Damn, Ottawa, you should be embarrassed. You got your ass handed to you, as expected. The Flyers won last night 6-2. Aside from all the scoring, there was a ton of fighting. And it was quite a beautiful thing to watch. Here’s how the last few minutes went down, after the game was in the bag:
In yesterday’s preview, I said there were three reasons the Sens shouldn’t be looking forward to this game: 1)Pronger’s return; 2) Briere finding his happy place, again; 3) We don’t take games off. Bam, 3 for 3! Briere opened the scoring on a wicked slapshot. Richards then redirected a slap-pass from Coburn for the 2-0 lead. On a powerplay late in the 2nd period, El Capitan appeared ready to pass, and then fired a no look shot through the goalies legs. And with a 3-0 lead, we all figured it was Game Over.
Nope. The the Flyers decided to get sloppy. They gave the puck away at the Ottawa blue line, instead of getting it deep, and Milan Michalek converted on a shorthanded breakaway. Right after the, Alfredsson stole the puck, andheaded the other way. He sent a behind the back pass to Mr. Carrie Underwood, who then sent the puck to the front of the net. Because of the quick counter-attack, the Flyers were way out of position, and Nick Foligno managed to get a shot of, and tuck the rebound around Bob. And now what looked like a sure win turned into a 1 goal game headed to the third.
But our relentless attack broke it all open in the third. Briere and Leino forechecked hard, stole the puck behind the net, and Danny B found Hartnell in front who managed to stuff it home. JVR and Meszaros each rammed home some HUGE rebound into a wide open cage. Of course everyone loves when we light the lamp at this pace. But this game was all about the other fun stuff.
Giroux was extra ornery, throwing his weight around. In the middle of the 2nd period he low bridged Michalek, flipping that shutout breaking bastard onto his head. In the 3rd, he crushed somebody head-on, which lead to him getting jumped and the first round of fights. Carter dropped the gloves, but definitely didn’t look like he knew what he was doing. Between the fight and all of the other guys jumping all over each other, the Flyers came away with a 2 minute PP, which is when Meszaros scored. Things settled down for about a minute before Shelley faked dropping the gloves with Carkner, drawing another penalty. After teasing us with some chippy play, finally all the gloves came off. We had:
- Claude Giroux vs Nick Foligno
- Chris Neil vs Jody Shelley
- Jarkko Ruutu vs Scott Hartnell
- Matt Carkner vs Sean O’Donnel
That was fun. Wouldn’t it have been more fun if the goalies got into it too. And what everyone on the ice fought, got kicked out, and the next wave of players got into it as well. You know, just like 7 years ago:
Whooo! What a game! Next up, the Devils. This game won’t be as easy as the last two. NJ has been playing a little better lately, even scoring a few goals. Sunday is a game we’ve been waiting for since June. @ Chicago. Unfortunately, no matter what happens, it won’t make up for last season.
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Tags: Andrej Meszaros Brawl Braydon Coburn Chris Neil Chris Pronger Claude Giroux Daniel Alfredsson Danny Briere Jarkko Ruutu Jeff Carter Jody Shelley JVR Matt Carkner Mike Fisher Mike Richards Milan Michalek Nick Foligno Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers Scott Hartnell Sean O'Donnel Sergei Bobrovsky Ville Leino