Flyers win Berube’s debut

Peter Laviolette is out as Flyers head coach and has been replaced by assistant Craig Berube, above. Credit: Rikard Larma/METRO
Peter Laviolette is out as Flyers head coach and has been replaced by assistant Craig Berube, above. Credit: Rikard Larma/METRO

 

Flyers beat Panthers under new coach

 

Maybe this would’ve happened anyway had Peter Laviolette still been behind the Flyers bench rather than Craig Berube. We’ll never know.

After all, the Flyers were due and the Florida Panthers had the worst record in the league last season and are still considered among the weakest teams in the NHL.

So don’t read too much into Tuesday night’s 2-1 Flyers win, especially since for the better part of the night the Flyers were outplayed. Thanks to a couple of soft goals given up by usual-Flyers nemesis Tim Thomas in the first eight minutes — before he left for the night with an injury — coupled with spectacular net-minding by Steve Mason, the Berube era is off to a good start.

“At times we played great, but there are still some things to improve on,” said Berube, as the Flyers avoided their first 0-4 start in team history. “It’s a learning thing and we’ve got a ways to go. You could see the players were squeezing their sticks, bearing down trying to score. But overall we had a great effort. But this is just one win and there’s plenty of games left in the season.”

Presumably, somewhere along the way, the Flyers will look more effective than they have so far this season. The attack still seems sporadic, with both Brayden Schenn and defemseman Braydon Coburn’s goals 2:42 coming with Thomas out of position.

Meanwhile, captain Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, Max Talbot and Matt Read have yet to register a single point. But, thanks to strong penalty killing and Mason in net, they’re finally off the schneid.

“We saw that at the end of last year and he’s been playing great so far this year,” said Schenn, who leads the Flyers with two goals. “He made some key saves in there. It could have been a different hockey game if he didn’t have the game that he had.”

The 25-year-old Mason turned aside 33 shots, including a second-period, short-handed breakaway, to preserve the win.

“Part of the position is coming up big on key opportunities,” said Mason, who has started three of the four games with Ray Emery starting the other. “At the end of the first period there were a couple saves there that needed to be made in order to preserve the lead.

“Moving forward it’s something to build off. Right now there’s going to be a learning curve just because of the new things that Chief [Berube] is putting in. It’s a new system and things aren’t going to be coming easy right away. So it was something I was prepared for.”

In other words, the Craig Berube Flyers won’t be built in a day. For one night they could finally leave the rink happy heading home.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Police officer killed Sunday morning Bronx crash, 8…

One NYPD police officer was killed and eight other officers were injured early Sunday morning when the van they were traveling in crashed  in the…

National

Pennsylvania police shooter manhunt near home of suspect's…

A police manhunt intensified on Friday for the gunman who killed an officer and wounded another in an ambush at a Pennsylvania police barracks a week ago.

Local

MAP: New York City street closures, September 19,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on September 19, 20 and 21. There will be many streets and…

Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Books

From blacklisted to celebrated: Banned Books Week

Let f 'read'dom ring! Banned Books Week is upon us again. How are you celebrating it?

Movies

Stream This: James McAvoy is a giddy deviant…

In "Filth," James McAvoy turns what could be a bleak slog into a giddy rush, while David Lynch's "The Elephant Man" goes live on streaming.

Music

Photos: What went down backstage at the iHeartRadio…

See photos and get the gossip from the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 6, 'Start…

The sixth episode of "The Knick" brings some bombshells but is mostly dedicated to isolated and usually fun one-off scenes.

NFL

Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.

NFL

Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.

NFL

Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.

MLB

Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.

Parenting

How motherhood inspired Bethenny Frankel's new book

Bethenny Frankel's new children's book is about how her daughter and dog didn't always get alone.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…