I was going to put up a picture of the Thrashers celebrating their comeback win from last weekend. But I don’t really want to think about that game. I’d rather focus on how we’re going to make them pay for that.
They’re a young team, with some good players, and they’re fighting for a playoff spot. They’re 6 points behind the Sabres for the last playoff spot, with a game in hand. Tonight, they’ll be hungry and ready to play. That’s nice and all, but so will the Flyers. You think our boys don’t feel hot shame at the mere mention of Atlanta? Sure, they might approach this as a brand new game, focused on getting two points and nothing more. But come on, they’re human. Of course they want revenge for the last game. Of course they want to prove that the 3-0 lead should have increased and held up to anything thrown against them.
Heading into the Florida game, I vowed to stop looking at the big picture, and instead set small goals for each game. Last time, it was about tight defense, and hopefully a shutout. For this game, I want to see the offense come alive and stay alive. We managed to chase Andrej Pavelec, only to get shut down by Chris Mason. Whichever one of them is in net tonight, I want their GAA up and SV% down. Crush this team like we used to crush the Thrashers. They think that maybe they can get into our heads, sneak into the playoffs and possibly upset us? I want to squash those sentiments.
Speaking of the Florida game, I’m pretty happy about how that went. We limited their chances, and more importantly, played extremely aggressive. The Panthers had a world of trouble getting out of their zone. We attacked them at their own blue line, which lead to Carter’sfirst goal. On the flipside, we didn’t get bogged down in our own zone like we had been lately. That resulted in Carter’s second goal. Richards looked brilliant setting up the first goal, when he drew Vokoun out of his crease and fed Hartnell for an easy knock into a gaping net. And although we didn’t get Boucher the SO, we did hold a slim lead in the third period. Overall there were just a ton of little things that the Flyers did well, which gives me a lot more hope for the near future.
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