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NEW YORK (April 22, 2016) – The National Hockey League today announced that the start time for Game 6 of the First Round series between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers has been set for Noon ET on Sunday, April 24, in Philadelphia. In the U.S., the game will be broadcast exclusively on NBC. In Canada, the game will be on CBC and TVA Sports.
Start times for the remainder of Sunday’s schedule will be announced when available.
Bothe get five for fighting.
from Kent Youngblood at Russo's Rants,
Game 5 of the series, led 3-1 by Dallas, is Friday night in Texas.
Of course, most of the talk was about how, down three games to on in this best-of-seven series, the Wild was going to stave off elimination.
“Hey, I like the way we’re playing,” Torchetti said. “We just have to find a way to get back home. That’s the bottom line. We have to find a way to get back home. As a coach, we deserve a chance to get back home. We need to keep playing the same way, have the same mindset, keep playing for each other, just push each other a little more. Because I know there is another level this team can get.’’
How is he so sure? “Oh, you can see it,’’ Torchetti said. “I don’t know the exact shot count, but we held them to what, 22 shots last night? And what was it the game before, 17? Then in their building, Game 2, 25? (Actually 28). That’s pretty good. I think our team is doing a good job defensively, structure-wise, competing. I think we’ve done a good job. We just have to keep improving. Again, you have to win the game. We’re in the results business, you have to win the game.’’
Below, reports on the Kings and Flyers...
An open memorial to Ed Snider, A Flyer Forever, is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm ET today.
You can watch below via CSNPhilly (autoplay)...
from John Smallwood of hte Philadelphia Daily News,
Much of the hole they had dug for themselves had nothing to do with Steve Mason. When a team has been outscored 12-2, it's because nobody has played well.
Changing a goalie, however, is the most visible way to bring home the gravity of a situation - so Michal Neuvirth got the call in net for the Flyers.
"I think it's a good time for a change for our team going into this game," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said when announcing the switch after the morning skate on Wednesday. "I believe Nuevy is the guy who can go in for us in this situation and do a great job."
We'll never know how much of that Hakstol truly believed and how much was simply, what else was he supposed to say?
Ultimately, it doesn't matter, because Neuvirth was up to the task.
Starting for only the second time since his March 16 victory, Neuvirth made 31 saves as the Flyers staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.
It was Neuvirth's first playoff victory since April 23, 2011.
Watch the game highlights below...
He had some arm movement while on the stretcher.
It will remain one of life’s little mysteries: why it never occurred to the Philadelphia Flyers’ marketing wizards that arming a notoriously unruly fan base with 19,000-plus handheld missiles might not end well.
Add a no-show by the local heroes in a playoff series they already trailed 2-0, and what you got Monday night in Philly was a shower of white plastic light-up bracelets — meant as keepsakes for fans in memory of the Flyers’ late owner, Ed Snider — launched from the stands onto the ice surface.
Mr. Snider might not approve, someone said, but the guy who once signed the Broad Street Bullies’ paycheques would surely understand mayhem.
-Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sune where you can read more on this and other topics...
Patrick Burke with the explanation...
If you missed the hit last night, watch it here.
from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
In their first home game after the death of Ed Snider - their founder, owner, and chairman - the Flyers and their followers put on a display that manifested the worst instincts within themselves and validated the worst stereotypes about them. They embarrassed themselves, all of them, in every possible way. When spectators scream during a pregame moment of silence for a team's patriarch - as several Flyers fans did Monday - and it's not the most graceless, dishonorable episode of the night, that's telling. The Flyers ignited a melee with 7 minutes, 43 seconds left in regulation, and from that point until the final buzzer, they took 39 minutes in penalties. The Capitals took none, and they scored two power-play goals, and they could chuckle and gloat as the maintenance crews swept up the wristbands in front of their bench.
"They weren't interested in playing anymore," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said of the Flyers. "So we were on the power play for the last seven or eight minutes. I just thought it wasn't very good for our game. It's that simple. We were on national television. It didn't display our game very well."
If there's anything positive for the Flyers to extract from what happened Monday night, it should be the reaffirmation of general manager Ron Hextall's small-step-by-small-step plan to transform the team, to improve it by holding on to young talent and allowing that talent to blossom over years, to build it into something better than what it is now, what it has been. Game 3 was nothing but a myth that the Flyers have been peddling for years: that no matter how great the gap in talent between themselves and their opponent, no matter how long a shot they are, they can overcome anything merely by working harder, by playing tougher, by mucking and grinding and checking and punching and playing Flyers hockey.
That narrative has long been nothing more than malarkey, and the opening minutes Monday night proved as much. Once the Center reached a fever pitch after Michael Raffl scored 57 seconds into the game, the Flyers had nothing left. Nothing. They were at the Capitals' mercy.
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