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3 Things I Learned From the Flyers’ Opening Day Loss Against the Penguins

The Philadelphia Flyers struggled to put the puck in the net against the Penguins on Saturday, falling 3-1. The Flyers had plenty of chances in the last 30 minutes but simply could not capitalize and tie things up.

Here are three things I learned from Philadelphia’s loss:

1. They Need to Execute on the Power-Play

The Flyers powerplay woes stretch back to before this season and last season. There is too much holding the puck and not shooting it. They try to force the puck where it can’t go. Jakub Voracek was the main culprit of forcing the puck. He attempted multiple cross-ice passes to Claude Giroux that ended up as breakaways for the Penguins.

2. Ilya Bryzgalov Looks Good

Bryz stopped all 16 shots he faced in the last two periods.

Last season Ilya Bryzgalv started off strong, so it may be too early to get excited. As long as the Flyers block shots, play well in front of him, and stay healthy, Brygalov should be the elite goalie they’ve needed for far too long.

3. Flyers Need to Start Stronger

The Flyers had a shaky first period and were outplayed by Pittsburgh. They weren’t doing well in the dot which led to the Penguins taking a 2-0 lead. The Flyers played as well as or better than the Penguins in the 2nd and 3rd, but just weren’t able to get the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury.

Despite a loss they didn’t play an overall bad game and appear to be primed for a successful season.

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Categories: Editorial, Flyers

Author:Daniel Blanchard

4 for 4 Philly sports fan.

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