Friday, February 12, 2016

For Flyers (1-0-1), a good start

ST. LOUIS _ Considering they played the first two games without their defensive anchor, Chris Pronger, the Flyers should be pleased to get off to a 1-0-1 start, including Saturday's gut-wrenching 2-1 OT loss in St. Louis.

For Flyers (1-0-1), a good start

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    ST. LOUIS _ Considering they played the first two games without their defensive anchor, Chris Pronger, the Flyers should be pleased to get off to a 1-0-1 start, including Saturday's gut-wrenching 2-1 OT loss in St. Louis.

    It was gut-wrenching because, 17 seconds before defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo's winning goal, Flyers center Danny Briere fired a shot that beat goalie Jaroslav Halak, but hit the crossbar.

   Brian Boucher (23 saves) was terrific, giving the Flyers consecutive strong efforts by their goalies. Rookie Sergei "Bob" Bobrovsky was solid in Thursday's impressive 3-2 win in Pittsburgh.

  One area of concern for the Flyers: A lack of discipline. They gave the Blues 10 power plays Saturday _ the most by a Flyers opponent since 2008. Making matters worse, a handful of the late penalties were when the Flyers were in the offensive zone. 

   On the positive side, the Flyers killed nine of 10 penalties, with Blair Betts and Darroll Powe excelling in shorthanded situations.

   Another positive: Left winger James van Riemsdyk played a career-high 21:13 and he has raised his level of play in the first two games.

   The Flyers play their home opener Monday against Colorado, and there are 300 tickets available. 

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