I’m not going to analyze the whole game, and I know I said tonight was close to a must-win, but I had to be happy with that 3rd period effort. The Flyers were pressing for much of that 3rd period and Jose Theodore had an outstanding game to blank the Flyers after the first period.
Good things to take from this game:
Both of the goals came on the power play. One from Scotty Hartnell with a nice pass from Richards and more importantly, the second from Coburn after JVR took Knuble’s spot right in front of the net to cause trouble for the goalie. Coburn’s goal is HUGE because hopefully it creates a little confidence in him after he has been on the ice for most of the goals the Flyers have let in and has been somewhat of a turnover machine throughout the first few games.
Even without Gagne who fills a big power play, penalty kill, and even strength presence; the Flyers played against an offensive power house and managed to go down to the wire in their loss.
Emery played a very strong game and I was very happy with the way he fought for sight of the puck and for the loose pucks in front of him (especially that penalty kill in the 2nd period).
We need to stop juggling these lines and find some chemistry with them, and hopefully with the return of Betts on Saturday we will start to see more consistency.
Gagne’s injury is apparently new and he will decide whether or not he will get surgery tomorrow. We hope for a speedy recovery for him as he wasn’t looking very healthy the way he was skating around early this season. I hope he comes back 100% and doesn’t rush it, we have enough depth where I’d want him to be good to go late in the season rather than risk his health now.
Flyers have off until they come back home on Halloween this Saturday to host the Hurricanes for a 1 PM face-off.