Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Welcome to the Official Site of the Philadelphia Flyers

READ IT AND REAP

When Matt Read scores, the Flyers usually are rewarded with benefits in the standings
Monday, 01.20.2014 / 5:25 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
X
Share with your Friends


Flyers Inside Out
READ IT AND REAP

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Matt Read didn’t have a bet with the coach of the Iceland hockey team, and no, he doesn’t want the nickname Gordon Bombay.

But when he plays the New York Islanders, he simply finds ways to score, whether by knuckle puck or by hitting three bars – as he did in the Flyers 4-3 shootout loss to New York Monday.

Read scored two goals Monday – his third two-goal game this season. One goal was shorthanded, the other even strength. Both came courtesy of power moves down the left wing and sniper-skill shots to the top corners of the net.

The shorty went far side off the right post to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the second period. The 5-on-5 tally hit left post, crossbar and plopped down into the net. He now has 15 points (10 goals, 5 assists) in 14 career games against the Isles.

“That’s pretty cool, I didn’t know that,” said Read, who has returned from missing two weeks with concussion-like symptoms to accrue four points (three goals) in four games. “I just try to do the same ritual and prepare to do the same thing every game no matter who we play. I just want to help the team win. I guess I’ve been getting a couple lucky bounces against these guys.”

Read now has 23 points in 43 games, which is somewhat on par with his totals from the first two seasons of his career. It’s an average of .535 points per game. In 164 career games, Read is averaging .573 points per game.

This season alone, the Flyers are 8-1-1 in games Read scores a goal. They were 7-1-1 last season. In his career the Flyers are 30-8-3 when he scores… so he does have a significant impact on games.

The Flyers are going to need his continued productivity to help balance the lineup. The Flyers are getting a lot of offense from their top two lines, but could use an influx from the third line, which Read is on with Sean Couturier and Vinny Lecavalier.

If the Flyers can get that trio going, coach Craig Berube will be able to roll three lines with scoring ability pretty regularly, and that can only bode well for the team.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

The Flyers lost top line winger Jake Voracek early in the third period after he appeared to be slashed across the left hand by Cal Clutterbuck at the end of a Flyers power play.

Voracek skated quickly to the bench where he was examined briefly by trainer Jim McCrossin before heading down the tunnel to the locker room.

Voracek returned to the bench later in the period, but never took another shift. He left the ice again at the end of regulation.

General manager Paul Holmgren released an injury update that called Voracek’s injury an upper-body injury and said he would be evaluated by team doctors when the team returned to Philadelphia.

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen also missed some time in the game as did forward Brayden Schenn, however, both players are fine and were just dealing with skate issue.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

NOTES: The Flyers have points in four straight games (2-0-2)… Ray Emery made 40 saves and was the hard luck loser for the Flyers… The shootout went four rounds. New York won the shootout 3-2. Claude Giroux and Read scored for the Flyers. Vinny Lecavalier and Sean Couturier missed… The Flyers are now 3-5 this season in shootouts, 27-48 lifetime… Wayne Simmonds scored again and now has 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in the last 17 games for the Flyers… The Flyers (25-19-6, 56 points) sit alone in third place in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the second-place New York Rangers with a game-in-hand. The also hold a four point lead over Washington, who is currently the first team outside of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference…. Tuesday’s game against Carolina will likely go on as scheduled despite the impending snow storm.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 10 8 2 0 27 26 16
2 TBL 10 6 3 1 34 26 13
3 NYI 9 6 3 0 35 31 12
4 DET 9 5 2 2 22 19 12
5 PIT 8 5 2 1 33 22 11
6 OTT 8 5 2 1 22 17 11
7 PHI 9 4 3 2 29 32 10
8 NYR 9 5 4 0 27 30 10
9 NJD 9 4 3 2 28 33 10
10 WSH 9 4 3 2 27 23 10
11 BOS 11 5 6 0 29 28 10
12 TOR 9 4 4 1 25 25 9
13 CBJ 9 4 5 0 25 30 8
14 FLA 7 2 2 3 10 16 7
15 BUF 10 2 8 0 11 33 4
16 CAR 8 0 6 2 15 33 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 9 2 11 0 13
C. Giroux 9 2 9 2 11
M. Streit 9 2 6 1 8
W. Simmonds 9 5 2 6 7
M. Raffl 9 5 1 -1 6
B. Schenn 9 3 2 0 5
S. Couturier 9 3 2 -2 5
M. Del Zotto 9 0 5 -3 5
M. Read 9 1 3 -3 4
V. Lecavalier 3 1 2 -1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Emery 4 0 1 .924 2.44
S. Mason 0 3 1 .878 3.83
Privacy Policy | AdChoices | California Privacy Rights | Contact Us | Advertise Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use

Philadelphiaflyers.com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers and philadelphiaflyers.com are trademarks of Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2014 Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.