The Flyers dropped their preseason opener last night, 3-1, against the Detroit Red Wings. James van Riemsdyk scored for the Flyers early in the second period, but three unanswered goals by the Wings would be too much for the orange and black to handle.
James van Riemsdyk continues to up his game. We mentioned before the challenges he's faced thus far in training camp, and he's continuing to up the ante. He scored the lone Flyer goal last night, an unassisted shot from the wing that snuck by Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. Considering that Jeff Carter, Scott Hartnell, Johan Franzen, Pavel Datsyuk, and Tomas Holmstrom were all on the ice for his tally, it's an impressive feat.
was nothing but spectacular last night in his Flyers debut. He blocked six shots and played 26 minutes, mostly due to an unbalanced amount of time on the penalty kill. He was everything as expected, and the Detroit fans (the Joe was half full, by the way) let him know every time he touched the puck with a chorus of boos.