Growing Pains For the Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers faced the Ottawa Senators for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday. Philadelphia Flyers are looking to carry over some of the positive momentum from Thursday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Flyers won 4-2 with Travis Konecny’s goals.

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However, the Ottawa Senators are looking to bounce back from a 5-3 loss they took down in Raleigh, North Carolina from the Hurricanes. This would be their home opener, and they’re not looking to disappoint their fans, and they didn’t by any scratch.

Veterans With Something To Prove

The Philadelphia Flyers would quickly find themselves in a hole to start this game. Jakob Chychrun would get to wide-open looks and make the Flyer’s young defense pay the piper for it. Jakob Chychrun would record back-to-back goals. Former Flyer Zack MacEwen looking to make an impression for his new team. He finds Jakob Chychrun open between both faceoff circles, and that’s where Jakob Chychrun would get his first goal.

Sean Couturier would get called for the boarding call, which gave the Ottawa Senators. Senators pick up free agent, veteran former Stanley Cup champion Vladimir Tarasenko during the offseason. You can see why he was brought into this team during this powerplay, not just for leadership but for facilitating and scoring. With the Flyer’s defense keeping their eyes on Tarasenko, he makes a smooth pass to his right side and gives the puck to Jakob Chychrun, who was left all alone and makes a nice goal.

Ottawa Senators finished in the top ten in powerplay goals last year, looking to build off that as Tyson Forster gets called for slashing. Vladimir Tarasenko would again make an assist to one of his teammates, but this time, it was to Jake Sanderson just when the Flyers were looking to make this a game. That’s when the Senators kept on bringing pain and punishment to the Orange and black. Claude Giroux strips the puck from Travis Sanheim and makes a pass to Brady Tkachuk. Tkachuk makes a goal at the end of the 2nd period with only 6 seconds left. Then, at the end of the third period, Brady Tkachuk would find himself in front of Carter Hart to get the rebound and score the goal.

Missed Opportunity

The Flyers did not have a good day at the office. The Flyers went 1 for 6 on power plays. They weren’t able to get any creative goals going. The Flyers were missing opportunities. The problem was not just they couldn’t find the back of the net. They couldn’t make completed passes, either.

The team hurt themselves from the jump when they went into the plenty box within 5 minutes of each other. Going against veterans Vladimir Tarasenko and Claude Giroux, they could sniff what the Flyers offense wanted to do with the puck. This is one of the growing pains that come with a young core mix with few veteran players. The Flyer’s defense got a taste of a top-echelon power-play team.

The Flyers need to take this as a bump in the road on their way back to Philly and get ready for another tough task, as another former Flyer will be coming into town. Rick Tocchet will be coaching the Vancouver Canucks to take on the Flyers. I’m thinking the Flyers will feast with all the energy going around South Philly. They are looking to make an impression with their fan base.

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Pat Bernard
Pat Bernard

Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a  for 6 Philly sports fan.  Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge).  Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.