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The Flyers ability to kill penalties has been cited as one of the main reasons for their solid start. Of course, it’s doubly important for the Flyers to be good on the penalty kill because they’re so often penalized…
The Flyers aren’t just killing off penalties, they’re scoring on the penalty kill. The team seems to attribute their knack for scoring short handed to assistant coach Craig Berube.
"Chief (Berube) gives us free reign to go up ice when we want to," said captain Mike Richards, who leads all NHL players in shorthanded goals during the past four years with 20. "(Giroux) is a very smart player when he wants to jump and he sees the ice so well. I think we catch a lot of teams complacent. We watch video on teams every morning and we try to make sure to look at their breakout and learn what their tendencies are and exploit that a little bit. In games, if we can create one or two opportunities, they could count."
Peter Laviolette echoed Richard’s assessment.
"There’s been a lot of opportunities," Peter Laviolette said. "I know we’ve talked a lot about looking for a break up ice or in zone, players are doing an excellent job, but Craig Berube is tremendous at getting the point across of what we need to do each night. His guidance and instruction and the players’ execution has been excellent."
The Chief certainly spent plenty of time in his playing days in the penalty box watching his team kill off a penalty... maybe that's how he got so adept at picking apart a power play...
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Jeff Carter scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner late in the third period, as Philadelphia held off Colorado, 4-2, on a night that saw the Flyers raise their 2009-10 Eastern Conference champions banner at the Wells Fargo Center.
Sergei Bobrovsky, making his second career start, turned aside 25-of-27 shots for the Flyers, who started a season-long five-game homestand on Monday. Bobrovsky won his NHL debut versus the Penguins last Thursday.
Craig Anderson stopped 34-of-37 shots in defeat.
With the score tied at two late in the third period, the Flyers went ahead on Carter’s goal with 2:38 remaining. Mike Richards took a pass in the slot from James van Riemsdyk, who was along the right boards. Richards quickly passed to Carter, whose shot from the left circle beat Anderson for a 3-2 edge.
Powe added an empty-net goal with 1:11 left to seal the victory.
Giroux’s short-handed goal put the Flyers on the board at the 12:13 mark of the first period. Richards stole the puck from a Colorado player along the left boards. He then slid a pass to a wide open Giroux, who made a nice move before backhanding the disc into the back of the net.
Philadelphia built a 2-0 lead on Carter’s goal with 2:27 remaining. After stealing the puck away from Colorado’s David Jones at the blue line, Carter made his way down the ice on a breakaway. He completed the play with a nice backhander past Anderson.
The Avalanche cut their deficit to 2-1 at the 9:03 mark of the second frame. Yip’s shot beat Bobrovsky after the Flyers turned the puck over in their own zone.
Hejduk tied things up 32 seconds into the third period. His wrister from the left circle snuck past Bobrovsky.
This was the first time these teams have met since November 23, 2009, a 5-4 Avalanche win in Denver…Colorado’s Adam Foote is the second-highest scoring defenseman in franchise history with 252 points. He needs just one more point to tie the franchise record for scoring by a defenseman held by Sandis Ozolinsh…The Avalanche started a five-game road trip on Monday…Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger played for the first time this season following offseason knee surgery…Richards had two assists.
While the Flyers will raise their Eastern Conference Championship banner above the Wells Fargo Center ice tonight, Sergei Bobrovsky will be preparing to beat the Avalanche.
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(Sports Network) - After splitting two games on the road to begin the season, the Philadelphia Flyers start up a season-long five-game homestand this evening against the Colorado Avalanche at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers, who will raise their Eastern Conference champions banner before the game, opened their season last Thursday with a 3-2 victory at Pittsburgh before falling 2-1 in overtime on Saturday in St. Louis. Danny Briere scored for the second time in as many games to tie the contest in the third period, then nearly won it in overtime.
In his first start of the season, Boucher ended with 23 saves. It is unknown if Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette will stick with Boucher tonight or go with Sergei Bobrovsky, who beat the Penguins in his NHL debut.
"I would have liked to win, I always do," said Boucher. "I don't think I can sit here and critique my game that much to the point where I feel like I cost the game. I felt strong and that I played well enough to win, but it just didn't happen."
Boucher has never beaten the Avalanche, going 0-6-0 with a pair of ties and 2.97 goals-against average in nine games, including six starts.
Philadelphia went 0-for-5 on the power play versus the Blues while also facing 10 short-handed situations. St. Louis' regulation goal came on the man advantage.
Defenseman Chris Pronger missed his second game for the Flyers as he continues to recover from offseason knee surgery. He is questionable to return tonight.
The Avalanche would probably rather see Pronger miss another game tonight as they look to build off of their season-opening 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup-champion Blackhawks. Paul Stastny scored in regulation and later netted the game-winning goal 3:40 into overtime.
"It's good to start the season with a win," said Stastny. "We had to create our own chances and we wanted to get the victory."
Craig Anderson allowed three goals on 38 shots in the win. He is 3-1-0 with a 2.73 GAA in four career games versus the Flyers, while Stastny has three goals and four assists in four career games against them.
Briere has three goals and four assists over his last four games versus the Avalanche, including two tallies and a pair of assists in last year's 5-4 setback in Colorado on Nov. 23.
That victory was the sixth by the Avs in their last seven games against the Flyers. Colorado has also won three of the last four played in Philadelphia.