You hoped the Flyers would come out and kick the Senators butts. You thought they were by far a better team. And last night, all of that proved to be completely true. In their 7-2 cakewalk, the Flyers thoroughly dominated Ottawa, controlling the play at will.
Yesterday, I worried about whether or not this would be a trap game. Those worries were put to rest in the first period after the Flyers completely controlled the flow of the game. It seemed that they took the puck away whenever they wanted to, and counterattacked very quickly. # of the 4 first period goals were scored off the rush. How often does that happen? The ice tilted the other way in the second period. However, that’s mostly due to indifference by us, rather than something good that Ottawa was doing.
When Spezza broke the shutout, it was completely Matt Walker’s fault, and he knows it. He was with Spezza, and for some reason stopped moving his feet. I don’t know if he’s really that bad, or it’s a case of a guy who has yet to play, covering the opponents best player. Speaking of crappy defending, Jim Jackson nailed it in his pregame intro. He mentioned that the Sens defense isn’t exactly “fleet of foot.” Matt Read took full advantage of that a few times. On his goal, he beat someone to the outside. On his assist to Maxime Talbot, he flew around the net with ease.
Sergei Bobrovsky was really solid in net. His best save followed his worst mistake. On a long shot, he gave up a long rebound (bad boy!), but slid across to cover up for his mistake (sweet!). Other than that, I can’t remember any other times where he messed up. He didn’t really face a ton of shots, but he looked good when he had to. Poor defending lead to the first goal, and a really nice shot lead to the second. It would have been nice for him to finally get his first NHL shutout, but he’ll have to wait for that.
Once the Flyers jumped out to a comfortable lead, Giroux really tried forcing the puck to Jagr to finally get him a goal. He made a few really tight passes that he normally might not have tried in a closer game. The hockey gods didn’t allow it though. Seems like he’s going to have to get that first in a more meaningful situation. Although when that first one does come, I prefer for him to get it after deking into the slot and ripping it past the goalie, rather than a one-timer.
The post game crew on Versus pointed out how similar the Giroux goal was to the famous Yzerman goal scored against the St. Louis Blues. I can’t find a video that shows the angle from behind the net, but here’s the historic one:
Finally, congrats to Sean Couturier and Harry Zolnierczyk on their first career NHL goals.
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Topics: Claude Giroux, Harry Zolnierczyk, Ice Hockey, Jaromir Jagr, Jason Spezza, Matt Read, Matt Walker, Maxime Talbot, NHL, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Sean Couturier, Sergei Bobrovsky, St. Louis Blues, Steve Yzerman