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POSTGAME 5: Rolling Right Along

Flyers continue to dominate at home with 5-1 win over Panthers

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

After a scoreless first period, the Flyers exploded for four goals in the second to take a commanding lead and eventually a 5-1 win over the visiting Florida Panthers.

Following the last few seconds of a penalty entering the second period Sean Couturier continued his hot play and got the Flyers on the board a minute into the action, while Shayne Gostisbehere tallied his first goal of the season to make it 2-0. 

After Claude Giroux put the Flyers up by three (see turning point below), they added added their fourth and final goal of the period on a nice finish from Dale Weise that began with Travis Konecny's speed, combined with an incredible pass from rookie Nolan Patrick.

Michal Neuvirth's 40-save performance was blemished only by a third-period power-play goal from Jamie McGinn before Valtteri Filppula added an empty-netter. Luongo stopped 34 of 38 shots in the loss.

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5 THINGS: Panthers vs. Flyers

The Flyers take on the Panthers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (3-2-0: 6pts) vs. Florida Panthers (2-2-0: 4pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

TIME: 7:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2016-17): 3-0-0

All-Time Record: 92gp (51-29-7-5)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 9-PTS, Voracek (9a)

FLA: 5-PTS, Huberdeau (3g-2a), Dadonov (1g-4a)

 

1. THE CARRY OVER 

The Flyers come into tonight's game riding an 8-2 win in their home opener on Saturday… Dating back to last season, the Flyers are unbeaten in regulation on home ice in their last eight games (7-0-1)… The Flyers are looking to win two straight games for the first time this season and are looking to score the game's first goal for the second consecutive game - they have won all three games this season when scoring first.

 

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PRACTICE UPDATE: Confident group ready for Panthers

Storylines to emerge from Monday's practice as Flyers continue homestand

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Flyers were back to practice on Monday after a full day off in preparation to continue their five-game homestand on Tuesday (Tickets still available, starting at $39). Next up, the Florida Panthers who are in town early coming from their last game - a 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh.

Below are some news, notes & storylines from practice:

Video: Hear from the team as they prepare for FLA

TURNING THE PAGE

Coming off a dominant, 8-2 win over the Washington Capitals, not many changes in practice as far as lines and d-pairings. What also isn't changing is the Flyers attitude heading into Tuesday's game, as opposed to Saturday's game vs. Washington after coming off a tough loss to Nashville.

"Well I think everybody in the locker room, knows that winning a game like this doesn't mean anything in a whole season," said Radko Gudas. "It's a good feeling to get the home opener like that, but there's another game on the line tomorrow. A different team, a different approach to it so we have to make sure we turn the page same as we would have lost."

There wasn't much didn't click in the win over the Caps. The most obvious being the puck went in the net… and at even strength. The power-play got on the board, even with only two opportunities, and the penalty kill was perfect for the third time in four games. 

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A Journey Four Years in the Making

Why rookie Robert Hagg is living proof the Flyers development process is paying off

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Flyers rookie defenseman Robert Hagg is only 22 years of age. He only seems older. 

This stems partially from the poise and maturity of his game and partially because his name first circulated in NHL scouting circles when he was 16. Between then and now, Hagg has taken an arduous path to the National Hockey League but is now paying dividends for the Flyers.

Placed on a blueline pairing in training camp with third-year pro Shayne Gostisbehere, Hagg ran with the opportunity in a quiet and efficient way that has continued early in the regular season. Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol has liked what he's seen from the duo so far, both individually and as a pair.

"Just a real sound player. I think he empowers his partner, in this case Ghost, to go out and do the things that he does well. I think the two of them have competed hard. I thought defensively they had a little bit of chemistry, which is really important. I like the composure of Robert's game," Hakstol said.

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5 THINGS: Capitals vs. Flyers

The Flyers are finally back home again tonight to take on the Capitals.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

Philadelphia Flyers (2-2-0: 4pts) vs. Washington Capitals (3-1-1: 7pts)

at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

TIME: 7:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2016-17): 1-2-1

All-Time Record: 211gp (111-73-19-8)

Leading Scorers: 

PHI: 6pts, Voracek (6a)

WSH: 10pts, Ovechkin (9g-1a), Backstrom (2g-8a), Kuznetsov (10a) 

 

1. ITS GOOD TO BE 

The Flyers return home to the Wells Fargo Center to open up a five-game homestand - this is just the third time in team history the Flyers open their home schedule with five consecutive games… Dating back to last season, the Flyers won six of their last seven games at home and going unbeaten in regulation in all seven games (6-0-1)… Overall, they had a 25-11-5 record at home, which was the fourth best home record in the Eastern Conference and ninth best home record in the NHL… The Flyers recorded 2.85 goals per-game at home last year, compared to 2.32 on the road, while allowing significantly less goals at home last year at 2.46, compared to 3.17 allowed on the road. 

