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Watch: “Comeback,” the latest in the “History Will Be Made” Series

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on March 24, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Video courtesy of MrFlyerGuy

…May 14, 2010.  I’ll never forget the day: I was at the viewing party at the Wells Fargo Center with 15,000 of my closest friends and it was quite a party when that final buzzer sounded.

 

Inquirer: Too Many Defensive Lapses the Reason for Loss to Boston

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , , on January 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

THE DEFENSE RESTS

…And in the matter of good news, Chris Pronger skated today.  After that defensive display last night, his return is now more anticipated than ever.

CSNPhilly: Recap of Loss to Boston

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , , on January 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

FLYERS LOSE BACK-AND-FORTH BATTLE TO BRUINS

 

Game Recap: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , , on January 13, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Tim Thomas (19-4-6) for the Boston Bruins vs. Brian Boucher (10-4-2) for the FLYERS.

1ST PERIOD:

–  Scott Hartnell opens the scoring 3:34 into the first period, netting his fifteenth of the season, with the assists coming from Danny Briere and Ville Leino

–  Zdeno Chara answers back on the PP, tallying his seventh of the year to draw the game even at 1 with less than 2 minutes left in the frame

2ND PERIOD:

–  Patrice Bergeron tips in a shot just over 30 seconds in to make it 2-1 Boston

–  Nikolay Zherdev goes from the press box to the score sheet, scoring his 14th of the season to tie things up

–  Jeff Carter puts the Orange and Black in from for the second time in the game, with less than a minute left in the period.  His 17th.

3RD PERIOD:

–  Mark Recchi (9) and Michael Ryder (12) score 70 seconds apart to give the lead back to Boston

–  Danny Briere (23) and SEAN O’DONNELL (1) score less than a minute apart to give the lead back to the Flyers

–  Brad Marchand scores a goal that should never have counted to even the game at 5.

–  The Bruins score the final two goals of the game to make it a 7-5 final.

 

Shots were 37-35 in favor of the Bruins.

Bruins were 1 for 5 on the PP, Flyers were 0 for 1.

CSNNE: Lucic to Miss Game vs. Flyers Tonight

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on January 13, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Lucic has been diagnosed with what is said to be an “upper body injury” and will miss his second consecutive game against the Flyers tonight.  He suffered the injury in the 3rd period of a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night.

Updates: Flyers Reportedly Have Interest In Thomas

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Let me preface this post with a simple statement: If the Flyers acquire Tim Thomas tonight at the draft in a trade, it will be a horrible, horrible thing.

I don’t care that Thomas won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best netminder a couple years back, and I don’t care that he has the best save percentage in the NHL over the past three seasons.  All of that is irrelevant to me.  Instead, what irks me most about the possibility of a deal involving the Boston Bruins goaltender is that Thomas has no youth, no upside, and currently sits on the bench in Boston as a 36-year-old back-up to a young phenom the Flyers saw a lot of during the playoffs in Tuukka Rask.

Did you miss the most important part of that last blurb I wrote?

Will Tim Thomas get dealt to the Flyers? Please, Dear God, No.

HE IS THIRTY-SIX YEARS OLD!

What in the world could the Flyers possibly see as the advantage of getting Thomas on board for two, maybe three seasons?  The Flyers have been down this road before, opting way back when to go with John Vanbiesbrouck instead of either Mike Richter or Curtis Joseph in the free agent market.  The Beezer was older than both of those guys.  How did that turn out?  I suppose at this juncture of the post it’s about time I make note as to the man I want in Orange and Black.  The cheaper option, the better option, and, perhaps most importantly, the “franchise goaltender” option.

Of course, I’m talking about Jonathan Quick from the Los Angeles Kings.  He’s the one I want, and need in Philadelphia.  He’s guy I want to wear the Flyers’ crest across his chest next season, stopping pucks at the Wachovia (Wells Fargo) Center.  And if I were Paul Holmgren, I’d be doing anything and everything in my capability to acquire him.  If that means Jeff Carter and the Flyers’ first pick of this draft (3rd round, 89th overall) to LA for Quick, so be it.  The Flyers need a franchise goaltender, and now they have the unusual opportunity to get him.  Instead, however, they continue to go on about Tim Thomas and the fact that they are interested in him.

The Last part of this tweet by Sam Carchidi last night calmed my nerves a bit last night, but who really knows at this point.

Where do you go now, Flyers? With the old man in the present, or the young gun for the present and the future?

Something tells me, for better or for worse, we’re going to find out tonight. Gulp.

