Welcome to the Pod Street Postgame! The Flyers topped the New Jersey Devils 5-3 in a game that felt like a rollercoaster ride. The Philadelphia Flyers came out sluggish once again, almost like they were on the back end of a back-to-back. Luckily Brian Elliot bailed the Flyers out early on in the first period. James van Riemsdyk had his best game of the young season, scoring two Power Play goals for his fourth and fifth goals of the year. A power play that went into a drought the last few games shined, going two for five on the night.
The Flyers dominated play early on in the second period, but the Devils came roaring back with two quick goals to end the period knotted up at 2-2 after two. The game felt like a battle of momentum swings from both teams, with the Flyers still struggling with giveaways in their own zone and between the bluelines. Finally in the third period the Flyers broke through on a beauty of a pass from Claude Giroux to Nolan Patrick for the go-ahead goal. Five minutes later Joel Farabee netted his second of the season. This was Farabees’s first goal after his four point opening night performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ivan Provorov sealed the deal with a late empty net goal.
Claude Giroux passed Bobby Clarke as the longest tenured captain in Philadelphia Flyers history , playing in his 611th game as the captain. Giroux looked good moving the puck and tallied two helpers. Giroux still remains with no goals through seven games so far this season. He needs to start scoring. I saw two key spots in the game where he was wide open in the slot but didn’t shoot. Hopefully he gets out of this scoring slump sooner rather than later. Jake Voracek got his 400th assist as a Philadelphia Flyer and has been producing points consistently early on this year. Voracek, like Giroux, needs to score more but it’s nice to see the points adding up.
The Return of Ghost
Shayne Gostisbehere made his season debut after a battle with COVID-19 and he looked as expected in his first game. There were moments in the game where I was scratching my head with a turnover or two but for the most part , he played a solid game. His shot from the point is refreshing to see, and with those fresh young legs, I think he will cement himself in the starting lineup from here on out. The Flyers will count on Ghost to chew up some big minutes once the rust wears off. We need to take into consideration that these players barely had a training camp and no preseason games. Sometimes I’m too critical of a player, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, but these players are in a very unique situation playing during a pandemic.
The Flyers came into the game with the 12th best power play in the NHL, but have been up and down since the first two games of the season. The puck movement was good on the PP and the defensemen were getting shots through to the net. This led to JvR’s two big tip-in goals. It seems the Flyers are scoring most of their goals in front of the net which is a welcome sight and hopefully will continue on a more consistent basis as the season rolls along. With our five-on-five play slacking, the special teams will be crucial until they get it together.
In final, we saw another solid performance from Brian Elliott in net, stopping 23 of 26 shots in the game. He is now 2-0 on the season and is proving to be a solid backup. He stood on his head at times when the defensemen continued to give the puck away. Elliott also got help from the post and crossbar on a few occasions. It was nice to bounce back after two losses to the Boston Bruins and hopefully this win will carry over Thursday night when the Flyers go back at it with the New Jersey Devils. With the Flyers win they moved to 4-2-1 on the year and moved up to second in the East division. Points early on will be a big part of this teams success in this tough division.
This has been the Pod Street Postgame. Be sure to check back in with us after the Flyers/Devils game on Thursday evening for another Pod Street Postgame, breaking down what happened and how the Flyers fared in their second game against New Jersey.
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