I’m not going to bother talking about the loss to Carolina. It’s a new week, so let’s keep it positive. On a national stage, the Flyers beat the Rangers 4-2 in their building, and looked pretty good doing it. After last game, nobody would have been surprised if the game turned into fight night at the Garden. Instead, not one person wearing orange and black paid a visit to the sin bin.
All three Flyers goals past Lundqvist were pretty nice. The Rangers on the other hand, relied on a bit of luck for their goals. What I liked:
- Jeff Carter showing off his hand-eye coordination with a nice deflection for the first goal.
- Carter’s drop pass through his legs, past two Rags, to Giroux for the second goal.
- Coburn’s perfect pass to Carcillo, and Carcillo’s persistence for the third goal.
- Versteeg’s hustle to get to the puck so he could dump it into an empty net to ice the game.
O’Donnell got hurt pretty early, but they lost Gaborik as well. I’ll take that trade-off, even though scrambling d-pairs is harder than mixing forward lines. We almost lost Boucher after someone ran into him, giving him a bit of a stinger. He was down for the count, but we know better than to count him out. He came back, let up a lucky goal, then passed the test as the Rags tried to even things up in the third.
Richards was back after missing the ‘Canes game with a flu. He played a bit less than usual, but I always feel better when he’s in the line-up. Obviously, the better he plays, the better it is for the whole team, but his mere presence is key. As good and deep as this team is, we need him more than anyone. Don’t let anybody tell you different. Or let them, just smile and nod.
Anyway, if you saw this game you were probably entertained, thoroughly. We play NYR again twice, so maybe we’ll see a bit more fireworks. No mention of the game on Blue Line Station yet, but maybe we’ll get to laugh at some misery at some point today.
Any way, we’re right on Vancouver’s tail again for tops in the league. They’re up 2 points, but we’ve got a game in hand. Coyotes are in town tomorrow night. Beating Bryzgalov, that should be fun.
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Topics: Braydon Coburn, Brian Boucher, Carolina Hurricanes, Claude Giroux, Dan Carcillo, Hockey Day In America, Ilya Bryzgalov, Jeff Carter, Kris Versteeg, Marion Gaborik, Mike Richards, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Sean O'Donnel