Philadelphia Flyers weekend recap
After the Flyers lost 3-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their home opener on Wednesday night, the team took a couple of days to prepare for their two road games over the weekend. First, they traveled to the Bell Centre, in Montreal, to face the Canadiens for their Saturday game.
Brian Gionta gave the Canadiens a one goal lead in first period. Neither team scored in the second, but the third period was all Montreal as Lars Eller scored just 12 seconds into the period to make the score 2-0. Brendan Gallagher and Rene Bourque each scored on the power play, Bourque’s goal came with 57 seconds remaining. Center Vincent LeCavalier scored the only Flyers goal on the power play, but Philadelphia lost 4-1 to drop to 0-2.
Ray Emery started in net for the Flyers, stopping 30 shots while allowing all four of Montreal’s goals. On the other end of the ice, Carey Price stopped 22 of 23 shots for the Canadiens. Montreal dominated Philadelphia in the third period, outshooting the Flyers 16-8 while scoring three goals.
Philadelphia traveled to the PNC Arena, in Raleigh, NC on Sunday to take on the Carolina Hurricanes in what would be their first game against their new divisional opponent.
Before the season started, the NHL formatted the league so that there would be two divisions in each conference. The Flyers are now in the Metropolitan Division along with the previous Atlantic Division teams including the Hurricanes, the Washington Capitals, and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Hurricanes got on the board first as Jay Harrison scored at the 8:11 mark of the first period. Just over three minutes into the second, Philadelphia tied the score as defenseman Luke Schenn recorded his first of the season with a perfect screen by Max Talbot. Minutes later, Radek Dvorak scored for Carolina in what proved to be the game winning goal.
Philadelphia lost their third straight game, 2-1. The Hurricanes outshot the Flyers 34-18, but goalie Steve Mason had a solid game between the pipes as he stopped 32 shots. Meanwhile, Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin stopped 17 of the 18 shots that he faced to get the win.
This was the final game that Peter Laviolette coached for the Flyers as he was fired on Monday at 9:55 pm. Assistant coach Craig Berube will take his place as the interim head coach as they get ready to host the Florida Panthers at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.