Slowly but surely the Flyers are starting to improve with a 5-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators last night. This is only the second time the Flyers have strung together two victories in a row this season and just the third time they have scored more than two goals in a game, but things are looking up. Steve Mason was fantastic for the Flyers last night, saving all 24 shots that came his way for his 20th career shutout and the team’s first shutout of the season.
Craig Anderson was clearly rusty for the Senators after missing over a week with a neck injury. Although he stopped 26 shots, the Fly Guys were able to score five goals against him. Matt Read started things off for Philly in the first period by cleaning up after Steve Downie (who was returning from a concussion) and getting the wrap-around goal past Anderson for his fourth goal this season. The second period belonged to Vorachek who was playing with Hartnell and Giroux again. He also used the wrap-around to put the Flyers up 2-0 and then followed that up with a power play goal about ten minutes later. In the third period, Lecavalier continued to play well this season adding another tally for Philly. And to top it all off, Brayden Schenn hit another power play goal in the third period for a final score of 5-0.
Even with the win, the Flyers still have much room for improvement. Chemistry throughout the lines is still being worked out as players get shifted around, and both the offense and defense have room to improve. Matt Read attributed the Flyers’ success last night to going “back to the basics.” He said, “The first month we tried to do things when we didn’t have then, and now we’re just keeping things simple by getting pucks deep and getting pucks out when we have to and winning puck battles along the boards.” That is exactly what the Flyers need right now. They can not make things complicated but instead should focus on the little things, build their confidence, and work their way to a winning record.
The Flyers look to continue their winning streak tonight against the Penguins at 8 pm. Look for Mason to have momentum coming into the game, and Lecavalier to continue his dominant, spectacular play this season.