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The Flyers’ woes continued Wednesday night as the team dropped its third straight game in a 2-0 shutout at the hands of the New York Rangers.
The highlight of the game came before the puck dropped, when the Claude Giroux mysterious injury charade ended and the team’s captain was announced as part of the starting lineup. It was all downhill from there.
The Rangers dominated most of the gameplay at every configuration: 5-on-5, on the power play, and even shorthanded. Cam Talbot, the Rangers’ backup goalie who was sporting a whopping .880 SV% coming into the game, stopped all 31 shots that he faced to earn his first shutout of the season and the first star of the game.
The only spark that came from the Flyers was provided by the team’s General Manager, as Ron Hextall was allegedly heard cursing up a storm after the game.
Hextall was not wrong.
Steve Mason was arguably the best Flyer on the ice, stopping 34 of 36 shots, despite Braydon Coburn’s best efforts to injure him when the two collided behind the net.
Later in the game, former Ranger, Michael Del Zotto, was injured after getting tangled up with Rangers’ defenseman, Dan Girardi.
Head coach, Craig Berube, relied heavily on his first line. Giroux (25:45), Jake Voracek (25:53) and Brayden Schenn (24:44) churned and burned their way through the game. Mark Streit played the most of any skater with 26:47 of ice time.
At the other end of the spectrum, Scott Laughton, one of the touted prospects that Hextall wants to nurture, saw a measly 7 minutes of ice time. Only one player on either team — Chris VandeVelde — played less.
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