They dominated the first period and headed to the locker room with a 1-0 lead but it easily could have been 3-0 in favor of Philadelphia. The Flyers had three opportunities on the power play in the opening period but couldn't get anything going on the first two - it would be a theme of the night.
Luckily, Vinny Lecavalier found Brayden Schenn parked in front of Leafs' goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Schenn buried his first goal of the season with under 10 seconds remaining in the first period. The Flyers looked like they were beginning to click on the power play.
The Flyers would get four more power plays on the night - three in the second period and one in the third - and could not cash in on any of the other man-advantages. They ended the night going 1-for-7 on the power play and had an incredible nine players with 5:41 or more power play time with Claude Giroux leading the way at 9:34 TOI on the man-advantage.
Wednesday night was the 18th time in franchise history that the Flyers have registered a power play goal in their season-opener but it was just the fourth time that they lost the game. It is just the second time in their history, first since October 4th, 1990, that their only goal in the season-opener was on the power play.
Simply, they need to do better when having the advantage. One of the biggest problems the Flyers had last season was their inability to score 5-on-5 (they ranked 20th in the NHL in Even-Strength Goals in 2012-13) so their power play opportunities played a huge role for their offense. The Flyers obviously didn't score 5-on-5 last night and struggled on the power play. It is just one game but they won't win many games going 1-for-7 on the man-advantage.
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