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Flyers vs. Ducks 1/2/2009

Friday, January 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.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    Friday, January 2, 2009 11:10 pm

    Hmm.. now that it’s 5-1, can I officially write this off as another loss by Budaj? And after this game, Peter will have lost to the one team that beat Raycroft this season. Is there any reason left not to play Andrew /now/?!

    And I could understand one fight early on in a West Coast game {If you’re an East Coast team}, but I don’t see reason for a second fisticuff..

  2. John permalink
    Friday, January 2, 2009 11:20 pm

    Does Gratton’s goal make up for his fight? 🙂

    And it’s 6-1 Blue Jackets, yet Budaj is still in net.

  3. Friday, January 2, 2009 11:49 pm

    I love when grinders score!

    Perhaps Granato doesn’t want to ruin Raycroft’s numbers?

  4. Friday, January 2, 2009 11:51 pm

    There was no reason for the fighting, though. It wasn’t a snarky game at all. There weren’t little scrums, there wasn’t much verbal sparring, there weren’t any nasty hits. It was just two fights in less than a minute.

  5. John permalink
    Friday, January 2, 2009 11:55 pm

    If that’s the case, he’s a bigger idiot than I thought! You don’t sit somebody because they have good numbers, you bench them when their stat line reads something like this…
    Shots Against: 30
    Goals Against: 6
    TOI: 59:58

    And maybe they decided the Ducks needed the living sh*t beat out of them? Because I wouldn’t object to that idea at all. 😉

  6. John permalink
    Saturday, January 3, 2009 1:01 am

    Did you call it a night or something FF?

  7. Saturday, January 3, 2009 11:08 am

    Sorry. I was so tired by the end of that game that I crashed. Guess I’m getting old 🙂

    Yeah, well, those fights weren’t exactly beatings. The Ducks outmuscled the Flyers for most of the first and second period.

  8. John permalink
    Saturday, January 3, 2009 1:04 pm

    Such a shame.. Is that what voting for the Flyers does to people? 🙂
    I had to stay up and see who won though, since I had to update my Budaj-Raycroft statistics afterwards.

    If that’s the case, they were ill-advised. The only reason to start a fight against Anaheim is to beat the f*ckers up!

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