The west coast continues to treat Philadelphia well. The Flyers took down the Vancouver Canucks with a 2-1 final. It was the second game of a back-to-back for the Flyers and I thought they did really well. They beat the undefeated Oilers last night and then played against the rested, 3-3-1 Canucks tonight. I’m not going to lie, I was sweating in my boots a bit before this one. The Flyers usually can murder a great team and then crumble to a struggling one so with Martin Jones in net, it being the second game of a back-to-back, I was worried. But this Flyers team has shown once more that they’re new and improved.
It was goal city in the first period. Sean Couturier started the game by getting Philly on the board just 22 seconds into the game. Never a bad thing to see, especially from Coots.
Quinn Hughes did get things tied just 2 minutes after that but fear not. The power play got right to work on a Hughes’s penalty a few minutes later. It was a beautiful tic-tac-toe goal to get Philly the lead.
Vancouver tried hard in the second to get things tied but they had no dice. Backup goalie Martin Jones faced 16 shots in that period and stopped all of them. Zack MacEwen, who was just a Vancouver Canuck two weeks ago, beat the wheels off Luke Schenn. I knew MacEwen would be loved in Philly because he’s a tough son of a bitch and he proved that with this fight. MacEwen’s fight was a big standout for that period for me.
Going into the third we saw a lot of power plays and penalty kills on both sides. A lot more outrage at the refs for missed calls more than anything honestly. This one went down to the wire because all Vancouver needed was one to push this game on its side. However, Jones stood tall here. He had to stop several shots, mostly from some top Canucks who have been running cold recently. In the end, the Flyers won it out with a 2-1 W and they advance their record to 4-1-1.
Obviously, Claude Giroux got first star. He had 2 killer assists in this game. Boeser had 2nd and he deserved that. He’s been cold on the stat sheet but he was working to get something in the net. Martin Jones was awarded 3rd star as well.
This game did end that Cam Atkinson goal-per-game streak to start the season. He still had some good shots tonight, played 17 minutes, along with some time on the power play and penalty kill. Ivan Provorov had another great game. He played 23:11 with a shot on goal and a block. He took a penalty late, late in the 3rd that we all could have done without but overall, another solid game for Drake’s dad. Love to see it.
I thought Martin Jones did well for a backup goaltender that people have talked a lot of shit about. He stopped 27 of 28 shots, that’s a .964 save percentage for the day. He scares the shit out of me when he leaves that net though. Him and Marc-Andre Fleury worry the hell out of me every time they leave the net to play the puck, I just don’t trust them in that regard. However, for playing the second night of a back-to-back where the team in front of you is tired, I thought he handled that well. He’s 2-0-0 to start this season and has stopped 64 of 68 shots he’s faced. I’m not saying he should take over starter or anything crazy, I just think a good start after so many rough seasons is something great to see from him. Let him get into a good space to keep stopping pucks and give the Flyers their trust he’ll be there when they need him. I’m happy he had a good game.
The Flyers now have time off until Saturday when they’ll face the red-hot Calgary Flames. The Flames just put a beating on the Pittsburgh Penguins and they’re on a 5 game win streak. Should the Flyers play as well as they have the last few days I think we’ll be a-okay. I’m liking where we’re at, I’m enjoying this team, I can’t wait to watch another game. I’m sure they’ll be some dust-ups in that game too because the Flyers and Flames are both aggressive teams. Regardless of how things go, this will be a fun game to watch.
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