In the preseason opener for both teams, the Flyers dropped a 3-1 decision to the New York Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night. Below are some notes to takeaway from the game:
VIGNEAULT: "I thought there was definitely a mental awareness of what they were trying to do. But, as you're trying to learn a system.... it's like driving your car. You know when to press on the brake, and when to press on the gas. System wise it's the same thing. You see what's there and you know what you've got to do. We're not quite driving the car properly yet."
* James van Riemsdyk scored the lone goal for the Flyers... Kevin Hayes' patience and heaviness on the puck and a good feed from Jakub Voracek across the James van Riemsdyk enabled the Flyers to draw even at 1-1. JVR doesn't miss many from there.
HAYES: "New teams, new players, new coaches. You can play as many games as you want in the summer and training camp, but nothing really emulates that. I think there was a total of 6 or 7 shots that actually hit the net for both teams in the first period there. That's what we figured. It's my sixth training camp here [in the NHL], and it's pretty much the same every first game."
* Brian Elliott and Semyon Varlamov started in goal for their respective teams, yielding one goal each. They were replaced midway through the second period by Alex Lyon for the Flyers and Christopher Gibson for the Islanders.Video: Hear from Hayes, Farabee, and Braun following loss
* Former Flyer, Luca Sbisa put the Islanders ahead 2-1 early in the third period, which proved to be the game winner.
* Phil Myers generated the first Flyers scoring chance, carrying the mail on the pinch and nearly scoring on a wraparound attempt... At 7:52 of the first period, Mikhail Vorobyev had a good chance from the slot.
* Both German Rubtsov and Joel Farabee showed intelligent play and smart positioning with and without the puck in the opening period, even though they didn't have much to show for it offensively. Myers was also a first-period standout for Philly and his 19-year-old partner, Egor Zamula, showed good poise.
* Not too many players want to tangle with Chris Stewart in a fight. He took exception to the high finish on the hit he took from Kyle Burroughs, dropped the gloves and pretty decisively thumped Burroughs, but Burroughs hung in there.
STEWART: "That guy caught me with my head down and laid me out as expected. Kudos to him, he answered the bell and gave me another chance to step up. I have a lot of respect for him, that's for sure."
* Philly had to kill four consecutive penalties in the second period, including a lengthy 5-on-3 disadvantage. They did just that. Hayes and Braun turned in particularly strong PK work.Video: Hear from Flyers coach following loss to NYI