Former Flyers greats John LeClair and Eric Lindros were inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame tonight to much fanfare, but the team couldn't produce a victory, giving up the deciding goal to Minnesota with 14 seconds left. The Flyers are now 7-9-2 after losing their fourth consecutive game, all in regulation.
After what seemed like a full offseason in between games, the Flyers returned to action at home tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The rest clearly didn't pay off, as the Flyers took a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Scott Hartnell's new team, a team that was 0-8-1 in their past 9 contests. The Blue Jackets seem to have the Flyers' number, having won 4 of the last 5 match-ups.
It only took seven games, but Steve Mason was finally able to put a '1' in his win column tonight. Mason turned away 35 shots en route to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Jakub Voracek provided Mason with some offensive support, scoring two goals in the first period. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare & Luke Schenn added goals for good measure in the second. Voracek pulled back even with Sidney Crosby for the league lead in points with 18.
Many people probably thought tonight's game against the Florida Panthers would be a layup for the Flyers, apparently the players did too. An 0-for-6 night on the power play led to the 2-1 loss. Florida prevailed despite having four of their top-line starters out of the game. (Aleksander Barkov, Sean Bergenheim, Jonathan Huberdeau, Brandon Pirri) Call it a wash for the Flyers on their Florida road-trip. The team failed to garner a single point between tonight's loss to the Panthers and Thursday's loss to the Lightning.