The Flyers ended last week on a 2 game losing streak being shut out in both games. This week was more of an emotional roller coaster offering more glimpses of hope for this team and then reminders of why we’re so frustrated with them in the first place.
Saturday January 17, 2015: Flyers keep from being shut out for a 3rd straight game.
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The Flyers handed the Sabres their 10th straight loss at the same time breaking a 2 game goalless streak. All-Star surprise story, Zemgus Girgensons, gave buffalo an early lead and then cut the Flyers 4-2 lead down to one goal later in the game. Luckily the Flyers were able to just barely outplay the Sabres and tease fans with a win. In a rare occurrence, the Flyers found success in their special teams, scoring half their goals on the power play.
Monday January 19, 2015: Flyers lose matinee game against the Islanders.
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The Flyers special teams didn’t do so great against the top of the League, New York Islanders. They went 1 for 3 on the power play and allowed a short handed goal in their 7-4 loss. The matinee game was the last game the Flyers would ever play at Nassau Colisseum.
The Flyers defense was weakened even more against the Islanders; after the game it was announced that both Nick Schultz and Carlo Colaiacovo suffered lower body injuries. Colaiacovo would be questionable for the next night’s game against the Penguins. In anticipation of both defensemen being unable to play the enxt night, the Flyers called up LV Phantoms defensemen Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen.
Tuesday January 20, 2015: Another installment in “The Battle of Pennsylvania”.
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It doesn’t matter what the Penguins do, it doesn’t matter how low in the standings the Flyers are, the Flyers will always come out on top against the Penguins. This Penguins game was riddled with fights and bad hits and mad Pens fans talking out of their asses. The Penguins brought up an AHL goon to try to rough up some Flyers players which didn’t work out because Pierre-Edouard Bellmare absolutely wrecked him. Among other fighters were Luke Schenn, Jake Voracek and Michael Raffl. Zac Rinaldo put the Flyers in a bit of a tough position in the 1st period with a pretty dirty hit on Penguins defender Kris Letang that earned him an in-person meeting with NHL Player safety which means a potential 6 or more game suspension. The immediate effect was a 5 minute power play for the Penguins that carried into the beginning of the 2nd period. Amazingly enough the Flyers penalty kill went 6 for 6 allowing no Penguin power play goals. The icing on the cake was Claude Giroux’s overtime winner with a little over a minute left in the OT.
There’s just way too much to say about this game, if possible go and watch the whole thing, several times. You won’t regret it.
January 20-21, 2015: The Phantoms hit the halfway point on a cold streak.
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After last week’s 4 game winning streak, the Phantoms seem to have hit a rut going 1-2 over the weekend. The Phantoms had 3 games in 3 days over the weekend which seemed to have severely fatigued the team. It also didn’t help that their power play was ice cold through the weekend going 1-20 over the 3 games. They’re now in 3rd place in the East Division behind Hershey Bears and the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.