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“They did everything better than us in our building. That was embarrassing. We talked after the second [period] to come out hard, and we just couldn’t get it going. We didn’t have a shot on net for I don’t know how long.”
– Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros after the Flyers 2-1 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.
…It was embarrassing, and, quite frankly, the game stunk. Still, the Flyers were able to get a point despite a poor showing, and still lead the Pens by four points with a game in hand. Obviously, that contest in the Steel City next week now looms even larger than it did before, but the Flyers must first take care of business against the Islanders and Bruins – preferably two points in the former and at least one in the latter – before they can go ahead and worry about anything concerning Pittsburgh.
I’d say the Flyers will come out charged up for the Islanders on Saturday night, but who knows at this point? They may just assume it will be another two points. Paging Chris Pronger: come back.
…I’m glad, but not surprised that the Flyers aren’t taking the Penguins lightly. At this stage of the game, whether it be injuries or something else, a team’s greatest hope lies within playing the hand they’ve been dealt. Few teams have handled the adversity better than Pittsburgh, who can remarkably pull to within 3 points of the Flyers with a win tonight in regulation.
The Pens have done it all without their best two players in Evgeni Malkin and Crosby, and I seriously doubt they’ll be at a lack for motivation come tonight’s puck-drop. That’s why the Flyers need to get on this team early, and carry over that spectacular play they showcased for the 2nd and 3rd periods Tuesday against Washington. A regulation victory tonight by the Orange and Black could go a LONG way towards a division title.
…This week’s games are obviously huge and it’s a very good sign that the Flyers realize that and know that their best hockey had better be on the horizon. The potential exists for the Flyers to pull four points ahead of the Capitals with two games in hand, while also going further in front of the Penguins, the lone team that stands in their way this point when it comes to an Atlantic Division title.
I agree with Carchidi in that Bobrovsky will likely get one, if not both of these contests, and will probably be the man in between the pipes come playoff time for the Orange and Black. The Caps will be red hot coming in on Tuesday, and it will be up to the Flyers to stop them in their tracks. I have a bad feeling – I SINCERELY hope I’m wrong – but I have a bad feeling that these next two games will show the Flyers’ glaring defensive weakness without having Chris Pronger in the lineup against some of the game’s best players. We shall see though; one game at a time.
After starting off the scoring last night on a Danny Briere power play marker, the Flyers allowed five unanswered goals and fell to Pittsburgh by a final score of 5-1. Sergei Bobrovsky picked up his first NHL loss. I’m trying to block this game out of my memory, but, nonetheless, some quick hits for you:
– Jody Shelley absolutely kicked the crap out of Michael Rupp in what was a great scrap early in the first period.
– Bobrovsky stopped 27 of 31 shots for his first career NHL loss.
– Briere’s goal was his fourth of the season. He has yet to record an assist on the year.
– Eric Tangradi’s homecoming line: 10:42 TOI, 4 PIM, 0 shots, EVEN.
– Sidney Crosby continued his utter torment of the Flyers and their fans, scoring twice and adding an assist for three points on the day.
– 11 Flyers finished in the “minus” category.
– Nik Zherdev showed some aggression and signs that he’s actually picking up Laviolette’s system. Could be a guy to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
– Braydon Coburn led the Flyers in time on ice with 23:10.
– The Flyers finally broke through with a powerplay goal on Briere’s tally, but they need to be more consistent.
– Pittsburgh has won six straight games in Philadelphia.
– Who needs Marc-Andre Fleury? Brent Johnson has a sub-2.00 GAA this season and is 3-0-0.
– The Flyers are next in action on Thursday as they take on the Anaheim Ducks.
Last night was supposed to be a night of celebration in Pittsburgh. A night of “turning the page” on last season’s upset Game Seven defeat in the final game played in Mellon Arena against the Montreal Canadiens. A night of christening a brand new – and gorgeous looking facility, might I add – building in the CONSOL Energy Center. A night for Sidney Crosby to once again take center position on the National Hockey League stage. A night that Gary Bettman could see the once-fledgling franchise he “saved” get reborn in a new building and in front of a newly-found passionate following.
Instead, it turned out to be a night where the Philadelphia Flyers simply didn’t get the memo, and absolutely crashed the party.
The Flyers, a team that entered last night’s contest as the defending Eastern Conference Champions, hardly were given an ounce of respect from the announcers and producers of the broadcast, let alone from the fans in Pittsburgh or the Pens themselves. Instead, much like last season, the Flyers had to work and earn the respect of their peers and opponents, and that they did – convincingly – again.
