By the time anyone is reading this, you are well aware that the Flyers beat the Islanders 2-1, then lost in 3-2 in OT against Washington. It’s been a good 4 days since all of this ended. It’s been a busy week and I’ve had no time to comment this. If you want recaps, go here and here.
First, if anyone really expected fireworks against the Isles, sorry, you should have known better. This isn’t the 70′s, or 80′s, or even 90′s when players had the freedom to police themselves and get retribution on the ice. Professional leagues care about their images, and as much as we love fights and brawls, the league doesn’t want it’s most memorable highlights to showcase fights. So in preparation for this game, the league probably informed the teams that officials would keep a close eye on things and wouldn’t hesitate to give out fines and suspensions for questionable play. And besides, the boys from Long Islands mostly want revenge against Briere, and he was missing the game while finishing out his suspension.
This game was a lot tighter than the previous meeting a week before. The Flyers were still the better team, still carried the play, they just didn’t dominate as much. The scoreboard was a pretty good indicator of how this game actually went (which we know isn’t always the case). In the end, Nodl was fortunate enough to get a pretty lucky bounce, and we came away with the W.
We weren’t so lucky the following night, and our 6 game win streak came to an end. We blew leads of 1-0 and 2-1, and had to settle for a point after losing in OT. I’m gonna be honest and say I missed the game, but giving up a powerplay in OT and losing the game while shorthanded sucks. Oh well, we’re still in a good spot right now, and as long as we don’t go on a downward trend, we’re ok.
The most interesting part of the weekend is that Sergei Bobrovsky played in both games. He’d played in every game since the shitty loss to Columbus, and it would have made sense if he was given a rest against the Isles. But then again, he’s young, and after playing in both games, he’d have 4 days to rest until the next contest. He’s gained a lot of publicity around the league, and it’s been well deserved. Leighton can’t be too far from coming back, so the starting goalie battle is about to get very interesting.
Again, sorry for disappearing for nearly a week, I promise to try to avoid this from happening again.
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