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  • Postgame: Phantoms 7, Penguins 4

    Yes, that’s no misprint: the Phantoms scored seven goals.* Two important things happened: someone other than Stefan Legein scored and the power play got going.

    The Phantoms scored twice on the power play and another just after one expired. I asked Jason Ward, who scored one of those goals, what the difference was and for the first time, someone finally admitted that all of the rotating players in and out have disrupted the chemistry on the power play. But he said they’re starting to get a feel for each other and these new line combinations are beginning to click.

    Both Ward, the game’s first star,*and coach Greg Gilbert expressed some disappointment that they let the Penguins back in with a couple of late goals. Gilbert said the next step is learning how to win and finish games.

    Notes:

    – The Flyers signed goalie John Grahame to a professional tryout contract. He last played in Russia. Last time he was in North America, he played seven games with Albany in 07-08. Competition for Teslak as Riopel’s backup? Teslak made some nice saves Saturday, but* Gilbert said there were a few he’d like back.

    – The Flyers sent David Laliberte back to the Phantoms.

    Did you notice?

    – Pat Maroon hasn’t scored in two months, but he can’t possibly come any closer than he has the past two nights. He deserves much of the credit for Legein’s first goal. Great shift by the new line of Pat Maroon/Jared Ross/Stefan Legein. They have some chemistry together.

    – Speaking of chemistry, I like the Krys Kolanos/Jon Matsumoto/Ward combination.

    – Matsumoto’s first empty-netter was about as skilled an empty net shot as you can have. In his own circle, he lifted a floater back to center ice that then rolled in.

    – The Penguins hit the post when the score was 5-4.

    – Trent Daavettila had his first career AHL point. He also saw power-play time.

    – Smallish crowd of 3,320.

    – Tim



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