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Barry Melrose of ESPN talks game 2 of the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia series. If for no other reason, scroll to the 40 second mark and catch the save Marc-Andre Fleury made on Jeff Carter. The goal would have put the Flyers up 3-1 with about 8 minutes left in the game.
from Timothy Parker of NBC Philadelphia,
With the Pittsburgh Penguins Philly-bound the Flyers need to get the home ice advantage. When the Penguins invade the Wachovia Center for Games 3 and 4 it is imperative that the 20,000-strong Orange Crush pounce on Crosby like a lion on prey.
Crosby went on record in December that Philadelphia is the worst place for him to play.
Earlier this season “Sid the Kid” described his past Philadelphia experiences as “vicious.”
With that knowledge the Flyers faithful need to get into his head like usual.
Crosby is a talented superstar. But, he often appears like a cocky, spoiled five year old on the ice—his constant complaints for calls and his overall selfish attitude.
more & I would like to know- What do you think of this type of ‘journalism’?
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
When Paul Holmgren traded Scottie Upshall for Daniel Carcillo on March 4, it didn’t seem like that big of a deal. When he earlier waived veteran contributors Glen Metropolit and Ossi Vaananen to make cap room for the return of Daniel Briere, it created even smaller waves. As Holmgren said after practice yesterday, “You can argue that those guys wouldn’t be playing now anyway.’‘
But here’s the thing, and there’s no getting around it. Since those moves, the Flyers have played 11 games against teams involved in the postseason. Including Wednesday’s 4-1 thrashing by the Penguins in Game 1 of their first-round series, the Flyers have lost eight of those games.
from the CP via TSN,
The speed the Pittsburgh Penguins brought at them shift after shift, period after period, shouldn’t surprise the Philadelphia Flyers—they’ve see it from Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal 20 times over the past two seasons.
The fatigue and frustration it caused, and maybe the lack of discipline it provoked? The Flyers didn’t seem prepared for that, and already they find themselves in a likely must-win playoff Game 2 against the Penguins.
The Flyers, just as they couldn’t during last season’s one-sided Eastern Conference finals, didn’t handle anything the confident and under-control Penguins brought at them during a 4-1 Pittsburgh victory in Game 1 on Wednesday night.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
And when it was over Mike Richards looked tired, damn tired, a look that has become unnervingly familiar over the last month of Flyers hockey. Throughout last night’s surprisingly one-sided 4-1, Game 1 loss to the Penguins, his usually stoic mug was a study in exhaustion, frustration, even - at this early stage of the postseason - desperation.
“It’s frustrating,” the Flyers’ captain said. “It’s frustrating when you have momentum or you’re starting to gain momentum and you’re thrown back on your heels again from a penalty you don’t need to take. Penalties where you’re playing physical in your own end or you’re trying to finish a guy or take away a scoring chance from them, OK. But it wasn’t like that tonight. We were taking penalties away from the puck, away from the scoring angles. And when you do that, it just tires you out. You’re blocking shots, pucks are hitting you, it tires you out.
“It’s a lot harder playing defense than it is playing offense.”
Philadelphia Flyers tough guy Daniel Carcillo has a hearing with the NHL scheduled for 3pm et/Noon pt this afternoon.
The incident under review took place during the Flyers playoff series opener with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Penguins won the contest 4-1.
While there is no penalty noted on the game sheet, it is believed the incident under review involved Penguins’ Maime Talbot.
update 6:42pm, Carcillo gets a one game suspension.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,
After tonight’s 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh in a first-round playoff opener, some of the Flyers talked about all the “bad bounces” that contributed to the Penguins goals.
And before the game, when asked how how the Flyers could regain their form for the playoffs, coach John Stevens smiled and said: “I don’t agree with everybody else’s analysis of how we finished the year. I think we played a lot of good games…I thought there were some games where we were the better team and didn’t win. Our special teams were strong down the stretch….We tightened up defensively; we out-chanced teams, so in my opinion, we did a lot of things we needed to do down the stretch.”
Am I watching a different team?
Didn’t the Flyers limp home 4-5-1 and blow the fourth seed to the Penguins?
The Flyers have been mediocre for six weeks now, plain and simple.
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia News,
There have been rumors all season that Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher would make it back on the ice in time for the playoffs.
And this morning, there he was.
But don’t get ahead. Hatcher is joining the team in a player/coach role and will be traveling with the Flyers through the playoffs.
“Paul [Holmgren, general manager] just asked me to travel with the team yesterday,” Hatcher said. “Obviously I said yes. They want me to be more of a player role than a coaching role and be around the guys, joke around, help them out when I can or whatever.”
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
You’re welcome, Pittsburgh.
Thanks to a mystifyingly listless effort against the New York Rangers last night, the Flyers will have to open the playoffs in Pittsburgh, of all places. They dropped to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, while the idle Penguins completed a surge from nowhere to the fourth seed and home-ice advantage.
In short, this is about as bad a scenario as the Flyers could have conjured for themselves.
“It’s probably my fault,” coach John Stevens said after his team blew a third-period lead to lose, 4-3, to a Rangers team with nothing to play for.
“Nothing for me ever comes easy. So I think this group has always found a way to do it the hard way, but they’ve always found a way to do it.”
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
When the playoffs start this week, will they resemble the team that went 13-1-3 earlier this season?
Or will they look like the team that played around .500 for the last six weeks?
Anyway, here are some theories why the Flyers will go deep into the playoffs. Or why they could make an early-round exit:
Seven reasons the Flyers could be playing in June
1. With a year of experience, they are much stronger than last season, when they reached the Eastern Conference finals. This is a team that has a perfect blend of rookies, players entering their prime, and veterans….
Seven reasons the Flyers could make an early exit
1. If you take away a solid five-week stretch, Biron has been frighteningly inconsistent. An inconsistent goalie in the playoffs spells an early exit….
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