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Flyers give up 3-0 lead; lose in shootout

On Saturday, there were two versions of the Philadelphia Flyers to be observed.

Through the first two periods, the Flyers looked like a team that was on its way to win the first game of the season. But in the third, they were a team that barely came away with a point.

The Flyers blew a 3-0 lead in the third period, ultimately losing 4-3 in the shootout to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. The Flyers (0-2-1) lost their third straight game, starting the season with three losses for the third straight year.

"It sucks," winger Wayne Simmonds said. "We were up 3-0. Obviously you don't get the two points, you’re disappointed."

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Mason, defense left vulnerable in home opener loss to Devils

PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers looked bad defensively as a whole.

Maybe it's the absence of Kimmo Timonen finally setting in, or maybe it was the bit of bad news the team received prior to its home opener with the New Jersey Devils. Either way, problems persisted and the reality of the Flyers defensive situation may have finally set in.

The Flyers lost an agonizing game 6-4 to the Devils on Thursday. Twice poor defense erased game-tying goals by the Flyers. Twice, the blame was pitted on Luke Schenn, who had arguably the worst game of his career.

Flyers Drop Season Opener to Bruins

A late goal by Chris Kelly spoiled a fantastic goaltending performance by Steve Mason, leading to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins in the Philadelphia Flyers' season opener.

In the first regular season game of the first year of his contract extension, Mason was nearly flawless. He stopped 31 of 33 shots, including several key stops. If the Flyers were to have won, perhaps a luxurious steak dinner was in his future due to his role in this game.

2014-15 Metropolitan Division Preview

Last year, the Metropolitan Division contained a glut of average to below-average teams.

Four teams ended up making the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers all joined the playoff party. Eventually, the Rangers caught fire and made it to the end, only to be dispatched by the Los Angeles Kings.

This season, three teams have new coaches, and each team has a serious challenge ahead of them—whether it’s via injury, shortcoming, or unexpected breaking news.

Herein, we examine those factors.

2014-15 Flyers Preview: The New Guys

The Philadelphia Flyers head into the 2014-15 season with virtually the same roster that lost in seven games to the New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division Semifinals.

With that said, there have been a couple new additions to the Flyers’ proverbial puzzle.

2014-15 Flyers Preview: Goalies

For the first time in what felt like forever, the Philadelphia Flyers seemed to finally find the answer in net last season, and perhaps, a franchise goaltender for the next few years.

Even with a questionable defensive corps and a lot of doubt coming into the season, the Flyers stabilized their play in net and quieted some of their demons, at least for now. Goaltender Steve Mason, looking to get his career back on track with new opportunities in Philly, put up his best numbers since 2008-09 when he won the Calder trophy, awarded to the league's best rookie, with Columbus.

2014-15 Flyers Preview: Defense

The future for the defense of the Philadelphia Flyers is extremely bright.

Players such as Samuel Morin and Robert Hagg, along with Shayne Gostisbehere are not far from being NHL ready. And the expectations are very high for when they are ready.

Until then, the Flyers have a bit of an issue on the back end. Veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen’s future in professional hockey is in question as he is out indefinitely due to blood clots in his lungs and right calf. The loss of Timonen will likely expose some of the issues that the Flyers have on the blue line.

2014-15 Flyers Preview: Forwards

The Flyers are going to rely on a balanced offense this season with the woes coming on the back-end. How fast the offense can start up this season will be key.

The first month of the season won’t be easy either. The Flyers begin their first week with back-to-back games in Boston on Wednesday and home on Thursday against New Jersey. The rest of the month is harder than running the gauntlet with games against Montreal, Anaheim, Dallas, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay. On the Devils didn’t make the playoffs last season, but were in the Stanley Cup Final two years ago.

Flyers send Morin back to juniors; Trim roster to 22

It looks like Flyers fans will have to wait to see Samuel Morin on a regular basis.

General manager Ron Hextall stuck with his patience plan, sending the 19-year-old defenseman prospect back to Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Friday. The Flyers also trimmed their roster down to 22 players, waiving three players in hopes they land in Lehigh Valley.

Goaltender Robb Zepp and forwards Jay Rosehill and Chris VandeVelde were all placed on waivers on Friday. They join three players sent to Lehigh on Wednesday.

Flyers send Gostisbehere, Laughton to Lehigh Valley; Morin still in Philly

The Philadelphia Flyers need to get the active roster to 23 by the start of the season.

They're at 26.

The Flyers got to that number when they sent center Scott Laughton and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Both, who were top candidates to start the season with the Flyers, will start in Lehigh.

The Flyers also waived veteran Zack Stortini. If he isn't picked up, he will join Laughton and Gostisbehere in Lehigh.