The Flyers Week in Review. Your source for news, information and opinions about all things Orange and Black during the 2016-17 season.
Philadelphia Flyers 2016-17 season:
Games – 5/Wins – 2/Losses – 2/OT Losses – 1/Points – 5
Each week during the Philadelphia Flyers season we will be giving you a brief game-by-game summary from the previous week, as well offering some newsy notes and commentary. This week we also are including two games from the previous week.
- Friday, 10/14, @ LA – WIN The Flyers began their epic 50th anniversary season at the Staples Center. (Wait, where?) Sean Couturier erupted with two goals in the second period, leading to a 4-2 Flyers victory over the Kings. Rookie Travis Konecny chipped in with two assists in his NHL debut.
- Saturday 10/15, @ Arizona – OT LOSS Battling back from a 3-1 deficit, the Flyers tied the Coyotes with goals from Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read. But then Oliver Edman-Larsson (who last year set an NHL record for defensemen with 8 game-winning goals) scored in overtime for an Arizona win.
- Tuesday, 10/18, @ Chicago – LOSS After fighting back from a 4-0 deficit, the Orange and Black tied it up, only to go on to lose 7-4. Lowlights included some very sloppy defensive play as well as the Blackhawk’s Marian Hossa scoring his 500th career goal.
- Thursday, 10/20, Anaheim – LOSS The Duck’s Ryan Garrett spoiled the Flyer’s homecoming party with a third period goal. Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds scored for Philadelphia in the losing effort.
- Saturday, 10/22, Carolina – WIN The Flyers battled back from a 2-0 deficit to earn their first home victory of the season, 6-3 over the Hurricanes. Jake Voracek led the way with two goals and an assist, and Shayne Gostisbehere chipped in a goal and two assists.
Of Note This Past Week
- As of now it could be said that this team gets behind more than a proctologist at a free clinic. The good news is that the Flyers are showing us something we haven’t seen much of in recent years- a balanced scoring attack, some real firepower, and the ability to fight back from early deficits. In their first five games they have scored no less than 19 goals. At this same point in the season last year the had scored only 8.
- Last Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center as the Flyers began 50th season, they paid a stirring tribute to their late founder and chairman Ed Snider by raising a banner that honored him. There was not a dry eye in the house.
- The biggest surprise so far- Matt Read is hotter than that scorching Pumpkin Spice Latte you just picked up at WaWa. He is currently tied for second place in the NHL with 5 goals, and is playing with great confidence.
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The Flyers have another busy week with five games in seven nights. (I’ll never understand the logic of the NHL schedule makers). The highlight of the schedule – Pittsburgh comes to town Saturday night. This game should be the toughest yet for Philadelphia, and could prove to be a good indicator of just where the Flyers are right now.