Flyers pass the first test with a 2-1 win in Vancouver. After grinding out a win in Edmonton on Wednesday, the Flyers were right back in action on Thursday. Vancouver supplied the opposition and Martin Jones got the start in the nets for Philadelphia.
TO THE ACTION
Jones, playing in his home city, was outstanding stopping 27 Canuck shots and was especially outstanding in the second period.
Vancouver fired 16 shots with none hitting rope.
“He was an All-Star tonight,’’ Vigneault said. “He played extremely well. He didn’t have a lot of work in the first period (only four shots), we came out with a lot of energy. In the second and third periods, there’s no doubt he was a big difference in our getting the win tonight. In our penalty killing tonight (five Vancouver power plays) he made some big saves. When we needed a save, we got a save.’
All the offense in this affair took place in just under 7:00. Sean Couturier converted a Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny set up with just :22 played. Jones started the rush with an outlet pass with the result being every Flyer on the ice handled the puck before Couturier fired a wrist shot into the top corner. It took all of 1:55 for Quinn Hughes to get it even when he pounced on the puck after it hit the post.
Philly would go on a powerplay and cashed in with James Van Riemsdyk taking advantage of Giroux and Couturier doing the grinding to end the scoring. Vancouver goalie, Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves but was especially strong in the opening stanza when the Canucks were outshot, 15-4.
One of the big questions coming into the season was the Philadelphia penalty kill. Think they have addressed it?? After 6 games, they have killed off 21 of 25 for an 84%. Former Flyer, Luke Schenn and former Canuck, Zack McEwen had a spirited set that electrified the Rogers Center crowd.
Dis and Dat
Captain Claude Giroux is quietly having a strong start. He has registered at least one point in every game and has 4 goals and 4 assists. Couturier is leading with his 3 goals and 6 helpers. The Canucks had the edge from the face-off circles, 28-23 with Bo Horvat accounting for 17 wins. Couturier had 8 wins with Giroux and Scott Laughton each securing 5. Philadelphia improves to 4-1-1 with the Canucks dropping to 3-4-1. The Flyers pass the first test of the season.