Early in the season, the biggest issue for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms has been the power play. Coming into Friday's game, the Phantoms were 2-for-17 with the man-advantage.
On Friday, however, the issue was a lack of discipline and penalties. Alex Khokhlachev and Seth Griffith had three assists each as the Providence Bruins went 3-for-4 on the power play as they downed the Phantoms, 5-3, in Providence on Friday night.
The NHL has seen it's first coaching casualty of the season. The Columbus Blue Jackets announced earlier this week they have fired head coach Todd Richards. The decision comes on the heels of the Jackets 0-7-0 start through Tuesday night.
Steve Mason looked about as unprepared as it gets for the Flyers second game of the season on Saturday, Oct. 10, as the Florida Panthers scored four goals in under seven minutes.
Mason was prepared to get that redemption start against Florida in the home opener on Oct. 12 when he left the team to deal with a personal matter.
Michal Neuvirth filled in as admirably as you can. He recorded back-to-back shutouts against the Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks, making 61 saves.
Right away, the thought that a goalie controversy was brewing started up. But when Dave Hakstol announced his goalie for Tuesday night, turning back to Mason, all of those matters were put to rest. They were silenced even more when Mason returned the favor, earning the win in relief for the Flyers on Wednesday in Boston.
Among the many turning points in Wednesday night’s game between the Flyers and Bruins was Zac Rinaldo’s major penalty for charging that earned him a game misconduct and gave the Flyers a five-minute power play.
More importantly, it knocked Sean Couturier out of the game.
Couturier is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, according to GM Ron Hextall. However, there is a big development on Rinaldo’s front from the Department of Player Safety. And it’s surprising.