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
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.