Check out Tim Panaccio’s piece on the situation here: SOURCES: FLYERS INQUIRE ABOUT BOSTON GOALIE THOMAS

Series Recap: EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS – Flyers vs. Boston Bruins

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , , on May 15, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Philadelphia Flyers became only the fourth team in professional sports history to overcome a 0-3 deficit in a best of seven series and win it last night in Boston, joining the likes of the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders, and the 2004 Boston Red Sox.  The series was a tale of two halves: in the first three games, the Bruins came out on top.  They weren’t necessarily a better team, but they still were a team that was making things happen when they needed to, while the Flyers simply weren’t dictating the play enough.  Then, of course, something happened along the way and the Flyers turned the tides, taking the final four games of the series to complete the monumental comeback.  Just like we did after the end of round one, we’ll take a look at the same points in this post that shaped the Flyers’ second round series against the Boston Bruins.  We will break it down into four major points: 1)Series MVP, 2)Series Turning-Point, 3)Why the Flyers won, 4)What Needs to Change in Round 3.

1)  SERIES MVP: Simon Gagne, Left Wing.

What can you say about Gagne?  The guy gave his heart, soul, and body to push the Flyers into the next round, and has earned my Series MVP honor despite only playing in four of the seven possible games.  After returning in Game Four from a foot injury he sustained after blocking a shot in Round One, Gagne led the Flyers’ offensive charge in a big way in Round number Two.  In four games, Gagne had five points (4 G, 1 A) and was the main reason why the Flyers even had a breath in this series in the first place.  He scored some gigantic goals: the OT winner in Game Four, and the series clincher in Game Seven, and logged a gutsy amount of ice time for basically playing on a foot and a half.  Simon lead by example in Round Two and for that, he is my choice for Series MVP.

2)  SERIES TURNING POINT: Mike Richards drops David Krejci in Game Three, Krejci dislocates his wrist.

Even though the Bruins came back to win Game Three and at that time take a commanding 3-0 series lead, David Krejci’s injury would be felt severely for the Bruins throughout the rest of the series.  When it happened, I was quick to say that it was a gigantic loss for Boston and that it would hurt them the longer this series extended.  Turns out, I was right.  It all happened in the first period of Game Three, when Krejci was coming up the middle of the ice with the puck when he was met by the freight-train of Mike Richards.  The Flyers captain leveled Krejci so hard that he dislocated the centerman’s wrist, rendering him out for the remainder of the series.  From that point forward, the void of Krejci’s offensive ability was clearly visible and even more so unfulfilled by the Bruins.  They failed to generate any real kind of offense, and after scoring four times in Game Four without Krejci, only mustered four goals in the final three games without their offensively gifted centerman.  Many will say that Gagne’s return sparked the Flyers’ comeback, but if Krejci was still in the line-up I believe that a Gagne return would’ve been for naught.

3)  WHY THE FLYERS WON: Heart and Resiliency.

The two terms are, quite frankly, way overstated in the sports world today, but that won’t hold me back from giving this Flyers team those two adjectives to their name.  It’s one thing to complete a comeback, but the way the Flyers did it in this series is simply remarkable.  They were down 0-3.  In Game Four, with their season on the line, they give up a game-tying goal with 38 seconds left in the game to send the contest into OT, where they would – thankfully – win it.  They had to then play two of their final three games in Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden, a place that, at the time, Boston hadn’t lost a game in this postseason (5-0) and a city that the Flyers hadn’t won a playoff game in since 1975-’76.  Still, the Orange and Black blanked the Bruins 4-0 in Game Five, responded to the Bruins charge in Philadelphia and held off the B’s 2-1, and finally took care of business last night, overcoming a 3-0 lead for Boston in the game to win it 4-3.  Truly remarkable, and, quite frankly, words don’t do it justice.  Except for Heart and Resiliency.  Those kind of work.

4)  WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE IN ROUND THREE: The Mental Lapses.

Far too often this series, it seemed like Boston would suddenly start buzzing in the Flyers’ end.  They would do so with a purpose, and quite often they would do so without any warning.  It was usually off a Flyers miscue: a bad pass, too much hesitation with the puck, or looking to take the body instead of playing the black disc.  While it’s certainly hard not to cave into the immense amount of pressure that surrounds both the Flyers and their respective opponent at this juncture of the playoffs, it’s also imperative to not let it be a deciding factor in games.  The Flyers limited their mental lapses down the stretch in this series, but the lapses were also in high occurrence during the beginning of this series, and were a big reason the Flyers fell down 0-3 in the first place.