Flyers 3 Stars: Flyers Drop Season Opener To Maple Leafs 3-1

To the disappointment of Flyers Nation, the Flyers lost their season opener by a score 3-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs. If you could take one thing away from that it’s this: Jonathan Bernier is freaking good. However, you can’t say that Bernier stole the game, as the Flyers were 1/7 on the power-play.  Before everybody starts freaking out about the power-play, let me say this loud and clear (well write it, you know what I mean just go along with it): that was the first game. This was the first time both power-play units played together in live game action, and against a top-tier penalty kill (ranked 2nd in PK% last season). This game wasn’t all bad, however. Here are the 3 stars of tonights performance.

3rd Star: Vincent Lecavalier

Tonight, Flyers fans saw why Vinny Lecavalier was taken 1st overall back in 1998. Especially in the 1st period, Vinny showed great vision and creativity in the offensive zone, moving the puck elegantly. A great example is his assist on Brayden Schenn’s goal late in the first period. Vinny made a play out of a simple cycle by seeing the ice better than everyone else. He sw the weak spot in the defense and attacked it.

2nd Star: Mark Streit

Another big acquisition made a big impact tonight, registering 1 assist and 22:42 TOI.  Streit did exactly what he was brought here to do: move the puck. Streit started numerous rushes with either a crisp breakout pass or taking it himself. He also showed great poise and vision in the offensive-zone. Streit is exactly what this team needed last year: a stable defenseman in his own end who can start the breakout and create offense in the other end.

1st Star: Brayden Schenn

If you read the 3 stars last year, you know I am huge supporter of fighting. It keeps and the game honest and gives the stars room to operate. In the 1st period, Leafs’ forward Joffrey Lupul gave Claude Giroux a cheap cross-check. Schenn doesn’t want anybody messing with his captain so he took matters into his own hands.  Than after the fight, Schenn came right back out and buried a goal late in the 1st. That’s a great combination. Send a message that you can’t mess my captain and then right back and show them you can’t mess with me either.

Follow Ben Palmieri on Twitter: @BPalmieriKS


Tags: , , , , , ,

Categories: Editorial, Flyers

Subscribe & Share!

Subscribe to our updates to be the first to know about breaking news, interesting opinions and more in the Philadelphia sports world.

4 Comments on “Flyers 3 Stars: Flyers Drop Season Opener To Maple Leafs 3-1”

  1. August 12, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    I wasnt sure about the team at the beginning of the season but now i’m happy with how everything went this season. In my opinion we played as well as we ranked in the end. Great article thank for the info!

  2. October 4, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe that this website needs a lot
    more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for
    the information!

    June 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find most of
    your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for.
    Would yoou offer guest writers to write content for
    yourself? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or
    elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write concerning here.
    Again, awesomme weblog!

  4. November 20, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    When i at the beginning mentioned I visited the particular “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and after that every time a shorter review is actually newly added in I obtain a handful of emails while using identical views. Perhaps there is performed way you can certainly wipe out me from this plan? Bless you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: