The Flyers started this week with a couple injuries and an exciting win over one of the top teams in the NHL, but they used up all their luck on one game and as the week went on, things only got worse.
Sunday, January 11, 2015: Phantoms win fourth straight game.
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The Phantoms have been enjoying some success lately, winning their fourth straight game on Sunday when they beat down St. John’s Ice Caps 6-2. Nick Cousins had a 3 point game that included a goal and two assists all in the first period. Oliver Laurdisen also notched his first “Gordie Howe hat trick”.
The Phantoms have gone undefeated in 2015 and are climbing up the ranks of the Eastern conference after an 8-2-2 record in their last 12 games.
Monday, January 12, 2015: Flyers steamroll the Lightning 7-3.
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In the matinee game against the Bruins on Saturday, Steve Mason was injured kicking out his pad to make a potential save. Rob Zepp was brought up for Monday’s game against the Lightning to fill in for Mason and got his 2nd NHL start over Ray Emery. It was also Zepp’s first home game and home win.
Zepp made 21 saves in the Flyers dominating 7-3 win over the Lightning and started a goalie controversy. Fans have started to believe that the Flyers organization has lost faith in Emery and may be looking to sell him now that they have Zepp.
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The Flyers lost another defenseman when Braydon Coburn blocked a shot with the side of his foot during the game against the Lightning. Coburn suffered the “lower-body injury” late in the first period and never came back to the game. On Tuesday the Flyers announced that Coburn would be out for at least four weeks. It’s believed that the shot broke his foot, or at least fractured it.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015: Coburn out Colaiacovo in.
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With Braydon Coburn’s absence, Carlo Colaiacovo finally got an opportunity to get back in the lineup after 26 games sitting as a healthy scratch. Colaiacovo played his first game back on Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.
“Emotions can’t even describe how I feel right now,” Colaiacovo said after practice. “I’m just real looking forward to getting back in there. … I’ve practiced real hard. I’ve kept myself in good shape in the tough time that it’s been.” Quote from Randy Miller’s nj.com article. In the five games that Colaiacovo did play, he had two assists and was plus 2.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015: Flyers lose to Capitals by 1.
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The Flyers had a frustrating loss to the Capitals on Wednesday night, allowing only one goal, but being shut out. After the 1st period, the Flyers mostly outplayed the Capitals to no avail. The one goal loss ruined Rob Zepp’s so far undefeated record in the NHL making his record now 2-1. In the last minute and a half, with Zepp pulled, the Flyers had their best chances to force the game into overtime, but missed out on every one. The worst was Lecavalier missing basically an open net.
The Flyers suffered more loss when Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen caught Scott Laughton with his head down in the neutral zone and laid him out. Laughton left the game and didn’t return. He’s now listed as “day-to-day” with an upper body injury and didn’t play against the Canucks.
Thursday, January 15, 2015: Flyers shutout again.
Zac Rinaldo returned to the lineup for the Flyers second game in a back to back, and logged more ice time than 1st liners Giroux and Voracek for some reason, but all the heart Rinaldo could possibly give couldn’t help the Flyers beat the Vancouver Canucks. The Flyers lost to the Canucks 4-0 getting shut out for the 2nd of two games in two nights. Ray Emery started in net instead of Rob Zepp and let in 3 goals on 12 shots; he was pulled early in the 2nd period. Rob Zepp relieved Emery and the Flyers started his night by giving up a horrible turnover that resulted in a breakaway and a goal just seconds after Zepp got into the net.
The crowd booed and booed after every period, but the Flyers game just seemed to get worse as the 1st and 2nd periods went on, eventually evening out enough to hold the Canucks to 4 goals, but not enough to ruin Ryan Miller’s shut out. Look at that picture, that sums up the fans’ enthusiasm through the whole stadium.