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One More Win

The Philadelphia Flyers are one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final in 13 years. It doesn’t feel like it, does it? I’m starting to get more and more Cup Crazy myself, and tonight’s game will be huge. The Flyers came out Saturday and weathered the storm. They let the Canadiens come out skating everywhere frantically with their home crowd behind them. They played their game and stuck with their system until eventually, the Canadiens had no room in the offensive zone and were dumping the puck in and making some terrible turnovers. Of course, Giroux and Leino’s goals were absolutely stunning with their dekes. Who will be the hero tonight? I have an idea of who might be:

Lappy came back on Saturday, but I hope he’s ready for tonight. This guy is going to step out on the ice tonight and the Wachovia Center will no doubt be giving him a thunderous standing ovation. He will do his job as usual and hear it from the crowd. Jeff Carter also returned on Saturday surprisingly, and had 4 shots and some good looks with his limited ice-time. He actually threw his body around and didn’t look like the guy who broke both of his feet recently. Carcillo and Nodl sat to bring these guys back, but I hope Carbomb understands what’s going on here. He is the odd man out in order to keep Leino on the team. Leino has been producing so much lately, so it made no sense to take him out. Asham has been playing great with Giroux and JVR, so keeping that line intact was also necessary. Carcillo will be back, if not this series than maybe the next. If not, he should be happy for his team because we definitely could not have gotten here without all of his drawn penalties, and his two key goals in the Devils series.

I’m expecting a Flyers win tonight. This bunch has been focused all playoffs, and they’re ready to take the Hawks on in the finals. Also, the Philly crowd is not going to let this game go back to Montreal. Expect the Flyers to try and take an early lead and get behind the crowd to submit the Habs. I predict Carter scores tonight.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2010 in Playoffs

 

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Flyers Look to Rectify the “Old Fashioned Ass-Kicking”

When Mike Richards met with the media after Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Canadiens, he proclaimed to the media that they suffered an “old fashioned ass-kicking” and would need to rebound in Game 4 to re-establish a series lead. Today at 3 PM the Flyers look to do exactly that to avoid going back to Philadelphia with a 2-2 series lead. Like I said in my previous post, the Flyers would probably drop one of these games in Montreal. I wasn’t expecting them to lose as handedly as they did, but I think it will serve as a wake-up call. Matt Carle and Chris Pronger had their arguably worst game as a Flyer as a pairing and individually. They both turned quite a few pucks over and were caught in their own zone in bad positioning. The upside to that? Chris Pronger doesn’t play two bad games in a row, and I’m sure he is not going to be doing that again.

The Habs used their speed to get pucks in deep and chip away at our defense, and it worked in their favor thanks to some hard work and a few lucky bounces. If the Flyers want to go up 3-1 in the series, they will need to win the one-on-one battles and establish their forecheck. It would help greatly to get that first goal and help silence that raucous French-Canadian crowd. My only hope is that they don’t intimidate the referees, because there were a few weak calls on us and a few no-calls on them last game, which could only be do to the building. I don’t want to see that happen, and I sure as hell don’t want our Flyers making this a best-of-three series if the Habs win today and tie it up at 2-2. I’d love nothing more then to shut up those fans early.

One possible lift to the Flyers this game is the return of Ian Laperriere who has been cleared to play and might make his return today or on Monday in Philly. He has been the source of heart and grit through good times and bad times this season, and I would look to him to make some big hits or plays to help us out today. It is not confirmed whether or not he will play only because the Flyers want to keep their cards close to the chest here, which is unsurprising considering we’re this far in the playoffs. Today’s going to be another game in this series, and the Flyers have put Game 3 behind them. If the Habs think they can walk into their own building tonight and win the game easy, they’re wrong. I fully expect a Flyers victory today, but I think it will be a close one. Leighton will bounce back after letting in a soft goal or two last game, and Briere and Gagne will revel in the boos and score some goals. If they keep it simple, crash the net, and get some more shots, they should win this game.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2010 in Playoffs

 

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Flyers Have Work to Do

The Flyers are up 2-0 in the series right now and have outscored Montreal 9-0 in the first two games as they head to the Bell Centre for Montreal’s two home games. The scoreboard has made the Flyers look like they’ve steamrolled the Habs so far, but that hasn’t exactly been the case. The first period so far this series has been a problem for us and the Habs seem to come out more aggressive to start the game. Yet, we managed to come away with a 1-0 lead in both games and then start a dominant second period. That can’t happen tonight, especially in a hostile building. Montreal is a good team and you have to expect them to up the ante in front of their home crowd to avoid a 3-0 hole. They have yet to score a goal on Leighton, so they’re going to be hungry as hell looking for that one goal to set them off and gain some confidence. As a fan, I was very disappointed on Tuesday night as I watched the first period, and I hope it is not a repeat performance tonight. There’s a lot of storylines emerging in this series as Leighton has not allowed a goal since the first period of Game 7, and the Flyers have found their offensive stride and have gotten key goals from their best players as well as other players who aren’t always on the stat sheet.
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Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Playoffs

 

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Win and You’re In


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That’s what the Flyers will be doing if they don’t win this afternoon. This game has everything a hockey fan could want. A game between two arch rivals for a shot at the Stanley Cup. If the Flyers win, they’ll be in 7th place and play either Buffalo or New Jersey. If the Rangers win, they will take 8th place and the Flyers will have 9th place; early golf season.

The Wachovia Center is sure to be rocking today for the 3 PM face-off. The playoff atmosphere will be imminent in this situation, cause I’m sure the Block Party is going full force right now as the Phaithful prepare to help cheer their Flyguys into a first round playoff berth. They’re going to need to score early and often to put away a Rangers team who, like the Flyers, has had trouble playing from behind. There’s going to be some desperate hockey played this afternoon…

The Flyers will be giving out their team awards prior to today’s game. Pronger will receive both the Bobby Clarke and Barry Ashbee award (MVP and Best Defenseman). Matt Carle will get the Pelle Lindbergh award (Most Improved), with the Yanick Dupre award (Best Character and Dignity, on and off the ice) and the Gene Hart award (Most Heart) both going to Ian Laperriere… a worthy candidate to say the least. The Toyota Cup is going to go to Richie since he has the most points with all of his appearances in the Three Stars of the game this year.

These awards don’t mean anything today. A win does. Pronger is probably in the locker room right now getting everyone ready. We need a veteran like that to make plays today and lead this team. Richie needs to be the team leader he always is and play his heart out. He needs to lead by example. Bring the physical game to this New York team, crash Lundqvist’s crease as much as possible, collapse around Boucher, score some goals. Do those things and I’m hard fought to see this team not making the playoffs.

And oh yeah, I want to be able to write a playoff preview on here this week, not have to shut down the blog until post-season happenings like FA signings, trades, and the draft. Crossing my fingers today.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2010 in Flyers Talk and Other

 

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