Well, the wait is finally over and the Flyers’ regular season is officially in full swing. Unfortunately, the Flyers could not get their first win as members of the Metropolitan Division tonight. After getting their only win in the preseason against Toronto, the Flyers lost tonight 3-1.
The first thing I looked for was who was starting in the Flyers’ net. Steve Mason got the start, which was expected, but I will be interested to see whether his performance tonight will pave the way for Emery to get some starts sooner rather than later. Also notable was healthy scratch, Scott Laughton, who was the Flyers’ first round pick two years ago. I thought he would get a shot on the ice tonight, but he may be sent back to the Canadian leagues for now.
The Flyers took a total of 32 shots, compared to the Leafs’ 25 shots, but just could not find the back of the net tonight. Brayden Schenn got the Flyers’ only goal of the night with 6.9 second left in the first period. Schenn’s goal was assisted by Lecavalier and Streit, the Flyers’ two major off-season acquisitions. The Maple Leafs came back with a goal in the second period, and then two more goals from Bolland in the third period, ultimately leading them to victory. The Flyers scored only one goal in seven power plays tonight, but they did put some pressure on Toronto when the black-and-orange had the man-advantage.
Despite the loss tonight, the Read, Lecavalier, and Simmonds line played pretty great, and I am excited to see more from that line throughout the season. It seems as though Lecavalier is fitting right into the team, and I hope he will continue to lead the team. Simmonds on the other hand had a somewhat disappointing night, especially with his blocked penalty shot after getting slashed by Ranger.
The Maple Leafs are now 2-0 for the season, while the Flyers start the season with a loss. The two teams will not face each other again until March 8th but the Flyers will be back in action this Saturday, October 5th when they face the Canadiens at 7 pm.