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game notes by Joe Bogle

Saturday, November 09, 2013 --

Something has to give right? 

Prior to the game, the Flyers had beaten Edmonton once since the 2001-2002 season. Putting together a record of 1-7-1 since the start of that year.

1st Period Thoughts:

The Flyers look much better offensively when they play the worst defense in the NHL. These Oilers remind me of their mid '80s selves, except, ya know, not eight goals a game (All offense and no D) 

After a 20-minute frame, Philly leads in shots, 13-10. Impressively, our guys committed no penalties. I noticed a lot of uncharacteristic giveaways from Vinny Lecavalier. It must be due to the bubble shield over his face, which, no doubt, cuts down on his vision on the ice. His success at the faceoff circle is a dismal two for six. A bad period for Lecavalier possessively. 

I love how calm Steve Mason is in the net. He controls his rebounds, and is very good at handling the puck. He’s obviously the Flyers MVP so far -- not many candidates for that category, though.

Rosehill's still worthless.... even though, ya know....

Hartnell's hair has moved from his head to his face, and the puck moved from his stick to the back of the net. His second of the season, and hopefully Scotty regains his dominance from the slot. 

2nd Period Thoughts:

If Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish is here looking for a defenseman, he might love what he sees out of Braydon Coburn today. An active stick on D, good outlet passes. (Coburn for Eberle straight up! Ok, maybe not). Coburn leads the team in ice time with 16:16. Almost a two- full minutes more than the next closest, Timonen. 

The Oilers PP goal was the first the Flyers have given up in thirteen straight PK's.

3rd Period Thoughts:

He had been close all game but finally (FINALLY)  the Captain with a laser top corner, ends his drought. 

When the Oilers were showing signs of life, the Flyers fought back and held on. Remember all that gibberish about Vinny's bubble shield screening his vision? Apparently his vision had no qualms upper-decking a bad angle power play puck, fed off the blade of Brayden Schenn who's owed all the props for his prior puck battle.


Post-Game Thoughts:

In Berube's press conference, Chief said "[Giroux's] effort has been great. Doesn't matter who you are, it's good to get that first one. I'd go 40 games between goals, sometimes longer." Berube also mentioned how he hopes it's a step in the "right direction." 

A nice win against a bad team, but sometimes a layup is what a Club needs to get its head back in the game. Our next tilt is Tuesday against Ottawa on the road... a beatable team, but we know how that poem goes. Let's hope the Flyers can build off this win today and push momentum through the coming week. 

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