This was a game reminiscent of those bleak early months of the season when the only thing sustaining the Flyers was great goaltending and a damn near unstoppable top line. Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek shined, creating scoring chances out of nothing on almost every shift. The rest of the team fell straight off a cliff and hit every jagged edge on the way down.
It's really not that bad if you pretend that last 40 minutes never happened. On the bright side, the Flyers penalty kill looked like more of a scoring threat than the Stars powerplay.
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Berube put the band back together with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek, and whatever semblance of scoring balance the Flyers had in the top-6 vanished.
The Couturier and Bellemare lines were in a competition to see who could be worse defensively. Vinny Lecavalier in particular looked the part of a player fresh from the press box, with timing and position issues in all three zones.
The top line's primary matchup was against Jason Spezza but they were able to really tilt the ice whenever Berube got them out against Seguin or Horcoff.
Couturier got smoked by the offensively gifted Top-6 of the Stars and couldn't take advantage of some easy shifts against the Fiddler line.
Meanwhile, the reunited 4th line managed to lose the scoring chance battle against every single opposing match up. That's impressive in all the wrong ways.
Everybody was bad: the story of the Flyers defense in 2015. At least Mark Streit was slightly less bad with 80% offensive zone starts. ( But who wouldn't be in that scenario?)
Brayden Schenn was the Fourth Beatle (George who?), taking a back seat to the brilliance of Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. These two played off each other all night long and showed the chemistry that made them so much fun to watch in the first half of the season.