Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Avalanche 0

Instant Replay: Flyers 4, Avalanche 0


It's been quite a while since a member of the Flyers had a trick. They almost had one in Wayne Simmonds. At least, he seemed to have it briefly in the first period.
It didn't happen, but the Flyers did go on to rout the hapless Colorado Avalanche, 4-0, on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
It was the first time since Jan. 12 the Flyers scored more than three goals. Simmonds finished with two goals.
Steve Mason, who sat the previous six games as Michal Neuvirth's backup, picked up his first win since Jan. 25 and also stopped a penalty shot.
A first
Jordan Weal's first NHL goal (and point) came at 7:16 of the second period on a redirect of Radko Gudas' point shot. Colorado challenged for offsides and lost.
Notable goals
Simmonds scored a shorthanded goal early in the first period for a 1-0 lead. He has two of the Flyers' three shorties this season.
Goalie report
Mason made his first start in seven games. He denied Mikko Rantanen on a second-period penalty shot, knocking the puck away into the corner. His last win was a 2-0 shutout of the Rangers in New York. He had two wins in his last 12 games coming into play.
Power play
Simmonds tipped a point drive from Shayne Gostisbehere to make it 2-0 in the first period and for a few seconds appeared to have a natural hat trick on the PP before his goal was awarded to Jakub Voracek that made it 3-0. Right as the marker was scored, hats came raining down from the stands onto the ice but replays then showed Simmonds never got a piece of Voracek's shot.

The Flyers were 2 for 3 on the man advantage.
Penalty kill
It was a strong game for the Flyers against the 29th-ranked power play in the NHL as the Avs went 0 for 4.
Nick Cousins played his 100th game as a Flyer.
Sean Couturier decisioned Gabriel Landeskog in the first period (see video).
Michael Raffl suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period and did not return. An update on his status will be provided Wednesday.
Defenseman Brandon Manning (suspended) and Nick Schultz (healthy), and forward Roman Lyubimov (healthy).
Up next
The Flyers practice Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Skate Zone. They host the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

German Rubtsov, Mike Vecchione among Flyers' 11 cuts

German Rubtsov, Mike Vecchione among Flyers' 11 cuts

As expected, the Flyers reduced their training camp roster by 11 players on Thursday.

After signing 18-year-old defenseman Yegor Zamula to an entry-level contract, the Flyers assigned him to his junior team, the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.

Of the 10 players assigned to the Phantoms, five are forwards: Colin McDonald, David Kase, German Rubtsov, Mike Vecchione and Connor Bunnaman. Perhaps, the one surprise in this group is Rubtsov, who scored his first preseason goal against the Rangers Wednesday, and continued to impress the coaching staff with his strong two-way game and smart, responsible play with the puck.

However, the Flyers appear to be deep at the center position with Mikhail Vorobyev and Corban Knight also turning in solid performances throughout the week.

General manager Ron Hextall also sent down five defensemen: Reece Willcox, David Drake, Frank Hora, James de Haas and Zach Palmquist. No real surprises here as the Flyers continue to search for depth as they move closer to the regular season.  

The Flyers' roster has been trimmed down to 25 forwards and 11 defensemen with Philippe Myers, Mark Friedman and T.J. Brennan vying for one or two spots on the opening night roster, depending on Andrew MacDonald’s availability. 

The notable forwards still competing for a job include 2016 third-round pick Carsen Twarynski and 2014 second-round selection Nicolas Aube-Kubel. Oskar Lindblom, Vorobyev, Myers and Aube-Kubel are among the Flyers who will play Friday night against the Islanders at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Expect a good number of prospects to play in that exhibition game.

Here’s a look at the remaining roster:

Forwards (25)
Claude Giroux
Sean Couturier
Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton
Dale Weise
Jordan Weal
Travis Konecny
Wayne Simmonds
Taylor Leier
Michael Raffl
Jori Lehtera
Nolan Patrick
James van Riemsdyk
Oskar Lindblom
Tyrell Goulbourne
Phil Varone
Cole Bardreau
Danick Martel
Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Greg Carey
Carsen Twarynski
Mikhail Vorobyev
Radel Fazleev
Pascal Laberge

Defensemen (11)
Ivan Provorov
Shayne Gostisbehere
Andrew MacDonald
Radko Gudas
Robert Hagg
Christian Folin
Travis Sanheim
Philippe Myers
T.J. Brennan
Mark Friedman
*Samuel Morin

Goaltenders (5)
Brian Elliott
Michal Neuvirth
*Alex Lyon
Carter Hart
Anthony Stolarz

*Currently injured

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Alex Lyon out approximately 4 weeks with lower-body injury

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Alex Lyon out approximately 4 weeks with lower-body injury

The Flyers on Thursday announced goalie Alex Lyon will be sidelined approximately four weeks with a lower-body injury. 

Lyon was scheduled to start Tuesday's road matchup against the Islanders but was scratched after sustaining the injury during warmups. His preseason comes to a close having appeared in just one game, logging 30 minutes and stopping nine of the 10 shots he faced against the Islanders Sept. 16.

With Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth at the NHL level, Lyon was slated to begin the season in Lehigh Valley in competition with Anthony Stolarz and mega-prospect Carter Hart for playing time, with Lyon battling Stolarz for a call-up should injuries hit the Flyers’ goaltenders.

Lyon re-signed with the Flyers on a two-year contract in July. The 25-year-old made his NHL debut last season, posting a 4-2-1 record with a 2.75 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in 11 games.

At the AHL level, Lyon was 16-8-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average during the regular season. Lyon helped the Phantoms reach the Eastern Conference Finals by posting a 1.98 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in 11 playoff games.

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