The Flyers entered tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks on a four-game losing streak after losing 5-4 in OT against the Calgary Flames a couple of days ago.
The Flyers lack of secondary scoring being a big part of their current coldstreak. Hakstol decided before tonights game to mix the lines by putting Nolan Patrick, Jordan Weal and Wayne Simmonds as a line to try and create more offensively. Michal Neuvirth made his first start in goal since 4th of october.
Flyers passing was pretty sloppy in the start of the first period but it improved after the first 5 minutes. Shayne Gostisbehere was close scoring the games first goal when his shot hit the crossbar. A few minutes later Ivan Provorovs shot went of a Canucks defender and beat Markström in goal.
Just a minute later the Canucks would respond on a breakaway goal by Daniel Sedin. The initial shot went of the post but after hitting Neuvirth it went into the back of the net.
19 seconds later the Canucks would get another odd man chance. Brock Boeser made no mistake and beat Neuvirth for a 2-1 lead.
Flyers specialteams have struggled as of late and tonight was no different. Canucks scored two powerplay goals to increase their lead to 4-1 heading into the third.
Konecny had a chance to get Flyers back into the game on a breakaway but he was denied by Markström.
After Canucks 4-1 goal Hakstol decided to put Elliott in. Neuvirth saved 18 out of 22 shots before being relieved.
Elliotts first big save was on a Louie Eriksson breakaway where he saved it off his glove and afterwards hit the bar and out.
Flyers struggled to create any chanced in the first 10 minutes of the third period but finally broke through on a Voracek slapshot.
After the Voracek goal Flyers found some energy but they never really got any close to scoring another goal. Most of their attempts were from the perimiter. Brian Elliott looked great in his short time in the game and will get the start tomorrow against the Islanders. Louie Eriksson scored the final goal of the game in the open net with just a couple of seconds left of the game.
Stars of the game
Brock Boeser – Boeser scored twice for the Canucks and was easily the best forward on the ice tonight.
Jacob Markström – Saved some quality scoring chances to keep Canucks in the lead. Saved a crucial breakaway attempt from Konecny
Daniel Sedin – Scored a goal and assisted to another one. Daniel Sedin might not be what he used to be but he was solid for the Canucks tonight.
Flyers play New York Islanders tomorrow at 7:00PM ET