Philadelphia Flyers' New Ingriedients Serve Canuckle Sandwich to Vancouver

Joe RussomannoCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 12: The Philadelphia Flyers celebrate their 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at the Wells Fargo Center on October 12, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Within a week of the season's opener, the Philadelphia Flyers beat two of the Stanley Cup finals' representatives. These were more than two mere regular season wins.

Oh, how I want to beat the offseason dead-horse here. You know, the one about the trades and signings.

Ooh, I just want to though.

Anyway moving along, the Philadelphia Flyers played a game with championship implications written all over it. Yes, Flyer fans I know llya Bryzgalov gave up four goals. The Philadelphia Flyers' vaunted defense allowed 40 shots!

Oh no the sky is falling, chicken little! Wait hold on a second! They won the game!

OK, so now that we established the Philadelphia Flyers free agent goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had a conceivably shaky game, let's consider something. They took a ridiculous seven penalties allowing Vancouver to capitalize and keep the game close.

Had the Flyers played a more disciplined game that would have been a two goal win easily. Instead, as fate had it the Flyers played a nail biter in front of the home crowd.

Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk tallied goals in the first period on opportunistic puck bounces. That's what great players do, capitalize on opportunities, not fan on open nets in Game 6 of the finals.

Sean Couturier hooked up with Jakub Voracek in the second period giving the Flyers a 4-2 lead.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 12: Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers keeps his eye on the puck in his game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Wells Fargo Center on October 12, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Im
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Chris Higgins notched a goal off a swift pass coming from behind the net to make it 4-3. Daniel Sedin would tie the game on a power play goal in the third.

However, the vaunted Philly defense had something to say about it as Andrej Meszaros, the second Philly defenseman, scored for the Orange and Black giving them the eventual game winner.

The Philadelphia Flyers went on the penalty kill five times and gave up 17 shots in the third. Although the score showed four goals allowed, Ilya Bryzgalov earned his pay late in the game, acting as the Philly ultimate penalty killer.

It's only October, but this club has played two games with playoff implications already. Take it how you want, but all summer long I wrote articles expressing confidence and so far it shows. Granted rough times will come, but what we have seen so far instills optimism in me.

Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr have chemistry already! Bryzgalov showed in a shaky outing he can hold his own with the game on the line. The Flyers defense is able to score. Getting back to Jagr he has two points in three games, showing he can contribute despite all the naysayers warning he could not.

Up next is the Los Angeles Kings, with former captain Mike Richards due to return on Saturday. Let's hope the Flyers can keep up the good work and shut up the "Ritchie" club who had to turn their jerseys into goodwill last summer.