Coming into this season many wondered how long it would take for the team to gel and get their chemistry going, if these past 3 games are any indication, team chemistry won't be a problem for the Flyers. Going up against the Vancouver Canucks, last year's West Champs, many thought of this as the Flyers first true test. Once again the Flyers proved they're contenders. The game started with a lucky break for the Flyers, Chris Pronger fired the puck in and it took a strange bounce right to the tape of Claude Giroux who netted his 3rd goal in 3 games. Pronger was apart of the second goal as well, getting the pass from Giroux and one timing it by Roberto Luongo to put the Flyers up 2-0. The Nucks would cut the lead to 1 on a Mikael Samuelsson powerplay goal. The Flyers answered quickly with a goal by James Van Riemsdyk. Henrik Sedin made it 3-2 in the second, then Jakub Voracek answered and made it 4-2 Flyers. The Nucks powerful offense then got control of the game, Chris Higgins and Daniel Sedin both scored and the Nucks tied it up. Andrej Meszaros would give the Flyers the lead back in the 3rd and they wouldn't look back, hanging on to edge Vancouver.
One thing that plauged the team last year was bad penalties, in this game, bad penalties almost cost the Flyers the game. Late in the game the Flyers took penalty after penalty and it seemed like for the last 5-7 minutes of the game, Vancouver was on the powerplay. The PK stepped up huge though against one of the best powerplay teams in the NHL by killing off the last 4 penalties. The powerplay for the Flyers was like the first two games, looking good at times, and looking dreadful at times. But neverthless, they did notch two goals on the PP and that's a definite positive.
On Saturday the Flyers welcome back the man who was one of the faces of the franchise since the lockout ended, Mike Richards. Not only is Richie coming back, but two more former Flyers are playing in this game as well. Simon Gagne and Justin Williams. Now obviously those two playing in this game aren't as big as Richie. Those two have already made their fist returns to Philly. As a Richards fan myself, hopefully we'll see a big ovation for our former captain. LET'S GO FLYERS!