The Flyers’ 5-1 loss last night to the Tampa Bay Lightning really ticked me off. It’s so frustrating to watch one team trying, pushing forwarding, and not succeeding, only to give up crap goals into their own net. And when Tampa got the lead, they sat back and just iced the puck over and over. If they are going to play scared, they do not deserve to play hockey.
The Flyers outshot the Lightning 32-16. Many of those shots were from in tight or on odd man rushes. You cannot ask for more opportunities than the Flyers had. They pushed hard, and simply could not find the back of the net. I give a lot of credit to Mathieu Garon for a solid effort in net. But he is the only Tampa player that I give credit to. And it’s not their fault, it’s their damn coach, who I have grown to despise.
The Bolts barely threw a few shots on goal, and 5 made it past Mr. Universe. But I don’t want to defend or bash Bryzgalov for any of those. There’s plenty of that going on throughout various message boards and articles and such. Bottom line is that they didn’t deserve to score those goals. A team deserves to score when they work hard on offense. 16 shots and 10+ icing calls does not indicate effort on offense. Even if you missed the game, simply looking at the numbers tells you that the Lightning got their lucky bounces and just sat back.
What I did like is that the Flyers easily beat the stupid trap. They didn’t play games this time. They skated through it rather easily. If they had manged to capitalize on their chances a bit more, it would be a completely different story. The final score does not indicate how this game went at all. It doesn’t indicate who the better team is. It simply indicates which team gets the 2 points in the standings. And while victory is paramount to style, I’d rather take a loss than play like a weasel.
Guy Boucher, you are a scared weasel. You hold your players back from performing. You deserve no respect for the boring brand of hockey that you employ. Screw you. Please leave the NHL and go find another profession.
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