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PK A KEEPER FOR BERUBE FOR NOW

Flyers stopped all five Florida power plays to secure 2-1 win.
Wednesday, 10.09.2013 / 11:04 AM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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PK A KEEPER FOR BERUBE FOR NOW

Usually the morning after a game, I take the time to break down an aspect of the contest from the night before in this space.

But today, will be a little different.

Today we have a guest voice on FlyersInsideOut.com.

I am fortunate this season to have a college intern working with me sometimes, and last night I gave here the task of focusing on a key factor of the game not named Steve Mason (after all, I was writing about the goalie!)

She took on the project head on and sent me her copy three times in the middle of the night…. Just to make sure I got it. That’s dedication!

So, without further ado, I offer you the breakdown of the penalty kill last night by Grace Balassone.

Her contact info is available at the end of the blog.

PENALTY KILL AIDS MASON IN BRINGING HOME FIRST WIN.

By Grace Balassone

PHILADELPHIA -- There is no denying that goaltender Steve Mason was on fire Tuesday night.

By blocking 33 shots, he kept the Flyers in the game to get the team their first season win, a 2-1 victory over Florida.

But this win was made possible, not just by stellar goaltending, but also by continuous efforts to keep the puck away from Mason during all five of the Panthers’ power plays - one of which was four minutes of 5-on-4 in the third period.

“It was huge,” Mason said on the importance of the final penalty kill, “you can kill off four minutes like that and really I don’t think they had a quality shot on net during that whole entire time so penalty killers did a great job.”

The four-minute power play for the Panthers was a result of Jay Rosehill being assessed a double-minor for roughing combined with Zac Rinaldo and Tomas Kopecky being assessed coincidental minors for roughing. At barely three minutes into the final period, new Head Coach Berube was given the choice to ‘play one player short-handed for four minutes or two players short-handed for two minutes’.

Berube said the decision to play 5-on-4 was an “obvious one,” and it turned out in this instance he was correct, as the Flyers were stifling on the PK short just one man, something they cold never have done if they were down two men.

This proved to be a success when the Flyers not only fought off Florida with strong defense from Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen and Luke Schenn but - even better - managed to outshoot the Panthers 3-1 during that four minute span.

“I was really impressed with [Sean] Couturier’s line tonight,” Berube commented, referring to Couturier, Matt Read and Max Talbot, all of whom were also integral to the penalty kill.

Coburn also felt good about the penalty kill saying, “The guys are getting on the same page and Mason was making some big saves when we need it. That’s been our strong point for us right now.”

In a four-game season so far that has featured so much upheaval and uncertainty, it’s nice to know that there are certain aspects of a team’s game that can be viewed positively. Considering the Flyers have been shorthanded more than any other team (20 times in four games, the next closest is 15) it’s safe to say killing penalties needs to be a staple of this Flyers team. The penalty kill has thwarted 17 of 20 opposition man advantages, a success rate of 85 percent.

Everyone is sure to be talking about Mason, and deservedly so, but the penalty kill deserves a good bit of love too.

Grace Balassone is a public relations and advertising major who is minoring in journalism at Rowan University. She can be reached at GBalassone@comcast-spectacor.com

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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