Flyers withstand Canucks 2-1; Martin Jones saves the day
On the second half of a back-to-back, the Flyers took on the Vancouver Canucks and gritted out a 2-1 victory. Patrick Brown made his Flyers debut on the fourth line, and backup Martin Jones got the start and shined. The Flyers have now secured 4 of a possible 4 points on this road trip thus far.
The Flyers’ starting lineup:
Flyers line rushes @ Canucks— Olivia Reiner (@ReinerOlivia) October 29, 2021
NAK the odd man out.
22 seconds into the game Travis Konecny fed Sean Couturier for a snipe to break the ice immediately. This goal shows you that everything is clicking for the Flyers right now, and the first line continues their impressive start to the season.
COOTS. pic.twitter.com/1EM15HhCRU— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) October 29, 2021
Vancouver responded quickly off a fortunate shot from Quinn Hughes found its way past Jones. You have to give the Flyers credit, a goal like that could have easily stunted the momentum. But the Flyers kept control of the play and we’re able to draw a penalty to go on the powerplay.
Off the faceoff Giroux and Couturier executed the bank pass play they used to tie the game in the previous matchup. Giroux banks it, Couturier tips it out in front, and it’s a yawning net for James Van Riemsdyk to easily collect his first goal of the season.
There’s no doubt that the Flyers dominated this period and were driving play more effectively than Vancouver. The Canucks were outshot 15-4 and didn’t register a shot in the last 11 minutes of the period.
The first line stayed on fire to start the second and barely missed a tip chance by Couturier from Giroux. Both teams were beginning to lay the body and it resulted in Zack MacEwen fighting former Flyer Luke Schenn in a spirited fight; which was awesome.
MacEwen throwing hands pic.twitter.com/Kgsj8hTEYu— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) October 29, 2021
At one point Vancouver outshot the Flyers 13-3 in the period and it seemed like the tables were going to turn, but Martin Jones was phenomenal. Jones remained solid throughout multiple penalty kills and led the Flyers out of the storm keeping the lead in tact.
I’m not sure if it was the fatigue of playing the previous night, but the Flyers pace slowed down mightily as the second ticked on. They went on the powerplay at the tail end of the period and weren’t able to convert.
Inconsistent refereeing reared its ugly head once more with random penalties being called at will. Thankfully the Flyers penalty kill units rose to the occasion and were able to stave off the Canucks powerplay every time.
The biggest in particular being the Canucks powerplay with 1:20 left and the goaltender pulled. Giroux and Sanheim hustled to get a couple clears that helped bleed the clock down, and the Flyers were doing anything to survive the two-man advantage.
Martin Jones made a huge save on a Brock Boeser one-timer off the mask and that was game saver. Jones finished the game saving 27 of 28 shots and put together another clutch win.
MARTIN JONES— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) October 29, 2021
- Claude Giroux now has 8 points in 6 games and for the first time in his career has recorded a point in each of the first six games of the season.
- Martin Jones is without a doubt the story of this game stopping 27 of 28 and rising to 2-0 on the year.
- Sanheim-Ristolainen pair has their best game of the season so far and Ristolainen had ton of plays where his physicality made the difference.
- Couturier seems to be heating up, he had himself a great game.
- I know the referees weren’t good, but the constant penalties need to stop. We are making these games much closer than they should be.
- Zack MacEwen throwing hands in his return to Vancouver was sick; especially against Luke Schenn
- What’s up with Ellis?
Next Up: Saturday @ Calgary (10PM/NBCSP+)
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Flyers