Orange & Black Breakdown
by Vindisi on 10/25/11 at 01:25 AM ET
Or is shimmer a better way to describe it. Alright, enough of the hair jokes. The Flyers have gone from dominating the first period to downright overwhelming teams in the 2nd stanza the past few games. Problem is the results weren’t showing until tonight. Stat of the night after the jump that I’m still having trouble wrapping my mind around.
Hartnell: Could I borrow your conditioner? Jagr: Yah, for sure. *Salutes to the direction of the shower*
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Giroux notched his FIRST point of the season outside of the 1st period tonight (on Hartnell’s second goal)
I know, I know. I couldn’t believe it at first. I went through the first few games and it’s true. Now on to the points of the night:
Kessel: Flyers did a really good job of slowing down Kessel, especially considering the fact that Pronger went out of the game 10 minutes into the game. Kessel was fortunate to have that loose puck end up on his stick. The fact he buried it in such fine fashion though shows his growth and confidence is increasing with each passing game.
Jonas Gustavsson (The Monster): The Monster was downright scary good tonight. He stone-walled many chances tonight to frustrate the Flyers and keep his Leafs in the game. I said in the pre-game write up that Gustavsson struggles in rebound control and was vulnerable to top shelf trapper (glove) side shots. Well, Gustavsson may have had the Habs game in his mind as he could have overcompensated for his trapper side and left his blocker side vulnerable for 3 of the goals (Jagr’s 2 goals and Hartnell’s one timer). At least, Hartnell took me up on my advice to go digging for rebounds to score his first of the year.
Toronto offense: The Leafs offense was virtually non-existent after the 1st period. Any other team would fall apart when their best defenseman goes down to such a gruesome injury. They instead showed character and made the Leafs earn their ice all night. They were kept to the outside and couldn’t penetrate the big 4 horseman all night (Timmo-Cobs-Mez-Carle).FLYERS
Chemistry: The Flyers have found 2 lines with chemistry. The Giroux and Briere lines looked straight dominant at times tonight. Even the 4th line provided a huge spark in that second period with a long sustained shift in the Leafs zone. Even I had to stand up and applaud the likes of Talbot, Cooter, and dare I say it…Shelley.
Side note: Shelley seems to be benefitting from Jagr’s late night skate sessions. If Shelley plays like he did tonight, than he ultimately could win me over.
Top line: Why would I even ask this? Giroux’s line looked on a different level all night. Hartnell seemed inspired tonight as he hit everything that moved. If he continues to do that, than it will help clear more space for the Flyers most dangerous forwards on a nightly basis.
Keep your head on a swivel: Apparently, this should have been the key for both teams. I’m fairly certain the boys on both teams will be sore tonight. But Hartnell said it best, “We had to get dirty tonight”. The Flyers did so without crossing the line, while the Leafs were downright reckless with their sticks. If they continue to do this, than I wouldn’t be surprised if Brian Burke gets a call from the league office.
My predictions had a purpose tonight. I wanted to provide the anti-jinx (called Jagr not scoring tonight) so that he could get off the schneid. Jagr, please send me a case of Tasty Cakes whenever you get the chance.
P.S. Hartnell is the best in-game interview on the Flyers because of his honesty and understandability.
Lets Go Flyers!
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