Thursday, October 24, 2013

Flyers: A Break from the Losing Streak

The Philadelphia Flyers caught a break against the 2-6-0 New York Ranger, ending their 4 game losing streak tonight. Back on the ice after a week off, the Flyers looked a little rusty but with Vinny Lecavalier back by Claude Giroux’s side he was quick to make scoring opportunities right off the puck drop.

The MVP for the Flyers was Matt Read, who netted his first goal of the season, and got the Flyers off to a good start. As they looked to go into the intermission with a lead, Rangers’ Mike Richards snuck a goal in on Steve Mason with 1:04 left to play in the first period.

Steve Mason, outstanding in net for the Flyers, has been doing his job while patiently waiting for his team to have more goals than the other team. Tonight was no exception, Mason made 30 saves keeping the Flyers competitive and contributing to the big W.

Braydon Coburn scored 3:33 into the third period, breaking the tie while Mason fended off the Rangers securing the win. The Flyers still struggle to score goals and have yet to score more than twice in regulation. As the Flyers struggle to get back on track for the season, they will have to figure out how to score in order to compete with other teams around the league. Still without goals 9 games into the Flyers season: Giroux, Voracek, Streit, and Couturier. With big names still not scoring and Hartnell out of the game, others will need to step up to fill the gaps. Now that Read has ended his non-scoring streak, hopefully his confidence is back and he will consistently put the puck in the back of the net.

With a deep hole to dig themselves out of, the Flyers need to rally to create more offense. It was good to see the Flyers play a 60 minute game after a shaky start as they adjusted to some new lines, but they barely escaped with the win. Now that they have a win and can rebuild their confidence going into Saturdays game against the 3-3-3 New York Islanders, they have to start winning more consistently. Craig Berube had a smile on his face while talking to the press tonight and team Captain Claude Giroux is confident that the Flyers can turn their season around. With an unpredictable future, the Flyers will face the Islanders Saturday, hoping for their first back to back wins of the season.

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