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.