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Welcome to the Flyers weekly review, when we look back on the week that was for the Philadelphia Flyers. They had a busy week with four games, taking on the Canes, Isles, Preds and Rangers. Let’s look back and see how they did.
November 23, 2015- Flyers 3- Canes 2 (OT)
The Orange and Black came out fast jumping out to a 2-0 lead with a power play by Brayden Schenn and a shorthanded goal by Claude Giroux in the second period. The Hurricanes came back in the third period with two goals by Victor Rask and Brett Pesce. A Rask holding the stick penalty on Sean Couturier early in the overtime set the stage for the 4 on 3 power play. Shayne Gotisbehere scored on a one timer to seal the win and send the home crowd happy. This theme would repeat itself later this week.
November 25,2015- Islanders 3, Flyers 1
The Flyers first regular season trip to the Barclay Center did not end the way they would have wanted. Philly started out well, getting a Claude Giroux power play goal, his 8th of the season to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. The Islanders would tie it at 19:02 on a short handed marker by Casey Cizikas, setup by Cal Clutterbuck. A Kyle Okposo goal in the second period broke the tie and game New York the lead for good. Frans Nielsen would ice the game at 18:51 of the third period with his 9th goal of the season. The Flyers only managed 19 shots and where outplayed most of the game after a strong first period. They would look to rebound back home on Friday.
November 27,2015- Flyers 3, Predators 2 (OT)
The annual Black Friday matinee started off badly for the Flyers, with Filip Forsberg scoring 1:44 in the the first period. Michael Del Zotto would tie it at the four minute mark with his first goal of the season. The second period would see no goals scored and the tie would be broken in the third on a goal by recent call up Colin McDonald, his first in the NHL.The Preds would continue to pressure and would tie the game late with Pekka Rinne on the bench for the extra attacker. Mike Fisher would bang the puck past Michal Neuvirth to send the game to overtime and set the stage for more heroics from Shayne Gotisbehere. A too many men on the ice penalty would setup the Flyers on another 4 on 3 and just like against Carolina, Claude Giroux setup Gostisbehere in the slot with a one timer and he buried it top corner, giving the Flyguys another big win.
November 28, 2015-Flyers 3, Rangers 0
Game recap- NHL.com
Wayne Simmonds and the Flyers played their best game in Madison Square Garden in a long time, shutting out the Rangers 3-0. Steve Mason got the shutout, making 24 saves and Simmonds had 2 goals. Sean Couturier also scored for the Flyers, who have won two games in a row and three out of four. They sit at 9-10-5 for 23 points on the season and sit at sixth in the Metro division. The Flyers have three games next week, two on the road with the Sens and Devils and a home tilt against the Blue Jackets.
Overall, it was a good week for the Flyers and hopefully they can build on this success and move up in the standings. The addition of Evgeny Medvedev back into the lineup and the continued development of Shayne Gotisbehere have helped the blue line become a strength for this team and have helped jump start the offense as well.