Postgame: Flyers @ Capitals 4/11/2008
Not a good loss tonight. The Flyers allowed the Capitals to spend too much time in cycling around Martin Biron. Often times it seemed as thought the Flyers were sitting on their heels, waiting for the Caps to take control of the puck and move forward. The winning strategy would have been ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK. Control the puck and you control your destiny.
In the Penalty Box: Jaroslav Modry. First law of defense: do no harm. Modry was on ice for at least 3 Capitals goals, directly culpable for Brashear’s opening tally and partially responsible for Ovechkin’s closing one. We all expect better from a veteran defenseman in playoff situations. [EDIT: SuperStats just posted. Modry a minus-4 game. Pretty bad when you consider Briere was a plus-2.]
Unsung hero: Ryan Parent wasn’t perfect tonight, but he certainly did not look like a rookie playing his first NHL postseason game. Calm, cool, and collected with the puck – and only 21 years old with less than 20 games NHL experience. He even successfully covered Ovechkin on a few occasions. I can’t wait to see this kid in a few years.
How the @#$*! did that happen?
– Danny Briere scored two goals, but he also took two sloppy penalties. The second penalty led to Mike Green’s tying goal. Again, veteran players need to be responsible in these situations.
– I love Lasse Kukkonen, whether we’re talking his shot blocking excellence or his cool decisions with the puck. I even love his recent ability to agitate (face washes with Crosby and involvement in scrums this evening) – a surprise given the quiet, non-physical style of his play. But by the time you reach the NHL, you have to know where you are on the ice and who is around you. Especially when Ovechkin is lurking behind your own net.