Michal Neuvirth stopped 36 shots off of 40 thrown at him from the Avalanche, but the Flyers fell 4-0 in their first home game in nearly two weeks… Colorado took an early 1-0 lead 57 seconds in the first period and then received back-to-back goals early in the second period, including their second goal just 25 seconds into the period, to make it a three-goal lead… Avs goaltender Reto Berra made 25 saves, including 11 in the third period from the Flyers, to post his second shutout of the year.
A goal similar to that of the first period, tonight’s turning point occurred just 25 seconds into the second period when the Avalanche made it a two-goal lead… Matt Duchene took a feed from Nathan MacKinnon from behind the net at close range on Neuvirth and one-timed the puck to score his fifth goal of the season… From there, Duchene recorded his sixth goal of the year just over three minutes later to put the game out of reach.
1ST - Matt Duchene: Recorded two goals in a span of 3:19 and added an assist for a three-point night… It was his second two-goal game in the last three contests - he now has goals in three straight games, finding the back of the net five times in that span.
2ND - Nick Holden: The 6’4” defenseman recorded two assists and was a +3 on the night… He has four assists in his last five games.
3RD - Reto Berra: Stopped all 25 shots he faced to post his second shutout of the season and picked up his first win since Oct. 16.
Tonight’s game marks the first time the Flyers have been shut out by the Colorado/Quebec franchise in the regular season - The only previous occasion was a 2-0 win for Quebec in Game 3 of the Preliminary Round of the 1981 Stanley Cup Playoffs… Reto Berra recorded his first career win and first career shutout against the Flyers… Claude Giroux was 60 percent (12-for-20) on faceoffs, while Sean Couturier was 67 percent (12-for-18)… Luke Schenn led all players with nine hits on the night.
“We have guys that work hard and they come to the rink every day. They are happy to, proud to be a Flyer and I think the day we are going to come together and go game in and game out and play as a team. I think we’ll get our chemistry and we’re going to start winning games.” (Claude Giroux)
“I think the first goal I gave up was a big factor. It took the momentum and they were the better team tonight.” (Michal Neuvirth)
“I felt our start was pretty ready, it was pretty prepared. We did not sustain it through the second half of the first period and the first couple minutes of the second is where the difference in hockey game was.” (Dave Hakstol)