Mason Steals One For the Chief
PHILADELPHIA -- Adjustments to the new system need to be made but the Flyers pulled off the win for Craig Berube in his NHL coaching debut.
The Flyers held onto a 2-1 victory over the Panthers thanks to a fantastic effort from netminder Steve Mason. Mason stopped 33 shots in the win, which was Philadelphia's first of the season.
Berube, who also made an impressive debut in his first press conference, was blunt about the impact of the win.
"It’s over, we’re worried about practice and improving," Berube said after the game. "This is just one win and there’s plenty of games left in the season and we need to focus on winning all the games we can the rest of the season."
Berube's first coaching decision of the day was to put Mason in net over Ray Emery.
His decision proved to be the right one as Mason was nearly flawless in the Flyers' win. In fact, the only goal Mason allowed was off of a bad bounce and not a testament of his play all game.
Mason said that confidence in him to be the starter means a lot to him.
"If you’re going in there that means the coach has confidence and to get the back-to-back starts and be able to finally get the first one out of the way is definitely nice," Mason said "But at the same time it’s just one game out of the whole schedule so it’s something to build off of, but it’s a small thing in a big picture, you know?"
Just 4 minutes, 49 seconds into the game, Brayden Schenn scored his second goal of the season off a whacky bounce.
Jakub Voracek sent the puck into the zone but the puck took a weird hop off the boards behind Panthers goalie Tim Thomas. The puck bounced out to the slot and Schenn put it into the open net to make it a 1-0 game.
The Flyers kept up the early pressure and were able to get to Thomas again.
Braydon Coburn scored under three minutes later, beating an out-of-position Thomas to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. Thomas pulled himself with an apparent injury and did not return to the game.
"It’s good. The only way to chip in is to get there," Coburn said.
Late in the second period, the Panthers finally got through to Mason on their 25th shot.
Brian Campbell fired a shot on net that bounced off of Flyers defender Luke Schenn and to an open Brad Boyes. Mason, who was playing the initial shot, was out of position due to the deflection and was beat easily by Boyes.
The Panthers kept pressing at that point, and eventually had a big opportunity to tie the game up in the third period.
After a mini scrum between Zac Rinaldo and Jonathan Huberdeau, Jay Rosehill came in and escalated the scrum, earning himself a four-minute double minor and putting the Flyers in a hole with under three minutes into the third.
The Flyers killed off the penalty with ease, holding the Panthers to just one shot while blocking five during that stretch.
"I thought it was good," Coburn said. "The guys are getting on the same page and Mason was making some big saves when we need it. That’s been our strong point for us right now."
Berube was asked after the game if there would be any punishment towards Rosehill for the play. Berube, who felt the second penalty was a mental error on Rosehill's part, wanted to know how the reporter wanted him to punish the enforcer.
"Do you want me to spank him? Get lost."
It's going to be an interesting season if Berube, a "no BS guy" according to general manager Paul Holmgren, has answers like that.
-The Flyers went 0-for-5 on the power play. They are now 2-for-19 on the season, a dismal 10.5% success rate.
-Brayden Schenn (goal) and Vincent Lecavalier (assist) each have three points on the season, which is tied for the team lead.
-Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier got on the scoresheet finally with assists on Schenn's and Coburn's goals respectively. Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell still don't have a point.