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The Flyers lost in a shootout to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night by the score of 2-1. After a relatively lackluster game that was characterized by solid goaltending on both sides, Bobby Ryan scored the lone shootout goal in the third round to end it.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau struck first for the Senators after some pretty poor defensive zone coverage by Andrew MacDonald. Their 1-0 lead would stand for just under 7 minutes before Jakub Voracek knotted the game on a one-timer from the circle. The goal was Voracek’s first at even strength in 2015, ending a pretty bad stretch of 5v5 shooting luck.
All around, I’d say this was a fairly “meh” game for the Flyers. They didn’t play terribly, but did not play great by any means either. Ray Emery was stellar and made some fantastic saves, including one in the third where he was able to move uncharacteristically fast from post to post.
The Flyers will be back in action on Tuesday night in Vancouver for some #FlyersAfterDark. We should get a look at Nick Cousins during that game, so that will be fun at least.
Shootouts are dumb and also so is hockey and sports. Here are some more thoughts on the game.
-We made it 1:13 into the game without a Cherry Hill Native Bobby Ryan reference, just barely eclipsing the over under that was set at :56 seconds. Pretty good.
-The first line was very good tonight and dominant at times. Claude Giroux continues to be wildly snakebitten at even strength. If the Flyers were going to pull out a win tonight, it would definitely have been on the heels of this line.
-Erik Karlsson is just really fun to watch. Terrifying when he has the puck with some space. It’s good to see him looking like the player that he was before that wild Achilles injury a couple years back.
-Andrew Hammond is quite the story. There are a lot of reasons to think that the wheels will fall off at some point, but they most definitely didn’t tonight. Hammond was solid again and stopped all three Flyers attempts in the shootout. He is now 10-0-1 at the NHL level. Not a bad start.
-No Grossmann or Remaldo goals tonight. Hmpfth.
-I was glad to see the Flyers go with Emery tonight. This isn’t something that I should really be giving them credit for, but we’ve seen them make some bad goaltending decisions in the past during back to back situations. Definitely no reason to play Mason twice with their playoff chances sitting under 1 percent.