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Game 5: The Intermission Blog

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Third Period.  Semin just scored to send the Caps up 3-1.  Flyers came out with the energy they should have brought in the first period, but they took far too many penalties.  Perhaps Monday will be a better day.  I simply can’t watch any more.

Second Period.  Caps 2 – Flyers 1.  Fedorov for the Caps.  Prospal for the Flyers.

Until Prospal scored, the Flyers continued plodding play, losing battles, and awkward changes.  THEY NEED ENERGY AND THEY NEED IT NOW.  I don’t care if you’re composed – that’s nothing to brag about when you’re losing.

Biron continues to stonewall Ovechkin, even as the Russian’s chances seem to have improved.  Ovie had a great chance from the top of the crease, which Biron blocked almost easily.   Ovie spent a little time laying on the ice after that one.  Seems frustrated.

Flyers need someone to step up and make the desperation play.  But like they say, it ain’t over til it’s over.

I’d look to Carter or Lupul for that big moment.  They’re both looking very confident right now.

First Period.  Caps 1 – Flyers 0.  Backstrom scores during 5-on-3.

Flyers are on their heels.  No one wants the puck.  Miscommunications abound.  They’re allowing the Caps to push them around physically.

Big saves by Huet gave Caps energy, and now they’re all over the ice.  Remember what I said about sharks that get the scent of blood?

Biron looks solid.  He just never had a chance on the Backstrom shot.  Otherwise Flyers are at least blocking shots since they’re not controlling the puck.

RJ Umberger, from his knees, kept the puck from 2 Capitals and created a scoring chance for Mike Knuble.  Seemed to regroup the Flyers.  Hopefully the intermission is enough to do the trick. 

Preview

They say the fourth win is the hardest to get.  Elimination draws out the desperate, high-risk plays no one would attempt or conceive under normal circumstances.  It requires a strong killer instinct from the team with the upper hand to conclude a seven-game series.

The Flyers need to execute the same game plan from the first four installments of this series.  Come out with energy and intensity.  Good defense on the Ovechkin line.  Avoid the penalty box.  Crash the net.

If the Flyers perform at their best for 60 minutes, it ends today.  We the fans love our team, but we’d rather not see them on Broad Street again until Round 2.

Quick thought – Reading the Philly papers just now and noticed a lot of dicussion about improving the Flyers’ dismal special teams numbers.  It’s great that people feel so confident of a series victory that they can analyze the smaller elements.  But focus on today, everyone!  The Capitals aren’t dead until the final buzzer and the handshake.

LET’S GO FLYERS!!!! 

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