Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators 11/6/2008
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.
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.