October 4, 2023

Flyers shutout in Calgary in final game of western Canada trip


Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

Saturday night was the Flyers’ third game in the past four days in western Canada. They were going for the sweep in their road trip, but they had to face the red hot Calgary Flames.

The Flames won their sixth straight, as they shoutout the Flyers 4-0.

Period 1

Sean Couturier won the opening faceoff.

Slashing penalty on Justin Braun at 7:34. Flyers love making dumb penalties. Flyers did kill it without a problem.

Brett Ritchie went to the box for hooking at 11:54. Flyers went on their first power play of the night. Nothing was doing on the PP, though, as the Flames killed it easily.

Flames made a push late in the period. Hart came up with a couple saves. And that was it, no score through a period. Shots were 8-4 Calgary.

Period 2

Claude Giroux won the opening draw to start the second.

Travis Sanhiem went to the box for tripping at 4:19. The Flyers were in some trouble, and Sanhiem broke it up. The Flyers killed Calgary’s PP with great help goaltender Carter Hart.

Hart had been the story so far. The Flyers didn’t have a registered shot yet in the period. Calgary has already more than doubled their first-period total with nine. Hart has been all over the crease getting the job done.

Another penalty for Philadelphia. Rasmus Ristolainen went off for interference. More dumb penalties in a sloppy period for the Flyers. It was inevitable the Flames were going to score, especially the way this period was going. It was Sean Monahan getting the tip in front at 9:07. 1-0 Flames.

With 10:05 left in the second, the shots were 12-0 in favor of Calgary in the period, 20-4 in the game. Horrible.

Nikita Zadorov headed off for slashing at 12:44. It was the perfect opportunity for the Flyers to tie this game. But they didn’t.

The Flyers finally started getting some shots off, and then Claude Giroux heads to the box for slashing at 17:16. Real unfortunate penalty for the Flyers. Hart robbed Monahan in front as the Flyers killed the Flames’ PP again.

Flames got on the board with a power-play goal, but that’s the only one of the 16 shots that finds the net. 1-0 through two. Shots are are 24-9 Calgary. Horrible period for the Flyers. I was somehow still awake. More awake than the Flyers at that point I’ll tell you that right now.

Period 3

Couturier won the opening faceoff to begin the third period at 12:00am ET.

Hooking penalty on Zack MacEwen at 7:56 caused the Flames to take a 2-0 lead. The Flyers turned the puck over, then Matthew Tkachuk finished the tic-tac-toe play.

Halfway through the period the Flames have one goal and the Flyers have one shot on goal. I laughed very loud typing that.

Ivan Provorov flipped Tkachuk over with a big hit. There was a little scrum after. Justin Braun went to the box for roughing, Lindholm and Tkachuk went to the Flames’ box for roughing as well. This was a huge opportunity for the Flyers to get back in this game. But of course they didn’t take advantage.

Flyers pulled Hart with 4:43 for the extra attacker. It didn’t take the Flames long to score as Mikael Backlund sealed the deal.

Johnny Gaudreau, who had been playing well all night, made it 4-0 as he beat Hart.

That was it. A tired Flyers team loses 4-0 to a not-tired Flames team. I’m also very tired.

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