Orange & Black Breakdown
by Vindisi on 11/03/11 at 01:25 AM ET
What more could you want when you go into another team’s barn without key players and come out with a W. They may have not played the best offensively, but they showed vast improvements in the defensive end. Defensemen did not make any glaring mistakes tonight and the Flyers kept them to the outside all night. More after the jump…
To the fans that may be upset with the rest of the game after the first 7 minutes last night, please look to these reasons as not to worry:
-Flyers were undermanned last night due to injury and spent a good portion of the game on the PK thus limiting the spread of minutes amongst the forwards
-They did what most people do when they feel like they are in a comfortable position, they eased off the gas and looked ahead to their matchup with the Devils with the intent to preserve their legs for tomorrow’s tilt. They will soon learn that option B is a tougher road to trek down not only for your legs but also for your nerves. With no movement on the offensive side comes a defensive responsibility to block shots. More offensive zone pressure will reduce these daily welts that the Flyers continuously pile up (three times the amount of block shots over the Sabres), but they made their bed so they had to lie in it tonight.
-From the outset, I felt this game was going to be a struggle, considering the lineup was going to consist of only 2 scoring lines. Fortunately, Lavvy was smart and utilized his defensively responsible 3rd line out there for crucial minutes down the stretch (Simmonds-Talbot-Nodl). Job well done by Lavvy tonight behind the bench as he made all the right moves tonight against his counterpart.
-Bryzgalov did what he came here to do, which was shutdown a team that was pinning the Flyers deep in their own end for long stretches of time. Yes, he gave up two goals, but both were off deflections. It may sound like I’m a Bryzgalov apologist, but I assure you I am not as he did look a little off at times. Overall, it is a good sign that even if he has a night off, he still has the wherewithal to make the crucial saves come crunch time that can positively affect the confidence of the team (and the goalie for this matter) going forward.
I now can see why he may be struggling to focus
FLYERS answers from tonight’s write-up:
Simmonds: Simmonds reminds me of a younger, more inexperience Hartnell (with better balance obviously). With time, he should improve his offensive skill-set. But for the time being, it looks to me like he will be inheriting more of the defensive responsibilities going forward.
COOTER: Yeah buddy. Man-crush is growing every time he grins back at us with his Bobby Clarke smile.
First line: Top line produced to give us the game winning goal, but they had to be split up at times because of the lack of forward depth at Lavvy’s disposal. Giroux with a nasty hack on Roy at the end shows he has the nastiness to go along with a finesse game. #CallingBobbyClarke #CallingMikeRichards
Lets Go Flyers!
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