers have lost 3 of their last 4 games now possessing a record of 4-2-1. That isn’t a terrible record, but I believe they should be doing way better. Like I’ve said before, they did lose a lot of goals by trading Richards and Carter, but I believe they still have enough depth and that all 4 lines should be able to produce. I would not be surprised if Bobrovsky gets the start on Monday due to Bryzgalov’s recent struggles (even though all the goals haven’t been his fault). It may be good to give Ilya a game off to get some rest. The last game of the Flyers home stand is Monday as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. James Reimer has been pretty solid in net and Phil Kessel has been a big scoring threat in the beginning of the season. Expect a competitive game on Monday and a few changes to the Flyers lines as Laviolette continues to search for chemistry.
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