Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Flyers breaking out of their season slump with a 5-0 shutout and 2 game winning streak

Last night the Philadelphia Flyers took advantage of their power plays and played a solid 60 minutes of hockey against the Ottawa Senators, scoring 5 goals. Steve “Brick Wall” Mason achieved his 20th career shutout and 1st shutout as a Flyer, a much deserved accomplishment for the Flyers goaltender who has been outstanding this season.

The Flyers, finally showing positive signs that they are breaking out of their early season slump, were playing like a team with contributions from each line. Matt Read claimed the first goal on a wrap around, beating the goaltender to the post and slipping the puck in the net for a 1-0 lead.

The 2nd period was the story of Jakub Voracek, who scored within the first 27 seconds of the period and then again registered a goal during the Flyers first power play of the game. Claude Giroux, was a dangerous force during the game and achieved his 300th career point during the 2nd period.

During the 3rd period, Vinny Lecavalier was in the right place at the right time when he came down center ice to score, increasing the Flyers lead, 4-0. Brayden Schenn and Lecavalier combined to score again, taking out a little insurance on the Flyers lead late in the 3rd period. With 5 minutes of play left and a score of 5-0, this was the first time all season it was evident that the Flyers were going to clinch the win.

This season as the Flyers struggled with goal scoring, this was the first time they demonstrated a continual productive effort, going into the 3rd period with a 3 goal lead and scoring to advance to a, 5-0 shutout. The Flyers did not give the Senators many chances, they were winning puck battles, patient with the puck and played like a unit.

The Flyers have built some great momentum, both on the ice and in the locker room. Whatever was said to them during their closed door team meeting seems to have been productive and translated into their play. As they gear up to face their cross state rivals tonight, they are in a good spot mentally to push through a challenging and physical 60- minute game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tonight will be the real test to see if the Flyers have what it takes to put their slow start behind them and come out on top this season.

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