Comeback falls short
The Philadelphia Flyers capitalized on the energy of their season opener Wednesday as a bounce off the end boards landed in the slot right directly in front of Claude Giroux during the first period, giving the home team their spark on the way to a 5-4 Flyers win.
Roberto Luongo and the visiting Vancouver Canucks had a slow start to the game with four minor penalties in the opening frame, but managed to band together to tie the game late behind a stellar offensive effort from the Canucks’ top line.
61 seconds after Daniel Sedin made James Van Riemsdyk pay for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the third Andrej Meszaros flew into the Canucks’ zone and broke the short lived tie for one last time.
The Wells Fargo faithful got their money’s worth Wednesday in a game that featured the speed and skill of little genius Claude Giroux at one end and the fascinating passing of the Sedin twins at the other for all three periods of play.
It was a rough night for the goaltenders, not that either backstop had an overly regrettable performance Wednesday in a game where both defences appeared to be out of sync at times.
Following a four-goal first period in Philly the Canucks have now allowed the first tally in all three contests to start the season and have been outscored 6-3 in the opening frame.
The positive side of the team’s slow starts has come in the resiliency shown by the Canucks in the later stages of the game. With a shootout loss to the Penguins and a photo-finish in Philadelphia the Canucks have reason to touchdown in Detroit with confidence.
If the visiting team can win the first period Thursday the rest should come simply.
After a terrible first period Alain Vigneault chose to roll multiple line combinations throughout the latter half of the game to find a spark in his team.