 

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PRACTICE UPDATE: Rare Division game, power-play and more

Flyers expect wild, playoff-like atmosphere with home opener vs. Caps

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

A second full day of practice saw more battle drills, work down low and along the boards, and of course more work on special teams. For the most part lines and combinations stayed the same. 

Below are a few storylines and notes to come out of the skate in preparation for the club's home opener vs. Washington on Saturday:

Video: Giroux, Gostisbehere and Laughton after practice

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Home, Sweet Home

After sitting through three on the road, Flyers ready to experience their own home opener

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers' season-opening road trip could scarcely have ended in more controversial or frustrating fashion that the club's 6-5 regulation loss in Nashville on Tuesday. Overall, however, the Flyers showed encouraging signs as they faced four tough Western Conference opponents right off the bat. The road trip certainly would have felt more satisfying with five or six points in the bank before the home opener at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday but the team's overall performance in the four games was a step in the right direction.

Now the Flyers return home for the next five games. The team will have an opportunity to build upon things they did well - specifically outskating opponents and gaining territorial advantages for long stretches, and rolling four lines and three defense pairs without having to shorten the bench very often at five-on-five - for much of the opening road trip. There will also be ample practice time to improve on areas of early inconsistency.

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OTF: Flyers loan D Samuel Morin to Phantoms

Flyers make roster move in preparation for home opener

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today they have loaned defenseman Samuel Morin to their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

The move brings the Flyers to seven defensemen as they prepare to take on the Washington Capitals for their home opener after going 2-2-0 on their season-opening, nine-day road trip.

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POSTGAME 5: Late calls doom Flyers

Special teams, comebacks play central theme as Preds take a wild 6-5 win over Flyers

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Predators scored the first three goals... and the last three goals of the game as they pulled off an improbable comeback late in the third period to walk away with a 6-5 win over the Flyers, who ended their four-game season-opening road trip.

The Preds opened the scoring, getting out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period, but the Flyers rattled off five unanswered to grab the lead early in the third period. 

A slew of penalties called on the Flyers, all late in the game, gave Nashville a 5-on-3 which they capitalized on to tie it up with 1:17 left to play. The Flyers then used their coaches challenge to contest off-sides on the play, but the call was not overturned which resulted in another penalty and yet another 5-on-3 situation for the Flyers.

The Flyers were able to kill the first part off with three men down, but Filip Forsberg scored the Preds game winner on a 5-on-4 with 36 seconds left to seal the win. The Flyers managed to get five past Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne on 30 shots, while Brian Elliott yielded six goals on 31 shots.

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Andrea Helfrich Joins Philadelphia Flyers

Helfrich Joins Team as In-Arena and Flyers TV Host

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

The Flyers announced today that the club has hired Andrea Helfrich as its new In-Arena and Flyers TV Host. Want to learn more about her? We sat down with her to get the scoop.  

Give us a 30-second introduction of you and your background and…go!

OK! So number one. I grew up in Richboro, Pennsylvania, and I was a super active child. I grew up dancing on a competition team. I did gymnastics and also tried figure skating because I idolized Michelle Kwan when I was little, but my triple lutzes didn't really make it out of my living room. I went to Council Rock South and then went to college at West Chester University to study broadcast journalism. When I got to college I actually joined the dance team and also tried out for my first pageant, which was Miss West Chester. I won, and that gave me the little taste - I totally had the bug. I went on to win Miss Philadelphia, and that was kind of the start of my journey.

During college, I landed an internship at Fox29 which eventually evolved into a little bit of on-camera work. I used what I did on-camera at Fox as my very first reel and got a job at Fox40 as a dayside reporter in upstate New York right after graduation. 

Wow, that's a lot longer than 30 seconds, huh? Okay, so after Fox40, I moved to Miami, Florida to host a travel show, and then started really getting into the music and entertainment world. I did Epic EDM, a popular YouTube channel, and then started hosting ULTRA, which is the biggest electronic music festival in the world. I've been traveling with ULTRA across 22 countries, interviewing huge DJ's and hosting behind-the-scenes and travel segments ever since.

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