Flyers vs. Ducks 1/2/2009
No pregame this evening. I’ll post thoughts between periods and after the game. ‘Til then – FF
First intermission. Flyers 1 – Ducks 1
* Winning faceoffs is a crucial part of hockey games. Think I’m exaggerating? Both goals in this game were scored because the scoring team won a faceoff. Ossi Vaananen got his first as a Flyer by receiving the puck from the faceoff circle and putting it on net. Corey Perry and his teammates fought their way from the faceoff circle behind the net to score a wrap-around against Biron. Maybe Stevens needs to bring Bobby Clarke back for a second session . . .
* Speaking of wrap-arounds, Biron is incredibly weak when defending against that move. Watch for it, and you’ll notice that teams try the move early and often versus the Flyers. Just something to keep in mind during this contract year.
* Why were there two fights in that period? These teams meet so rarely that there shouldn’t be bad blood. The Flyers didn’t need a shift in momentum, so Cote and Gratton shouldn’t have been attempting to motivate their respective teams. What was the point? I don’t mind fighting with a purpose, but this senseless dropping of gloves gets ridiculous.
Second intermission. Flyers 4 – Ducks 4
*Eight goals in the first two periods of a Ducks game. Wow! I think hell froze over about halfway through that period.
*Braydon Coburn redeemed himself with that tying goal. He takes more restraining penalties than almost any other Flyer, and Ryan Getzlaf’s go-ahead goal came while Coburn was in the box once again. And Coburn nearly missed the open net.
*Speaking of quick goals, the Flyers have made short work of the Ducks twice in response to Duck goals. That’s the sign of a good team. The sign of a great team is one that can put the pedal to the metal in the third and win outright. We’ll see if the Flyers have it in them this evening.