Episode 3 of Behind the Glass on NHL Network takes a look at the Flyers trip to Europe, leading up the regular season opener in Prague against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Video: Flyers eye regular season action on Behind the Glass
1. "Being away, it's not too fun to think about but we're going there to win a hockey game."
In the first segment of the episode, Flyers captain Claude Giroux discussed balancing first-time fatherhood with the demands of his hockey career. He admitted that it was a little tough emotionally to go on an extended road trip overseason and to be a way from newborn son Gavin and wife Ryanne. However, Giroux also said that parenthood has added a bit of all-new perspective on the game, and that he's been having fun in camp.
Video: Claude and Ryanne Giroux on their family
2. "You gotta earn it, kid! You gotta [bleeping] earn it!"
Veteran Flyers PTO forward chirps on the bench during the Flyers North American preseason finale against the New York Rangers. The game turns out be an excellent goaltending duel between youngster Carter Hart and veteran Henrik Lundqvist, with the Flyers getting the better of overall play, but falling via shootout to drop to 1-2-3 on the preseason.
Video: Listen in to Hayes as the Flyers take on the Rangers
3. "You accumulate more and more things you think you need on the road."
James van Riemsdyk compares how lightly he used to pack for road trips as a young player in the early 2000s to all of the items he typically takes along now that he is in his early 30s. Most of the extras he packs are devices and gadgets designed to promote faster healing of minor nagging injuries and between-game recoveries. As any player gets older, the body takes a little more time and more work to recover.
In terms of wardobe for travel, JVR says he is bringing an extra suit due to the length of the two-city trip. He adds with a grin, "We've got a lot of subpar dressers on this team."
He also discusses how he feels that the trip to Switzerland and Prague will be good for team bonding.
Video: Take a trip into JVR's home
4. "You guys need to be more demanding on your game."
Speaking to the team at practice in Lausanne, one day before the team faces off with Swiss National League team Lausanne HC, Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault tells the team that they've dressed better lineups than their opponents have iced in most every preseason game to date, but only have one win to show for it. Each of the last three games have gone significantly better than a home debacle against a Boston B-lineup but various factors -- primarily an abundance of prime chances, but a lack of finish -- have added only one win, an overtime loss and a shootout loss to the ledger.
Video: Vigneault meets coaches before facing Lausanne HC
5. "If we start the season 3-0, no one is going to remember the preseason."
The preseason concludes with the Flyers not coming out to ready to play against a fired-up underdog Lausanne team that is eager to compete for its home crowd at its brand-new arena. The Flyers fall into a 3-0 hole in the first period and then 4-0 early in the second. Carter Hart, who had been brilliant in practice and every preseason game leading up to this one, is strafed for four goals and pulled after he deficit grows to four goals.
The Flyers subsequently wake up and throw waves of pressure at the Swiss team, especially in the third period. However, a comeback bid falls a goal short and Philly suffers an embarrassing regulation loss to end the preseason at 1-3-3.
Video: Flyers adjust strategies during intermission
Addressing the media after the game, Flyers right winger Jakub Voracek notes that it's too late to do anything about the last game or the preseason record but the proper response is to come out ready for the opener and beyond. He opines that the preseason record will quickly fade from memory if the team gets off to a strong start when the games start to count.
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