Philadelphia Flyers vs. Phoenix Coyotes 11/22/2008
Jeff Carter showed the characteristics of his game that so closely resemble Mats Sundin: speed, strength, and shots. He scored the tying goal, assisted on the game-winner from Mike Richards, and ended the night a +3. He logged seven shots during the game, all taken during the third period and overtime. Oh, and he found time to hand out one hit and three blocked shots. Now that’s a player on fire.
Carter also demonstrated another level to his game that reminded me of another Swede named Peter Forsberg. The Flyers came out in the third period with energy, but found themselves killing yet another penalty about halfway through the game. Carter got a clean breakaway, putting the puck just wide of the net. From that moment on, he grabbed control of the game, dominating at both ends of the ice and willing the Flyers into a victory. Ladies and gentleman, that’s how a star is born.
If last season’s outburst during Mike Richard’s hamstring injury was Jeff Carter’s coming out party, then tonight was his declaration of dominance to the league.