In Cliff Lee’s Phillies debut he was almost perfect – he went five innings without a hit or walk to against his name. In Ray Emery’s Flyer debut, he was perfect.
28 saves, and two Flyers powerplay goals from Jeff Carter and Mike Richards helped Emery make his mark in the Orange and Black during the first game of the season for the club. In what will hopefully become a nightly occurence this season, I will give my “Quick Hits” from the game:
- The Flyers Powerplay was the difference: the Orange and Black went 2-7 with the man advantage, stark contrast to the Hurricanes’ 0-7. Ouch.
- Chris Pronger lead the team in Time on Ice, logging 27:41. Who does this shock? No one.
- The Flyers dominated the first period, the first minute of the second period, then noticeably took their foot off the gas pedal in the second and third, and were outplayed in large parts by Carolina. That cannot happen.
- Rayzor had luck from his posts, and a few fanned opportunities by the Hurricanes
- I had to deal with the Carolina’s Broadcasters tonight. At first, I was pessimistic, but they did a great job. John Forslund and Tripp Tracey are a class act, Carolina’s lucky to have them.
- JVR looked poised and never hesitated to take a shot on net. One knock: use your body and go to the net, young man. You need to utilize that size and strength
- Claude Giroux, where were you tonight?
- Let’s hope they have enough left in the tank to go do some damage in the Dirty Jersey tomorrow night.