RALEIGH, N.C. - Last night, the Flyers (1-0-0) got the exact start they were looking for – opening up the new season on the road in Raleigh with a 2-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Here were last night’s three stars:
1. Ray Emery: Emery was perfect, stopping all 28 Hurricane shots on goal. But he was also lucky. Quite a few Carolina shots flew wide and another – with less than 7 minutes to play – bounced off of defenseman Chris Pronger and hit the post. Emery, though, made the key saves late when called upon, especially with traffic in front of the net.
2. Flyers’ penalty kill: The Flyers took a few undisciplined penalties last night. Dan Carcillo took 3 penalties, one of which was a fight. Coach John Stevens held him accountable for his actions, in an attempt to crack down on the penalties and send a message to the team. In all, they were sent to the box 8 times. That’s too many. But the newly minted penalty kill bailed them out each time.
3. Flyers’ power play: If it wasn’t for a perfect effort from the Flyers’ penalty kill and Ray Emery, the power play would have been the story. Simply put, the Flyers’ power play was putrid in the preseason. But they went 2-for-5 last night, accounting for the Flyers’ only two goals. Jeff Carter and Mike Richards’ tallies within 22 seconds of each other were the difference.
But enough about last night. The Flyers are back at it tonight in Newark, N.J., to take on the Devils. It is only the fourth time in Flyers’ history that they begin the season with games on back-to-back nights.
Coach John Stevens didn’t make any changes to the lineup or the lines, so here are the lines for tonight:
Scratched: Cote, Asham . (Both healthy)
Tonight is the Flyers’ first of six meetings with the Devils this year. It is also the Devils’ first game of the year.
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In Saturday’s paper, we broke down last night’s game in detail and also took a closer look at the penalty kill and other tidbits in the notebook.