The Philadelphia Flyers lost 2-0 on the road to the Minnesota Wild tonight at Xcel Energy Center. After coming off wins in back to back games Friday and Saturday night, the Flyers came into Minnesota with a .500 record and a great deal of confidence. That confidence did not translate into any sort of offense tonight, as goalie Josh Harding and the Wild shut down the Flyers. Harding stopped 21 Philadelphia shots, and the Flyers were shut out for the third time this season. Ray Emery gave up two goals to the Wild this evening, stopping 19 of 21 shots in a decent performance. Emery was beaten twice in just 57 seconds and takes the loss. Vinny Lecavalier was inactive in tonight's game due to pre-game back spasms.
The game was scoreless through two periods, and both teams played a very even game through the first two frames. It was a very physical game, and featured an entertaining Mike Rupp-Jay Rosehill fight in the second period. The Flyers dominated faceoffs early on, while the Wild dominated the shots. None of that seemed to matter, as neither team could light the lamp through 40 minutes of hockey.
Entering the third period, both goalies had their shutouts intact. However, the Wild would strike twice in one minute in the opening minutes of the third period. The first goal, scored by Jason Pominville, was set up by a dazzling spin-move and an incredible pass by Mikko Koivu. 57 seconds later, Charlie Coyle picked up a rebound that came off a Jared Spurgeon shot and deposited it past Emery. That's all the Wild would need, although the Flyers had their opportunities in the third with a couple of power plays. That wouldn't matter, as Josh Harding had the Flyers' number all night. The Minnesota defense was strong, and didn't allow the Flyers to get many good looks the entire night.
Despite the loss, the Flyers played a decent game. Both Minnesota goals were a result of lackluster Flyers passes or turnovers, but other than that, the Flyers played pretty strong on defense. The team had only two giveaways the entire game. Ray Emery was great except for those two shots that he let get by during that one minute window.
The Flyers continue a tough road trip on Wednesday night, visiting the Detroit Red Wings for the teams' second meeting of the season. They drop to 12-13-2 with the loss, but are still keeping pace in the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference, especially at a still-early stage in the season.
Minnesota – 3:52: Jason Pominville (14), Assisted by Mikko Koivu (17)
Minnesota – 4:49: Charlie Coyle (3), Assisted by Jared Spurgeon (7) and Marco Scandella (6)
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