Flyers Lose Thriller to Caps in OT

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Almost perfect relief effort (Courtesy: life.com)

The Flyers and Capitals put on a great game, which went the distance.  Unfortunately, it was Washington that walked away with the extra point after the shootout.

There’s a lot that went on in this game, so let’s break it down bit by bit:

Sergei Bobrovsky

  • Goal 1: Far shot, leaks through him, shoulda had it.  This one we can blame on him. It was soft, and there’s no counterargument to be made, end of story.
  • Goal 2: He should have been covering the post. The fact that he was lookingthe wrong way when the pass went behind the net andcame back out is a non-factor.  How the hell is he supposed to know exactly where the player is behind him. The Versus announcers made a big deal about him not tracking the puck.  I don’t buy that at all, I just think he was positioned poorly. If he’s hugging the post, he’s got the entire near side covered, and if the play does go to the other side, he’s ready to pounce in that direction.
  • Goal 3: Yes, it did squeeze through him, but it was tipped on the way in. Maybe if he was able to get a piece he should have gotten all of it, but then again, the deflection could have thrown him off just enough. I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt on this one

Yeah, he was shaky and didn’t have a great game. He probably did deserve to get pulled, if not just for his own play, but to motivate the team a bit more. His own confidence, I wouldn’t worry about.  The team’s and the coaching staff’s confidence in him might e slightly shaky, but we’ll see how he finishes out the season.

The Hitting

Andrej Meszaros and Claude Giroux threw some incredible, and more importantly legal, checks last night.  Aside from that, the rest of the team did a pretty good job of being physical throughout most of the game. That’s why we forced turnovers rather easily, that’s why we didn’t let them keep us penned in our own zone, and that’s how we managed to make a comeback. Speaking of which…

The Comeback

After falling behind 3-0 about 2 minutes into the second period, I honestly was not worried. I didn’t think they played a bad first period at all. I thought they came out with good energy, had their chances, and just couldn’t finish. But the 2nd and 3rd periods were cranked up a bit more. If Versteeg’s pass attempt hadn’t deflected in, Nodl would’ve finished off the play anyway.  It was a perfect pass under two sticks, with a fortunate ending once it didn’t reach it’s target. Giroux’s goal came from perfect passing, which got Michael Neuvirth down and out. Once Matt Carle got the puck, you could see Giroux flailing his stick, calling for the pass. Once it came to him, Neuvirth didn’t bother trying, he just hunched his shoulders and accepted defeat on the play. Nodl’s tying goal came was sweet simply because once the puck came to him, he didn’t hesitate he just fired before the goalie could react to the turnover.  Briere’s deflection to give us a lead was just sick nasty.  No other way to describe how skillfully he altered the flight path of that pass.

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Tags: Alexander Semin Andreas Nodl Andrej Meszaros Claude Giroux Danny Briere Kris Versteeg Marcus Johansson Matt Carle Michael Neuvirth National TV Nicklas Backstrom Philadelphia Flyers Sergei Bobrovsky Versus Washington Capitals

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