Fans were anxious to see their hometown team play in Philadelphia for the first time in the 2011-2012 season. Many reasons lead to their excitement: the new additions made by Paul Holmgren, and the teams 2-0 start on the road. In the first period, something that we weren’t used to was happening for the orange and the black, the refs were calling several penalties on the OTHER team. Unlike last year, the Flyers power play was capitalizing on their oppurtunities. Goals were scored by Giroux on a lucky bounce, Pronger on a rocket from the point, and JVR at even strength. The Flyers took a 3-1 lead going into intermission.
The Flyers seemed to slow down a bit in the first half of the second. The Canucks were controlling the puck well in the Flyers’ defensive zone. Bryzgalov, who allowed 4 goals on 40 shots, really kept his team in the game. The Sedin brothers were moving the puck at a very rapid pace, especially on their power play oppurtunities (which they had quite a few of throughout the third period). Roberto Luongo looked a little shaky, but I believe that he will settle in once the season gets going. If that doesn’t happen, the Canucks coaching staff should be able to have faith in backup goalie Cory Schneider who put up impressive numbers last year.
When both teams hit the ice coming into the third period, the Flyers were up 4-3. The Canucks finally tied it up at 4 and took away the lead. Danny Briere, who has had somewhat of a slow start, set up Andrej Meszaros perfectly on the rush and he was able to go top right on Luongo. The Flyers were able to defend that one goal lead and finish the game 5-4. The Canucks had a countless amount of power play oppurtunities, and they were quite dangerous. Couturier continuted to look solid on the PK giving Peter Laviolette and the rest of the organization reasons to keep him on the roster. The Flyers will be at it again on Saturday, October 15 at 7:00PM ET as the LA Kings and a few other familar faces return to the city of brotherly love.