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Welcome to the Flyers weekly review, a new feature here on Pattison Ave. Every Sunday we will look back at the week that was for the Philadelphia Flyers. Last week saw the Flyers play four games, all on the road and after losses in Vancouver and Edmonton, the Orange and Black managed a point in an overtime loss in Calgary and in the their best performance in awhile, they shut out the Winnipeg Jets to close out the week. Let’s take a closer look at these games.
NOVEMBER 2, 2015- Canucks 4-Flyers 1 Game recap video: NHL.com
Vancouver jumped out early with a Jannik Hansen goal just 1:08 into the game. The Flyers would tie it up in the second period on a Claude Giroux tally but Bo Horvath would break the deadlock with his second goal of the season at the 10:10 mark. The Canucks would cement their lead with rookie Jake Virtanen’s first NHL to make it 3-1. An empty net goal would responsible for the final 4-1 score. Steve Mason took the loss, making 30 saves. The loss extended the Flyers losing streak to four straight games.
NOVEMBER 3, 2015- Oilers 4, Flyers 2 Game recap video: NHL.com
The Flyers came out flat and were bombarded by the Oilers in the first period, getting outshot 19-2. If it wasn’t for Michal Neuvirth standing on his head, the 1-0 deficient surely would have been greater. The second period was better as the Flyers managed to to score twice on goals by Ryan White and Scott Laughton to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. The big news in the second period however was the injury to star rookie Conner McDavid late in that period. Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning were both in pursuit of McDavid when they all lost their edges and crashed into the boards hard. McDavid was slow to get up but was able to skate to the bench. X-rays later showed a broken collarbone for McDavid, putting him out of action for “months” according to Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. In the third the Oilers scored twice in the span of 1:27 to take the lead for good. Another empty net goal set the final margin at 4-2. Neuvirth was huge in the loss, making 45 saves to keep the Flyers in the game. The Flyers losing streak was extended to five games.
NOVEMBER 5, 2015- Flames 2, Flyers 1 (OT) Game recap video: NHL.com
With Steve Mason out with the flu, Michal Neuvirth started his second straight game and was able to help the Flyer get a tough road point. Michael Raffl scored the lone Flyers goal in the loss, which was the sixth straight defeat for the Flyers. The effort was better and the Flyers had one more game on the road trip to get a win.
NOVEMBER 7, 2015- Flyers 3, Jets 0 Game recap video: NHL.com
The Orange and Black finally put together a 60 minute effort and got the shutout in Winnipeg. The power play got going early with Brayden Schenn scoring a power play goal at 5:54 of the first period. The penalty kill got the job done with a perfect night going 5 for 5 and Michal Neuvirth got his third win of the season and his third shutout as well on 28 saves.Wayne Simmonds added another power play goal to make it 2-0. Matt Read added an empty net goal. The Flyers losing streak ended at six games and now they have gotten 3 points in the last two games.
So, what started as a rough road trip has ended on a positive note. It is still early in the season and Dave Hakstol is still getting his read on the roster and the system they are playing. This team has a ways to go, but if they are able to give 60 minutes every night, this could be a good rebuilding season for the Flyers.