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Ryan White on Brooks Orpik who needed help getting off the ice.
Below, Tom Wilson on Jakub Voracek...
Reast in peace Mr. Snider.
added 8:02pm, Below, Sportsnet captured the tribute as it happened.
from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
“You don’t want to go down 0-3,” Flyers forward Brayden Schenn said. “That’s no secret. If we win one, we are right back in it.
“It’s not going to help us at all to get frustrated and worry about having only one goal against them in two games.”
Braden Holtby has been nearly perfect in the Capitals net, stopping 60 of 61 shots on goal. Steve Mason has not been close to that for the Flyers and has allowed six goals on 54 shots through two games, including a 101-footer to Jason Chimera in Game 2.
There was no hesitation for Flyers coach Dave Hakstol and his staff in sticking with Mason.
“Easy decision,” Hakstol said. “Absolutely. He is a huge part of why we are playing in the playoffs.”
Ugh Steve Mason. No bad bounce, just played it very poorly.
added 8:37pm, Jim Hughson of HNIC with the call below,
from Kyle Phillippi of CSNPhilly,
...a league source tells CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio that Couturier will miss the remainder of the series with an AC sprain in his left shoulder.
After the collision in the second period, Couturier quickly skated toward the locker room, holding his left arm.
"Coots is a huge piece of our team," Wayne Simmonds said after the game. "He goes down that means someone else has to step up. I thought we did a good job filling in on the short term."
The Flyers were 5-9-4 without Couturier during the regular season, compared to 38-18-3 with him in the lineup. That's a drastic dropoff, but it's a stat the Flyers have to prove wrong if they want to come out of the opening series with Washington on the winning end.
Watch the hit below...
from Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
If Hakstol was counting on his players' letting go of the tension and anxiousness that had hindered them during the regular season's final week, the Capitals' 2-0 victory in Game 1 seemed a continuation of the jumpy, undisciplined performances that the Flyers delivered. That relatively narrow margin wasn't an accurate indication of the control the Capitals maintained for most of the night, of the way the Flyers struggled to play a clean, sharp game.
They mustered just 19 shots on goal, and they did themselves no favors by squandering three first-period power plays, then handing Washington six man-advantages over the game's final 40 minutes. The most innocent and controversial of those penalties - Brandon Manning's delay-of-game infraction for unintentionally batting the puck out of play - led to John Carlson's magic-bullet goal in the second period on a point shot that caromed off at least one Flyers player. That moment was bad luck, but the Flyers didn't create enough good fortune of their own. A turnover by Jake Voracek led to Jay Beagle's put-away goal late in the third period, but by then the Flyers hadn't given themselves enough opportunities to tie the game. They never gave you the sense that anything other than a random sequence of events might save them.
Yes, the Capitals are the better team. But the Flyers can be better than they were Thursday night, and they'll have to be to push this series beyond four or five games.
Watch the game highlights below...
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Since they finished with 24 fewer points than best-in-the-NHL Washington in the regular season, conventional wisdom says the Flyers have no pressure in the opening-round playoff series.
The Flyers, who needed a late-season surge just to reach the playoffs, are playing with house money. All the pressure should be on the Capitals.
"It's easy from the outside to say that, but when you go into the playoffs, there is pressure because we want to win," said Ron Hextall, the Flyers' second-year general manager. "We're not satisfied. A lot of people were pretty excited when we made the playoffs . . . but we haven't won anything, so I think our team, going in, feels like we want to win the first round of the playoffs.
"There is pressure," Hextall added. "Not as much as the No. 1 seed, or Chicago, which won last year. Not that type, but we'll feel pressure. It's going to be a great experience - and we need to play the game the right way probably more than ever against a team like Washington."
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
... let’s take a look at one X-Factor from each first-round series, a player or scheme that could have the most significant impact on the outcome:
WASHINGTON VS. PHILADELPHIA
X-Factor: Flyers defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere
Why: Conventional wisdom would suggest Philadelphia’s prayers for an upset centre around Sean Couturier’s ability to frustrate and neutralize the Capitals’ top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie. That would not be incorrect — Couturier did it against Pittsburgh’s stars four years ago. But the Flyers will also need to score to win. And so much of that depends on a dynamic Gostisbehere driving play. Last week, the Red Wings seemed to discover the recipe for success against him. They blanketed him in all three zones, swarming his every movement. It led to juicy turnovers, two of which resulted in Detroit goals. Washington would be wise to follow suit - particularly when the game is on the line, considering the Ghost’s flair for the dramatic.
Series pick: Capitals in six
the rest of the playoff matchups...
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Now the real games begin.
With the NHL regular season having come to an end on Sunday, the two-month grind that is the road to the Stanley Cup begins this week. Here is a brief breakdown of the eight opening round series.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Why the Caps can win: Depth.
With the emergence of young star Evgeny Kuznetsov and the off-season additions of talented T.J. Oshie and multiple Cup champion Justin Williams, stopping Ovie and Nick Backstrom no longer guarantees opponents of beating the Caps.
Why the Flyers can win: Momentum.
No team comes into the post-season on a bigger high than the Flyers, who went on a 14-5-3 run to clinch a playoff berth on Saturday.
Keep your eye on: Caps G Braden Holtby.
On paper, he easily should win the goalie matchup versus the Flyers’ duo of Steve Mason/Michal Neuvirth. Nevertheless, now is the time to walk the walk.
continue for a mini breakdown of the seven other playoff series...
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Snider children have today issued the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened to announce that our father, Ed Snider has died after a two year battle with cancer. He was 83.
Our Dad was loved and admired for his big heart, generosity of spirit, and dedication to his family. Despite his considerable business achievements and public profile, he was first and foremost a family man. He never missed a birthday, important family event or the opportunity to offer encouragement. We turned first to him for advice in our personal and professional lives. We grew up tagging behind him in arenas, stadiums and locker rooms; and his players, management and team personnel were our extended family. He treated his employees with respect regardless of rank or position, and the man they called “Mr. Snider” always would have preferred simply to be called “Ed.”
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