Friday, December 26, 2014

Wildness at the Wachovia Center as Flyers go to 3-0

Seventy-seven shots, 11 goals, an NHL-record-tying performance by Matt Carle and, thanks to Mike Richards, the first Flyers hat trick in a home opener in the franchise's 42-year history.

Wildness at the Wachovia Center as Flyers go to 3-0

     Seventy-seven shots, 11 goals, an NHL-record-tying performance by Matt Carle and, thanks to Mike Richards, the first Flyers hat trick in a home opener in the franchise's 42-year history.

     Yep, just another typical night at the Wachovia Center, where the Flyers outlasted the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, 6-5, in an OT thriller that was played at a frenzied pace.

    Carle tied an NHL record for a defesemen by collecting four assists in one period (the second), while Richards notched all three of his goals in that same 20-minute session _ and managed to overshadow Alex Ovechkin (two goals), Alexander Semin (two goals) and Nicklas Backstrom (three assists).

    “We don’t want to get involved in a track meet with the Pittsburghs and the Washingtons of the world," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "I think we’re built just a little bit differently, but we do have an exciting offensive team and I think you saw that tonight. But we’re going to be a little bit different in hopefully shutting the game down a little bit more. Ovechkin, Semin – that’s one of the best offensive lines in the league. But having said that, you look at our top two lines and you throw a guy like [Claude] Giroux in there, James [van Riemsdyk] is a young kid but he’s got a lot of offensive ability, and the ability of our back end to move the puck, and we have pretty good depth in our offense throughout our lineup.”

 

    The Flyers are 3-0 for the first time since 1998.

    All the news wasn't good. Center Blair Betts, a valuable penalty killer, suffered a dislocated right shoulder and will be sidelined at least four weeks. Van Riemsdyk played just two shifts after getting run into the boards in the second period; he will be checked for a possible concussion Wednesday. 

    Notes. The Flyers were 3 for 9 on the power play; Washington was 1 for 5.....Carle has six points in three games......Washington's Mike Green (28:23) and the Flyers' Chris Pronger (27:44) played the most minutes. Pronger had four giveaways, one that led to a Caps goal...Kimmo Timonen had a goal and two asists and played a game-high 33 shifts. Braydon Coburn also played 33 shifts.....On Thursday, the Flyers play host to the Penguins, the team that has eliminated them from the playoffs the last two years.

 

 

Sam Carchidi Inquirer Staff Writer
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