The Flyers ended last week on a hot streak riding a back-to-back shutout performance from Michal Neuvirth. After beating the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, the Flyers were cursed with a five-day break. The break did give Mason time to deal with family issues that kept him out of the net the past two games, it also gave R.J. Umberger time to heal and move back into the lineup.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015: Flyers rusty against Dallas.
The Flyers were finally back in action on Tuesday in the first game of a back-to-back series. The Flyers hoped that the five-day break wouldn’t have a tremendous effect on their game against the Dallas Stars. Steve Mason was back in the net after over a week off. Starting Mason instead of keeping the hot goalie, Neuvirth, going was an attempt to get Mason’s confidence built back up. His last start was a 7-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.
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A combination of incredible goaltending from Dallas goalie Antti Niemi and a rough start from the Flyers would keep the Flyers from extending their winning streak. The first two periods, the Flyers were severely outplayed by the Stars resulting in a 2-0 deficit. It wasn’t until the third period that the orange and black finally started looking like the team that beat the Blackhawks not a week ago.
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As the third period began, the Flyers began to pick up momentum to try and make the comeback as the Stars’ sat on their heels comfortable with their lead.
The surge was able to get them halfway to a comeback, but it just wasn’t enough. The game ended 2-1 for a Stars win.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015: Flyers take on Boston.
On Wednesday, the Flyers headed to Boston for the second game of the back-to-back. Not wanting to overwork Steve Mason, Hakstol put Michal Neuvirth in net to start the game. Boston had a weak start to their season but were supposedly figuring themselves out, coming off a two-game win streak. The Flyers built off their 3rd-period performance against the Stars and were able to control play against the Bruins in the 1st. The1st period was filled with back and forth scoring and ended in a 2-2 tie. The biggest story, however, was Former Flyer Zac Rinaldo who laid a questionable hit on Sean Couturier at the end of the period.
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After Sean Couturier had played a puck along the boards, former Flyer and eternal scumbag Zac Rinaldo charged and launched himself into Couturier.
The Flyers used the resulting five-minute power play to look absolutely pathetic and even allowed a shorthanded goal. Sean Couturier and Michal Neuvirth would not return to the game after sustaining “upper-body injuries”. The Bruins went up 4-2 with the help of Jimmy Hayes and the game looked lost.
The third period was all Philly. After an amazing falling save by Steve Mason, the Flyers were fired up. After the NBCSN announcers spent a minute talking about the Flyers lack of main scoring ( lack of goals from Giroux, Voracek, and Simmonds) Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds both put in goals to tie the game.
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The Flyers aggressive 3rd period got them the tie and forced overtime. With around three minutes left in the extra period, Michael Del Zotto drew a penalty giving the Flyers the 4-on-3 man advantage. A Claude Giroux snipe ended the game for the Flyers first overtime win and ending the Bruins winning streak.
Michal Neuvirth, Sean Couturier, and Brayden Schenn are injured, all with upper body injuries, which means Vinny Lecavalier may finally get his time in the lineup. Zac Rinaldo was not suspended for his hit on Sean Couturier.