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In a spirited contest against one of the few undefeated team in the NHL, the Flyers get edged by the Canadiens 3-1 for their third regulation loss of the season. Despite missing five players, the Flyers competed hard Monday night, but an ill-timed penalty late in the final period buried the team. Philadelphia will look to right themselves quickly as they return home Tuesday night to host the Buffalo Sabres.
The Flyers lone goal was scored by Jake Voracek (3) in the team’s sixth game of the season. Claude Giroux and Brandon Manning picked up assists on the play, but ultimately I think the Flyers can take away a lot of good things from their game tonight. The team had stretches where they carried play, but also moments where they were caught running around in their own end. The redesigned Canadiens, if nothing else, are a much tougher team to play against than they have been in previous years so it was imperative that the Flyers match their intensity. For most of the game they did just that, despite the end result.
Losing goaltender Steve Mason turned in his most impressive start of the season as he stopped 30 of 32 shots fired his way. Mason matched Carey Price save-for-save throughout the night and made a number of difficult saves. The 28-year-old net minder was tested with scoring chances both right on the doorstep and from long range, stopping the majority of them. With two strong starts in a row, Mason has begun to reestablish himself as the team’s number 1 goaltender again.
Here’s the game’s final thought:
Final Thought: Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux carrying the mail again
For myriad of different reasons, Jake Voracek and Claude Giroux both turned in uncharacteristically low point totals a season ago. This season, however, both are off to strong starts. Voracek has been the team’s best player in most of the games this season and Giroux continues to facilitate offense with his impressive vision. It’s obviously important that the Flyers continue to get that production for their top offensive weapons, but if both remain healthy, there’s no reason both players can’t be point-per-game players once again.