Flyguys Win Third Straight Against Hated Rivals in Pittsburgh

The Flyers winning streak reaches three with a 2-1 victory.

The Flyers winning streak has reached three with a crucial 2-1 victory Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh dominated the number of shots, scoring chances, and Power Plays, but it was the Flyers who came out on top of the intense intrastate rivalry, 2-1.  Brayden Schenn managed both goals as he continues his solid campaign, while Ray Emery did a nice Steve Mason impression, stopping 30 of 31 shots.  Overall, it wasn’t a pretty victory but it was a hugely important one, as the club now moves to 7-10-1 on the season after a horrific start.

Lets take a closer look at the game:

  • Ray Emery was an absolute rock.  The Mason/Emery combo may be the best the Flyers have had in a long, long time.
  • Nicklas Grossmann continues to stand out as a force on blueline.  This 6’4″ Swede hits everything, blocks a ton of shots, and is rarely out of position (although he was on Crosby’s PP tally).  One of the most underrated defensemen in the entire NHL.
  • Wayne Simmonds was the true hero on the teams first goal as he out-muscled two Pens defenders on the fore-check, before making a tape-to-tape pass to a wide-open Schenn, who roofed it over Fleury’s glove hand.
  • Despite being out-shot, the orange and black put together a pretty solid performance against a supremely talented opponent.  However, like was said before, Emery certainly bailed them out a few times.
  •  Are the Flyers back to being contenders? The team looks for its fourth straight victory Friday night in Winnipeg against an inconsistent but dangerous Jets squad.

The Flyers-Jets games always seem to high-scoring affairs, so tune in Friday night at 8 p.m. to see what promises to be an exciting match-up.

 

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