Tag: Matt Read

Ed Snider

‘Never seen anything like it’: Snider rips Philly’s lack of secondary scoring


The Flyers have two of the NHL’s top six scorers at the moment — Jakub Voracek (2nd, 32 points) and Claude Giroux (6th, 27) — yet sit just sixth in the Metropolitan Division with an ugly 8-12-3 record.

One big reason why? Not enough points from forwards not named Voracek or Giroux. And that’s got owner Ed Snider miffed.

“Never seen anything like it in all the years I’ve been in hockey,” Snider said of his club’s lack of secondary scoring, per the Philly Inquirer. “Even when we were an expansion team, somebody chipped in here and there.”

Consider the following:

— Matt Read, a two-time 20 goal scorer, has one goal in his last 16 games.

— Sean Couturier, who scored a career-high 39 points last year, has one point in his last 10.

— Wayne Simmonds, who scored six goals in his first 10 games of the year, has two in his last 13.

The slumps are out there for all to see, including Snider. Which probably explains why he called out each of these guys individually.

“We have two of the best forwards in the league, but two players can’t turn around a team,” he explained. “What’s going on with everybody else? What’s going on with Couturier, Read, Simmonds, and the other guys? They should be chipping in with some goals.

“It’s weird. I’m not going to give up on those guys. Even [Vinny] Lecavalier got 20 goals last year. What happened?”

As Snider’s words suggest, these are not good times for the Flyers. The club is 1-7-1 over its last nine and now begins a difficult stretch of road games, with four games in seven nights in San Jose, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Columbus.

If someone can’t step up and provide some offense behind the big two of Voracek and Giroux on this trip, Philly could be in danger of falling behind the ‘Canes and Blue Jackets in the Metro — not a good place to be for a team intent on making the postseason.

Video: Two quick third-period goals propel Flyers over rival Penguins

Patric Hornqvist, Ray Emery. Andrew MacDonald

Just like that, from a tied game to a two-goal Philadelphia Flyers lead.

First, it was R.J. Umberger, involved in a fight with Simon Despres earlier in the game, scoring to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead. It was also his first of the season. Timely.

It came less than a minute after the Penguins thought they had perhaps taken the lead on an Evgeni Malkin goal, but that was waved off after officials went to video review and confirmed the call on the ice that the puck never crossed the goal line, according to the league’s Situation Room Blog.

Matt Read added the two-goal cushion for Philadelphia – and what a beauty it was – just two minutes after the Umberger goal.

Again, for Read, his first of the season. What better way to get of the schneid? The goals came before the midway point of the third period, helping give the visiting Flyers a 5-3 win over their bitter rivals from Pittsburgh.

For the Flyers, it was a strong response after getting thoroughly dominated the night before by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Flyers did lose Zac Rinaldo to an upper-body injury. His last shift came at the end of the first period. Earlier in the opening period, 29-year-old Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, originally from France, scored his first NHL goal to give Philadelphia a lead after 20 minutes.


Flyers ‘not concerned’ with injuries to Couturier, Emery

Sean Couturier

From our friends at CSN Philly:

Sean Couturier (upper body) and Ray Emery (lower body) on Friday both missed their second practices with injuries and are day to day.

General manager Ron Hextall said none of the injuries are serious.

Asked if he was concerned about Couturier or Emery, [coach Craig] Berube replied, “No, I’m not concerned right now. I think we’re OK.”

It wasn’t reported how either injury was suffered.

Couturier is expected to be a key player this season for Philly, with the 21-year-old potentially centering a second line between Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read.

The Flyers play the Devils Sunday in New Jersey.

Related: Giroux (lower body) back at practice, says he’ll play in season opener