By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers start off a difficult March schedule versus the Carolina Hurricanes. They look continue their push to the playoffs as they face a metro rival looking to make a last-ditch effort to squeak into the playoffs.
First period: The Flyers took a penalty almost right out of the gate as Leier went to the box for high-sticking. One second after the penalty expired, Williams buried a puck that snuck through Mrazek’s pads. The Flyers woke up after the Canes goal and got some quality chances from Gudas and Hagg, but ultimately failed to even the score before the period ended.
Second period: the second period open the same as the first, with a high-stick call. This time it was against the Hurricanes, but the Flyers failed to capitalize. Skinner and Konecny went to the box for concurrent penalties and the Canes were able to take advantage of the four-on-four hockey as Teravainen scored off of a great pass from Aho. Williams would strike again as he deflected a point shot from Staal. The Flyers were booed off the ice after a lifeless period of hockey.
Third period: Konecny quickly got the Flyers off on the right foot as he scored just 1:20 into the period. that was all the Flyers could muster as they failed to score again, and Aho would add onto the beat down as he put a laser past Mrazek late in the period.
Takeaways: Well the flyers were due for a game like this, but that doesn’t excuse the lack of effort overall from the team. except for the second half of the frist period and early in the third period, it was a lackluster effort and as always the usual suspects were Mannind and the Filppula line.
Three stars of the game:
3) Cam Ward
2) Sebastian Aho
1) Justin Williams
CAR: Williams (Slavin, Skinner)
CAR: Teravainen (Aho, Faulk)
CAR: Williams (Staal, Pesce)
PHI: Konecny (Couturier, Giroux)
CAR: Aho (Williams)
photo credit: insidehockey.com