David Bolland celebrates his first goal in the third period of the Flyers 3-1 loss to the Leafs.
The two areas watched with a close eye for the Flyers were obvious: defense and goaltending.
Despite having the offensive edge for most of their season opener, the Flyers were beat in those areas on Wednesday night, falling to the Leafs, 3-1, in the first game of the season at the Wells Fargo Center.
Jonathan Bernier was the star of the game, stopping 31 of 32 shots as the Flyers fired mercilessly throughout the game. Still, they only managed to beat Bernier once, as Brayden Schenn found the back of the net on a nice feed from Vincent Lecavalier with just 6.9 seconds remaining in the first period.
For most of the second, Steve Mason held onto that one-goal lead. The Flyers had power-play time and a penalty shot for Wayne Simmonds in the final seconds of the second. Simmonds was stopped by Bernier on his attempt.
Just minutes before, the Leafs had tied the game on a goal by Phil Kes...