Flyers coach Craig Berube talked about creating traffic in front of the net and getting point shots through.
That’s exactly what happened in the third period as Wayne Simmonds caused havoc in the crease in front of Rangers goalie Cam Talbot and Braydon Coburn scored from the point to break a 1-1 tie.
When you’re playing an opponent that is missing four key players and things are so bad in goal they have to start a rookie in his NHL debut, you should score maybe three or four goals.
Not the Flyers.
They had to settle for a pair during their 2-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Center that snapped their four-game losing skid.
The gang that couldn’t shoot straight hit the right post twice in the second period. Kimmo Timonen shot from the point and Luke Schenn had one up close.
The Flyers were once again brutal on the power play. They even squandered a five-minute power play that stretched from the end of the second period into the third. In all, they had four shots on that power play but couldn’t score. The Flyers' power play is now one for its last 25.
Matt Read came into the game without a single point through seven games. He ended that drought in the first period with a shorthanded goal when Rangers center Derrick Brassard turned the puck over at the blue line.
“At the blue line I made a decision … went five-hole,” said Read, who scored on Cam Talbot when Read played for Bemidji State and Talbot played for Alabama-Huntsville back in 2009. The two played 13 times against each other in college with Read scoring 12 goals.
That would best describe Brad Richards' fifth goal of the season in the final 1:04 of the first period that left a bitter taste in fans’ mouths. The Flyers were ahead 1-0 when Richards put a tough-angle shot on net that went off Braydon Coburn’s knee, short side on goalie Steve Mason. Coburn was kicking at the puck.
Rangers winger Benoit Pouliot was tossed from the game in the second period after receiving a five-minute major for boarding. Max Talbot slipped near the Rangers' bench as Pouliot then pushed him face-first into the bench. Talbot was visibly stunned, bloodied at the mouth and couldn’t stand. He had to helped off the ice to the dressing room. Twice in the corridor, he was wobbly on his feet. Pouliot is facing a suspension. Incredibly, Talbot returned to play in the third period, apparently, unconcussed.
Derek Dorsett won a decision over Zac Rinaldo in the first period. What happened here is that Rinaldo, who lays people out with clean, hard checks, missed a big one on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Dorsett wanted him to know that wasn’t OK.
Wayne Simmonds got the best of Brandon Mashinter in the second period, while Dorsett earned a 10-minute misconduct, essentially for trying to fight anything that moved on the ice.
J.T. Miller’s power-play goal in the third period was overturned on video review for kicking the puck into the net. That would have tied the game at 2-2.
For the Flyers, it was winger Jay Rosehill and defensemen Andrej Meszaros and Hall Gill.
Max Talbot (stitches to the face).
LOS ANGELES -- Goalie Jonathan Quick has returned to the Los Angeles Kings after injuring his groin in the first period of the season opener.
Quick led the Kings during warmups before Saturday's game against the Anaheim Ducks.
The two-time Stanley Cup winner missed 59 games with the injury, which occurred Oct. 12 against San Jose. He has been skating with the Kings for several weeks, but he didn't make any rehabilitation starts in the minors.
The Kings only announced his return by activating him from injured reserve 40 minutes before the opening faceoff.
Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012 when the eighth-seeded Kings steamrolled the competition on their way to the franchise's first Stanley Cup title.
When healthy, Quick has been the Kings' starting goalie since December 2008.
Ducks: Vermette's 10-game suspension upheld
NEW YORK -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 10-game suspension assessed to Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette.
Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso's legs after losing a faceoff to Minnesota's Mikko Koivu during the third period of the Ducks' 1-0 win on Feb. 14. Vermette had a hearing with Bettman on Thursday after appealing the initial suspension.
Bettman announced Saturday that the 10-game ban would remain; Vermette has served four games already.
Vermette will lose $97,222 in salary.
The normally mild-mannered Vermette appeared to act out of frustration when Alphonso dropped the puck before the forward had put his stick in place on the ice. Officials immediately assessed a game misconduct to Vermette.
PITTSBURGH -- For Flyers coach Dave Hakstol and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, tonight’s Stadium Series game between the Flyers and Penguins brings back memories.
Hakstol coached North Dakota in an outdoor hockey in college, while Gostisbehere participated in one as a freshman at Union College.
For Hakstol, however, this whole idea of outdoor hockey began when he was growing up in central Alberta in the small town of Drayton Valley.
“I think everybody’s got great memories of growing up outdoors,” Hakstol said. “We had a back creek that we could shovel off. I’m sure everybody could sit back and tell you stories of playing on the outdoor rinks.
“For me, most recently, I’ve got two kids growing up playing on outdoor rinks, backyard rinks. It’s pretty cool. It takes you right back to the heart of the game.”
Hakstol’s outdoor coaching experience came during a game between Nebraska-Omaha and his North Dakota squad in 2013 at the “Mutual of Omaha Battles on Ice.”
“I don’t know how to describe it,” Hakstol said of the event. “It’s just a different feel. It’s an ideal scenario.”
He said while tonight's game is special, it’s still about the points, first and foremost.
“You are cognizant of everything that surrounds the event and the game,” Hakstol said. “Yet for us, it’s two points. We’re fighting for every point here. That is going to paramount.”
Gostisbehere played at Fenway Park in 2012 for Union in a game against Harvard. That night, Union won, 2-0, to become the first ECAC club to ever win outdoors.
“I played at Fenway Park against Harvard and it was fun,” Gostisbehere said. “That was my freshman year and the only one I ever played in.
“Good crowd. It wasn’t packed obviously, but it was a night game. The ice was really good. It was really cold, too. It was pretty cool.”
As warm as it was Friday here -- a historic 78 degrees -- temperatures will begin in the 40s tonight at Heinz Field and then drop. It rained this morning but has since ceased.
“The biggest thing for me was to take a second, look around,” Gostisbehere said, admitting he failed to do that in college and won’t make that mistake again.
“Just cherish it a little bit. You are so focused on the game, it’s tough. That was biggest thing for me. It was such a blur. Just being in college and having the opportunity to play at Fenway Park was pretty awesome.”
This will the Flyers first-ever outdoor affair in Pittsburgh.
“It’s pretty exciting and I’m glad to be part of it,” Gostisbehere said.