It has begun. The Flyers road trip through California was predicted to be a very, very hard time after the sloppy few games they had the previous week. The Flyers are set to go against three of the league’s top teams in the Anaheim Ducks, The LA Kings, and finally the San Jose Sharks all teams that have intimidating home records.
Coming off a win against the Red Wings, Thursday night the trek began in Anaheim where, to a lot of people’s surprise, the Flyers started with a strong first period that was tainted by some bad luck and a couple of deflections. The Ducks scored first off a multiple deflection, but Vincent Lecavalier tied the game back up on a power play goal. Then a Flyers breakdown resulted in an Anaheim goal with only seconds left in the first period.
The Flyers went into the Third period hoping for a repeat performance of their last game in Anaheim in 2011. That game the Flyers were down 3-1 and managed a comeback to force overtime and stole the win with an OT goal from Claude Giroux. It could’ve been a fun instance of Deja Vu, a goal from Matt Read early in the third made it seem possible, but a Kimmo Timonen pass was picked off leading to an Anaheim short handed goal.
An empty net goal sealed the loss, but not before Michael Raffl scored with 1o seconds left in the game. The Flyers had control of the game for long stretches of time even outshooting the Ducks 30-28. They were done in by deflections and a sloppy pass on the blue line. Hopefully the Flyers luck will be a little better through the rest of Cali as they face the LA Kings on Saturday at 4 o’clock.