After a sluggish first period that saw the Flyers give up 15 shots against, the Flyers finally got their legs in the second period and took the game over. The main reason that the Flyers even were in this contest after the first period of action was simply because of the play of rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The 22-year old Russian, who surprisingly was given the start in goal over Brian Boucher last night, dazzled all night long. “Bob” as he’s referred to in Flyers circles, made 29 saves on 31 shots and won his first career regular season NHL start in about as hostile an environment as they come, outside, of course, of the Wells Fargo Center.
Once the first period ended, and Bobrovsky settled in, the Flyers got their legs and took the play to the Penguins, outshooting them 10-9 in the second period, and 8-7 in the third frame. The second period saw the first ever goal scored in the history of the CONSOL Energy Center – and it was by a Flyer. Danny Briere redirected a Braydon Coburn shot from the point on the power play past a clueless Marc-Andre Fleury and into the back of the net to make it 1-0 Philadelphia. 15 minutes later, with a little less than three minutest to go in the third period, the Flyers struck again, as Darroll Powe redirected a James van Riemsdyk shot and Blair Betts scooped up the fortuitous rebound and blasted it into the back of the empty net to make it 2-0 Flyers.
The Pens got a quick start to the third period, as Bobrovsky got caught up with Braydon Coburn in moving across his crease, leaving a gaping hole for Tyler Kennedy to roof a wrister through from below the circles. While that goal cut the score to 2-1, the Flyers kept pressing and, much unlike past seasons, didn’t buckle down and took the pressure TO the Penguins, instead of the other way around. That resulted in the biggest goal of the game, a Claude Giroux shorthanded marker in which Giroux picked Kris Letang’s pocked on a pass that was intended for his defensive partner Paul Martin, and the shifty Flyers winger deked Fleury out of his jock strap and deposited the puck in the back of the net to make it 3-1 Flyers. The goal by Giroux would prove to be a huge one as just seconds later, the Penguins would strike on the powerplay, by way of an Alex Goligoski redirection that Bobrovsky never had a chance on.
Still, the Flyers hung tough and withstood a furious late comeback attempt by Pittsburgh and were able to take care of the Pens in the season opener for both teams. Chris Pronger did not play in the game for Philadelphia as he still doesn’t feel that his knee is ready to go, but could be in action tomorrow night against St. Louis.
The Flyers will use today as a travel day and take on the Jaroslav Halak and the St. Louis Blues tomorrow in Missouri.
The season has OFFICIALLY begun!
-Sidenote: An old teammate of mine, Eric Tangradi, played for the Penguins last night (wore #26). He is a Philly boy, born and raised and I can only imagine how incredible of a thrill it must have been to get to play against a hometown team like that. Not to mention, the kid played a helluva game, look out for him this year!
The Philadelphia Flyers have been into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since defeating the New Jersey Devils last Thursday. They’ll finally find out where they will head for Game One of their Conference SemiFinal series on Wednesday night.
Of the four Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series’ that began two weeks ago, only one series continues to solider on. Coincidentally, that series has a direct correlation to the Flyers’ second round opponent. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators four games to two, and last night the Boston Bruins eliminated the Buffalo Sabres by the same count in Beantown. The Montreal Canadiens, however, would not die at the hands of the Washington Capitals, as they used Jaroslav Halak’s 50+save effort to force a decisive Game Seven Wednesday night in Washington.
The scenarios are simple, and for once, they don’t look too horrible for the Flyers and their fans. First of all, the most important point: the Boston win guarantees the Flyers will not face Pittsburgh in the second round. As far as Wednesday is concerned, here are the scenarios:
1) A Washington win in Game 7 means that the Flyers will travel to our nation’s captial for their Eastern Conference SemiFinals series. The Bruins will head to the Steel City to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
2) A Montreal win in Game 7 means that the Flyers will head to Beantown to take on the Boston Bruins in the second round, while the Canadiens will head to the Pittsburgh and play the Penguins.
…It’s hard to say which match-up would be better. Obviously, if the Capitals are to advance past the Habs, there stands a strong chance their offense may begin to catch fire – which could be a very bad situation for the Flyers. However, the struggles the Caps have had offensively could be amplified with the Flyers’ aggressive fore-check and strong penalty killing of late. If the Orange and Black need to go to Boston, the situation is fishy. In one respect, you’re certainly getting the worse of the two teams on paper between Washington and Boston. However, on the other hand, Boston plays a similar style to the Flyers and would be getting back both Marc Savard and Denis Seidenberg for round two, so they would have an added confidence boost, while the Flyers will play without two of their top five forwards in Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne.
It’s easy to speculate now, but that’s about all we can do. Caps-Flyers? Bruins-Flyers? One will happen, and it’ll be up for the Flyers to be ready for whichever team comes calling.