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Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators 11/6/2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Showing some passionPregame.
Paul Holmgren says he’s tired of seeing the Philadelphia Flyers’ fannies as the opposition careens towards Martin Biron. So much so that he sat down with Brendan Shanahan the other day to talk contract.

Bobby Clarke brought his skates to the Flyers’ practice yesterday to offer some pointers on face-offs. He communicated that it’s all about attitude, wanting the puck more than your opponent does.

I think it’s safe to say that Holmgren and Stevens are serious about motivating the Philadelphia Flyers to improve their game. And frankly, what I’d like to see tonight is some fire. The whole discrepancy between the season tagline “Hungry for More” and the way this team plays has been beaten to death, so I won’t exacerbate that problem here.

Let’s just say that Scott Hartnell looks like a man on a mission every time he steps on the ice. He goes to the net, battles hard, and shows spunk regardless of the situation. When he doesn’t score, he bangs his stick on the ice. Some might call that poor sportsmanship; I call that passion.

Hopefully, his desire will infect this team. Otherwise we could be in for a long, frustrating season.

First intermission. Flyers 0 – Senators 2
I hate the way the Flyers started this game. They were sitting on their heels from the very first seconds, barely matching the intensity and jump of the Ottawa Senators. I cannot describe just how lucky the Flyers are to only be down by two goals right now.

I loved Mike Richards’ response to the five minute penalty kill. He came out with gusto, throwing his weight around and making those beautifully desperate plays that are his trademark. This team picked up on that effort, and followed it.

Now if they would only start with that type of intensity . . .

Second intermission. Flyers 1 – Senators 3
Mike Richards continues to be a strong captain for his club, but the team can’t seem to rally effectively. Despite increased offensive pressure during the period, they gave up yet another goal on sloppy defensive coverage in their own zone. Allowing major players to walk into your goaltender is not a way to win hockey games.

It’s so frustrating to watch a team with immense potential squander it away.

End of game. Flyers 1 – Senators 4
I don’t mind losing a hard-fought game.

I mind losing a game when the Philadelphia Flyers don’t even bother to show up. They had every opportunity to tie this game, blundering on two power plays during the third period. They gave up on the game, and that was evident.

I could point fingers here. I could talk about Steve Eminger’s fumbles on the point during the power plays. I could discuss the silliness of using both Boyd Kane and Nate Raduns from the AHL Philadelphia Phantoms. I could rehash the uninspired performance put out by the Orange and Black.

But frankly, I’m too tired and frustrated to care. They played like crap, and they got the fate they deserved.

Like Bobby Clarke pointed out, you have to want to win more than your opponent to be successful.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 7:29 pm

    You are still alive! I was beginning to wonder.. 🙂

  2. Thursday, November 6, 2008 8:25 pm

    Work has been insane. We’re short a staff member, and the holidays are coming up fast.

    The work is cutting into my hockey time, you know?

  3. John permalink
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 8:29 pm

    Understandable.

    Anyway, it looks like we recalled Hensick earlier today. Now if only we could get someone up here that could replace the Budaj/Raycroft combo.. We already have enough offense!

  4. Thursday, November 6, 2008 8:55 pm

    TJ Hensick’s a great player, though. I caught some of his college games, and he should be a fantastic prospect for the Avalanche.

  5. John permalink
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 9:00 pm

    Yeah, I like the kid {He seems especially proficient on the Power Play}. But the fact remains that offense isn’t our weak point.

  6. Thursday, November 6, 2008 9:07 pm

    True. Maybe it’s the whole Flyers concept – Let’s sign Brendan Shanhan so we can score that extra goal per game and win!

  7. John permalink
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 9:09 pm

    A 4-goal loss minus 1 extra goal scored still equals a 3-goal loss.

  8. John permalink
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 9:29 pm

    I don’t suppose it would help any if I told you the Avs are down 2-0 midway through the first?

  9. Thursday, November 6, 2008 9:53 pm

    I feel your pain.

  10. Thursday, November 6, 2008 9:54 pm

    It’s just maddening to watch a team with all the talent in the world play as though they don’t even care. Where’s the anger? Where’s the outrage?

  11. Thursday, November 6, 2008 9:56 pm

    On the other hand, I miss Jason Smith so much it hurts. Our back end needs him badly – shot blocking, leadership, and pure grit. How I wish we had him back!

  12. John permalink
    Thursday, November 6, 2008 10:10 pm

    Plus I’m watching the Broncos lose to the freaking Browns. Life sucks right now. 😦

  13. Thursday, November 6, 2008 10:33 pm

    What the heck is wrong with these guys? I don’t mind when they lose as long as they put in some effort and show some sort of spark, but these guys are showing me nothing.

    It’s very frustrating to watch them play!

  14. Friday, November 7, 2008 5:45 am

    I agree, Kristin!

    How long do you think the Flyers stay patient with John Stevens? With their hands somewhat tied by the salary cap and their contract numbers, he’s one of the few pieces they can easily move.

  15. Friday, November 7, 2008 12:56 pm

    Well, I was worried about John during the 6 game losing streak, but stopped worrying when they won a few.

    It’s easy to make the argument that it’s on him, but I don’t know if they have the heart to cut him. It is interesting that we have a former NHL coach with the Phantoms that we could tap if we had to.

    Perhaps losing Terry Murray has been hard on this coaching staff, and they need to find someone who can drill team d into the players’ heads!

  16. John permalink
    Friday, November 7, 2008 6:55 pm

    Maybe they need to play somebody back-to-back again. If memory serves correctly, they played the Sharks really well {Both went beyond regulation} in that home-and-home series, and then beat the Devils the next two games {Another home-and-home}. I’m ignoring Atlanta because the Flyers always beat up on them.

    But then they played that crappy game against the Islanders before dropping games to the Oilers and Sens. It’s just a theory..

    But they don’t have another home-and-home until they get the Canes on the 26th and 28th.

  17. John permalink
    Monday, November 10, 2008 9:15 pm

    I’ve been on ESPN trying to convince a Devils fan to trade us Brodeur, but no such luck so far. 🙂

  18. Tuesday, November 11, 2008 2:05 pm

    What are you offering them?

  19. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 3:09 pm

    Well… 😉

    Here’s the exact package offered: “Tucker, McCleod, Smyth, a third rounder, and the rights to Patrick Roy {Or Budaj, your choice. Personally I’d prefer a retired Roy over an active Budaj..} for Brodeur and Parise.”

    I only threw Parise in because they’re a big Parise fan. So I couldn’t resist, especially since the deal was made in jest to start with.

  20. John permalink
    Tuesday, November 11, 2008 3:10 pm

    Of course, then I heckled them about Game 7 of the ’01 Stanley Cup Finals, so negotiations broke down..

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