I lost count how many times Ray Ferraro from TSN talked about how the Flyers needed to “shake off the rust”, “wake up” or “get their legs moving”. Everyone expected them to be a little rusty in the first period after being off the ice for seven days. It didn’t stop at the first period however it continued for the entire game. The Vancouver Canucks were not going to wait for the Flyers to “shake off the rust”. They would take full advantage of the Flyers lack of intensity and lethargic game play. Brian Boucher held the Flyers in this game as long as he could but the lack of support from EVERYONE would eventually get him pulled and Sergei Bobrovsky would take over late in the second period. CLEARLY we were missing a “certain someone” on the blue line and his presence in front of the net. The Defense could not hold off the likes of the Sedin Brothers, Ryan Kesler and the entire Canucks offense.
I remained optimistic going into the second period, hoping that Peter Laviolette could shake some energy into this team. Wasn’t to be though, the game continued to blow up in their faces and didn’t get anymore energized than it was in the first period. Even a tilt by Sean O’Donnell wouldn’t get things going. Bobrovsky would make some good saves to keep the score down but the offense could not muster up enough energy to score more than two goals, oh wait, one of the goals actually went off the Canucks player so we only actually only scored one, courtesy of Danny Briere. Jeff Carter would be credited with the second goal.
The Highlight of this game or more like the low point of this game would be the “sucker punch” from Jody Shelly on Andrew Alberts in the third period. This undisciplined action will likely see another suspension for Jody Shelly.
There is no time for us or the team to feel sorry for ourselves and there were no excuses from Peter Laviolette on this poor performance so we need to move on. We still have a tough road trip ahead and can’t afford to give up anymore points. We have dropped to fourth in the Eastern Conference and the Pittsburgh Penguins are pulling away. These eight points must become desperation points for the Flyers. Just seven points separate us from the 8th place Montreal Canadiens. It is crutial that we shake off whatever rust is left and get back into the race. The Flyers will need to turn this two game losing streak around when they face the L.A Kings on December 30th.
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