Flyers drop opener to Leafs

Steve Mason, Flyers goalie
Steve Mason was the eighth different goalie in the past 11 seasons for the Flyers.

 

Flyers draw on positives after loss

 

Take heart those looking for omens on a night the Flyers dominated play the first two periods, before stumbling down the stretch of a 3-1 opening night loss Wednesday night to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Only once before did the Orange and Black open the season vs. the Leafs: October 11, 1973.  That, of course, was the season they went on to win their first Stanley Cup.

Unlike that 2-0 win behind Bernie Parent, Steve Mason, a bit of a surprise choice in goal over Ray Emery, couldn’t finish off what seemed sure to be a successful debut.

After Brayden Schenn converted Vinny Lecavalier’s perfect centering pass for a power-play goal with just :07 left in the first, the Flyers seemed to be in command.

But that turned out to be it, as Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier, whom the Flyers had interest in before he was acquired from the Kings in the offseason, foiled six other Flyers power plays and a Wayne Simmonds penalty shot.

“I thought we had a lot of opportunities to put the game away,” said Lecavalier, as the Flyers out-shot the Leafs, 32-25. “We moved the puck around pretty well and had some great chances. If we’d gone up 2-0 it might have been a different game. But when you can’t score, you can’t score.”

Indeed, despite moving the puck well with the man-advantage and for the most part doing a good job clearing it out of their own end, the Flyers came up empty. Meanwhile, the Leafs took control when Phil Kessel banged home a rebound to tie it late in the second.

And, after Simmonds’ penalty shot in the waning seconds of the period went awry, the Leafs cashed in on the first of Dave Bolland’s goals early in the third — the other coming in the closing seconds when the short-handed Flyers were desperately trying to get the equalizer.

“Sometimes you get caught in those games where you feel like you are out-chancing them,” said Schenn, who found himself on the No. 1 line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell. “The goalie played well, but we just have to find a way to finish when you are getting those chances.”

Aside from the score, Peter Laviolette liked much of what he saw.

“Offensively, that’s the best we’ve looked in a while,” said Laviolette, whose club now heads to Montreal and Carolina over the weekend, before taking on Florida back here Tuesday, “but at the end of the day you’ve got to score more than one goal to win a game.”

“We had a lot of chances, but there were plenty of missed shots and shots that they had blocked. We threw about 75 attempts at net tonight with 32 shots on net… you’d like to come away with more than one goal.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Police seek man accidentally released a year early…

Cops are keeping an eye out for a Bronx man who was reportedly let out of Rikers Island a year before his released date.

National

Pioneers for domestic violence push on

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. Two decades have passed since the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the country. But in the 20 years…

Local

Newest java joint in bastion of hipness is…

Little may represent the change the neighborhood is undergoing right now like the arrival of the first Starbucks. The chain which is ubiquitous in Manhattan, opened a Williamsburg store at…

National

Black and white are the new orange at…

By Brendan O'Brien(Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail…

Music

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks more accessible than Animal…

Believe it or not, Avey Tare — the man in the mustachioed mask pictured here in the pool of blood — may have made the poppiest music of his career.

Entertainment

‘The Leftovers’ recap: Season 1, Episode 4, ‘B.J.…

Last week’s episode of “The Leftovers” was apparently a fluke, because this week’s episode returns to focusing on the Garveys and it is so boring.…

Movies

Interview: Luc Besson says 'Lucy' is very different…

Filmmaker Luc Besson talks about his new film "Lucy," how it's different than "Limitless" and his crazy first conversation with Egyptian actor Amr Waked.

Music

Weezer releases first new song since 2010

Weezer releases "Back to the Shack," their first new song in almost six years.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

MLB

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report

NFL

Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony talks about his charity work in…

As he is used to doing every year, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is going to visit Puerto Rico to do work for his foundation.

Tech

RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."

Tech

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…

Tech

Ulises 1 is the world's first singing satellite

A group of artists and engineers in Mexico have unveiled Ulises 1, the world's first opera-singing satellite.

Home

Wallscape on a budget

Skip the wallpaper and ombre an accent wall instead.