Flyers Week in Photos 10/22-10/29

The Flyers started the week against the New York Rangers, but after that they had what was supposed to be a pretty easy week. Two home games against the Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils followed the Rangers. The Flyers were looking to shake off last season’s “playing down to lesser teams” stigma but after a couple losses the beats jumped right on the familiar story line.

Saturday, October 3, 2015: The Flyers vs. The Rangers.

Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography

Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography

When was the last time the Flyers beat the Rangers? Maybe never, someone said 6 years, but it feels like longer. With a new coaching style and neutral zone play that has gotten fans hopes up, could the Flyers finally defeat their division rivals? Eleven minutes into the first, Mark Streit put the Flyers on the board; not long after, the Rangers J.T. Miller tied the game. The second period was filled with head injuries and more tying goals. Michael Raffl collapses on the bench and had to be helped to the locker room.

Not much is known about why Raffl fainted, but it appears that a collision with Jarret Stoll’s elbow may have been the cause. Viktor Stalberg suffered a head injury after Radko Gudas delivered a good open ice hit. Stalberg had his head down, but Gudas’ hit was clean, making contact with Stalberg’s shoulder.

The game would go into overtime where Sam Gagner had a chance to end it, but the puck rolled off his stick and he missed his chance. He would make up for it in the first round of the shootout, and Claude Giroux would give them the winning goal after Mason stoned Dominic Moore.

Image by Amy Irvin/38Photography

Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography

Tuesday, October 27, 2015: Flyers struggle against Buffalo; On Danny Briere Night!

We heard enough last season about how the Flyers played to the skill level of their opponent; they played down to lower teams and up against playoff teams. This season the team is looking to shake off the past and focus on the present and future…which is hard to do when you lose to the Buffalo Sabres.

Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography

Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography

You wouldn’t know that these Flyers beat the Rangers, Bruins and Blackhawks so far this season. The Flyers looked severely outplayed against Buffalo going down two goals before Chris VandeVelde gave the Flyers a chance. The Flyers managed to force overtime thanks to a two-goal performance from Brayden Schenn, but couldn’t beat the Sabres.

Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography

Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography

The Flyers lost Pierre-Edouard Bellemare late in the first period when he landed on his knee after a hit. Bellemare had to be helped off the ice and it was announced later in the week that the 4th line center will be missing for up to two weeks.

With the loss, the media immediately jumped on the “same team as last season” train. The loss also put a bit of a damper on Danny Briere Retirement night. Briere made us sad before the game and the Flyers made us sad after it.

Thursday, October 29, 2015: Obviously this is the same team as last year.

Going into Thursday’s game against the Devils, Steve Mason was 0-6 in his career against the New Jersey team. Mason fighting a losing record, the team fighting a growing stereotype, you’d expect the Flyers to start this game looking more like they did against Boston, or Chicago. Unfortunately, the Flyers are feeding the beat writers their pre-written stories. With Bellmare and Couturier injured, Vinny Lecavalier finally got his chance to play. He was put on the right wing of the 4th line, but didn’t see much playing time; in fact he didn’t play for the last 14 minutes of the third period.

The game was miraculously kept even thanks to Steve Mason keeping the Devils from scoring; don’t be fooled by the low score through two periods, the Flyers were severely outplayed. The Flyers suffered from numerous penalties that eventually cost them the lead late in the second period. Everything completely fell apart in the third.

Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography

Photo by Amy Irvin/38Photography

The Flyers started the last period with a power play, which should be a good thing, but the Flyers blind passes and lack of awareness made this a pretty useless advantage. Not even three minutes into the period, the Devils took a two goal lead for the worst third period start you could imagine. An empty net goal tied up the game nicely resulting in a 4-1 Flyers loss. Jake Voracek still has had no luck with scoring and it looks like it may be messing with his head. He had a couple questionable passes that went straight onto Devil sticks.

The Flyers now start on a five-game road trip. Hopefully, they can build momentum on the road and finally do all the good things that their statistics are telling us that they will do…eventually.

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