Hockey has long been known as a sport of breaks, both good and bad. The Philadelphia Flyers experienced the bad last night against the Carolina Hurricanes in yet another game that they needed to have. The Flyers dominated large portions of the game and generally had the puck against a solid even strength team in the Hurricanes. It was Carolina, however, who was opportunistic enough to capitalize on their chances and at times, were lucky enough to have them as the Flyers had that much of a stranglehold on the game.The Flyers received one goal in the losing cause from Scott Laughton (5th). Laughton has been playing on left wing since rejoining the lineup and is starting to produce as his line with fellow rookie Nick Cousins and Matt Read were arguably the Flyers best line last night. They cycled the puck, got on the fore-check, and sustained offensive zone time almost every shift they took. Not all that dissimilar from Brayden Schenn’s situation, Laughton long-term may find himself a spot on the Flyers as a winger as he tends to be able to see the ice better on the left side as oppose to being lamented with more defensive responsibility as a center. It will be an interested thing to watch as the season progresses.
Losing goaltender Michal Neuvirth was not bad in the loss, stopping 15 of 18 shots fired his way. Neuvirth played decently but made a serious blunder that may have allowed the Hurricanes back in the game. During the second period, Neuvirth came out behind his net to play a puck and ended up having quite the lapse in judgment as he then blindly threw the puck to an uncontested Joakim Nordstrom. Nordstorm then fired the puck into the empty net as Neuvy went scurrying back into the net as the goal tied the game. The loss was Neuvirth’s 7th of the season.
There’s really not much else to say about this one, folks; the Flyers were just simply unlucky Tuesday night. Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward played an excellent game in goal, stopping 37 shots for the Canes in the win as well and certainly was the deciding factor in the game. Games like this are the reason why it’s important to get out there and start winning games from the get-go; far too often over the duration of the last few seasons, the Flyers squander away points against teams that should have or could have beaten.
It’s imperative that one wins those games because there’s no guarantee that the puck will bounce your way on a given night. Ultimately, the game of hockey is one of breaks and sometimes, the breaks just don’t go your way, even when you play well enough for them to.