Not the start to the 2013-14 season the Flyers were hoping for. There weren’t many positives to draw on from the club’s 4-1 loss in Montreal on Saturday night. They didn’t get a lot of great scoring chances, not to mention had trouble generating much in the way of a sustained attack at all or even moving the puck cleanly for that matter.
Basically, this was a continuation of the opener last Wednesday. The Bullies have been taking it on the chin ever since their dominant first period in game one against Toronto. Philadelphia is in the hole quickly—already 0-2 on the season—and now faces a long trip down the coast to Carolina for the second half of a back-to-back.
But getting back to the loss to the Canadiens, it was a marquee matchup of sorts with Danny Briere getting his first crack at the franchise that bought out his contract back in June. Briere spent six seasons with the Flyers, authoring numerous clutch performances in Orange & Black, but this time he was on the opposite bench wearing red and blue.
As you might imagine, Danny was pretty pumped up about the victory.
Briere on 4-1 W over ex-teammates:"This was for bragging rights.I got them tonight, but I know there will be other games down the road."
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) October 6, 2013
Mr. ‘I got them tonight’ failed to register a shot on goal and won 3-of-10 faceoffs in slightly less than 14 minutes of ice time. In fact, Briere’s biggest contributions to the contest were probably his two minor penalties—not that the Flyers were able to convert on either of them. Briere’s team won the game though, so to victor goes the spoils I suppose.
As for the Flyers, Vincent Lecavalier scored his first goal in Orange & Black, and Ray Emery got the start in net, doing an admirable job in a hostile environment until the game began to unravel in the third period. It wasn’t enough to keep the Flyers from being serenaded off the ice by feisty Montreal fans though, much less get Philly in the win column for the first time this season.
Notes: Jakub Voracek rejoined Claude Giroux on the top line. Earlier, head coach Peter Laviolette explained the decision to mix it up in the opener on Wednesday.