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The Flyers lost to the Vancouver Canucks tonight by a score of 4-1. Steve Mason made 31 saves in the loss as Michael Raffl scored the lone goal for the Flyers.
After a fairly slow start, the Flyers picked it up towards the end of the first and played fairly even hockey for the rest of the way out. Raffl put them on the board first, only to be answered minutes later by Alex Edler after a bad Vincent Lecavalier turnover.
In the third period, some lazy neutral zone play allowed two rush plays to lead to Canucks goals, both scored by Alex Burrows within 10 seconds of each other. After the Flyers failed to get to Eddie Lack with the goaltender pulled, Radim Vrbata finished it off with an empty netter.
Not a terrible game from Philadelphia here. It was fun at times, especially during the second period. Flyers will be back in action on Thursday against South Jersey Native Johnny Gaudreau™. A few more observations below:
-Nick Cousins played a good game in his NHL debut. He centered the third line, which looked pretty damn good for the majority of the night. I imagine that Berube told him to keep things pretty simple, and he did a good job executing that. He was a +7 in shot attempts and came very close to his first NHL goal in the 2nd period.
-Zac Rinaldo had a reasonably effective game tonight as well. He drew a penalty with some good defensive play, and didn’t do anything dumb. All we can ask for there.
-Jake Voracek fought Dan Hamhuis, presumably because he is responsible for ruining the Flyers. I’d give the fight to Voracek in a decision. Jake is a good fighter that I only want to see drop the gloves a couple times a season.
-The highlight of the night was most definitely Bill Clement speaking about the Vancouver crowd. He proclaimed that Vancouver is a great spot for Cousins to start his NHL career because there is “nothing intimidating about playing there”. Awesome stuff.
-Man, this defensive unit is very rough in the absence of Coburn and Del Zotto. With Streit getting older by the minute, it’s pretty terrifying to think about what it could become if the defensive prospects fail to pan out.