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The Flyers lost in Calgary tonight by a score of 4 to 1. Claude Giroux scored the lone Flyers’ goal, as Steve Mason and Ray Emery combined for 22 saves in the loss. In a questionable decision, Mason was pulled late in the second period after Calgary’s second goal.
The first period was a fairly low-event period in which both teams had their chances. Steve Mason made some timely stops, as did Karri Ramo at the other end of the ice. The second period was not as kind to Philadelphia. After about 15 minutes of relatively poor play, Calgary finally got on the board with a Dennis Wideman goal (Yes, that guy is still in the league). Just a couple minutes later, a TJ Brodie shot found net after Steve Mason was screened well by Nick Schultz.
At that point, Flyers’ coach Craig Berube decided that he had seen enough of Steve Mason, and replaced him with Ray Emery. Hmm.
The Flyers would go on to play very similar hockey in the 3rd period and lose the game 4-1. Johnny Gaudreau capped an impressive three point night by potting the 4th Flames goal on the power play.
Frankly put, this was not a game that the Flyers deserved to win. It was not well played and it was not well coached either. At this point, it certainly seems like Craig Berube could be coaching with his job in mind. That, however, is none of my business *sips tea*.
The Flyers will be back in action on Saturday night against the Oilers at 10PM. The whole nation will undoubtedly be watching. Make sure to tune in.
Here are some other observations:
-Nick Cousins didn’t look bad again. His possession stats were decent, and he was involved in at least a couple of quality chances. One positive thing to look at during a couple rough games on the west coast.
-Not sure why the hell Steve Mason was pulled after the second goal. He had been solid during the first period, and didn’t make any egregious mistakes on either of the goals that he surrendered. He was very clearly screened on the goal that led to him being pulled from the game. After the game, Craig Berube told reporters, “”There’s going to be screens, you’ve got to fight thru them”. To be completely honest, that just doesn’t seem like a well informed stance on the situation. A screen like that in front of a goalie is usually happening because the team in front of him is not playing well enough. If a goalie who is already admittedly playing at less than 100% is going to be on such a short leash, just don’t play him the fuck at all. It just smells like a move that Craig Berube is making to try and save his job.
-It’s funny how Nick Schultz doesn’t look as solid defensively as of late. Almost like playing with Braydon Coburn helped him a lot. Hmm. *sips tea again*
-The Flames jerseys tonight are straight up awesome. That is all.
-Ryan White got into a fight tonight. When he removed his helmet, you could see that his hair is pretty solid. Good way to finally move on from the Steve Hartnell trade.