Archive for Mike G. Morreale

Bobrovsky Has Plenty of Doutbers and is Doing His Best to Silence Them

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on March 25, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

BOBROVSKY ATTEMPTING TO SILENCE HIS CRITICS IN PHILADELPHIA

…I am a “Bob Believer.”  I said it after the Washington loss, and although he validated my thoughts with his performance against Pittsburgh, it would’ve been nice to have seen the Flyers pick him up on the offensive end a bit.

People need to get used to the idea of Bob being in net, quite simply because he is the future at this point as far as goaltenders are concerned, and, unless there’s an unforeseen injury or complete mental breakdown, he’ll be in net for the Flyers’ first playoff game in mid-April.  I was extremely encouraged by how he played last night, and I can only hope he’ll carry it over into one of the two games this weekend – assuming that Brian Boucher handles one of the back-to-backs on Saturday and Sunday.  Look for Bobrovsky to start against the Islanders – just a gut feeling.

Updates: “Big Ville Style”

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on May 19, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Leino has gotten his chance and is making he most of it

It’s hard to imagine that all it took for Ville Leino to become a Philadelphia Flyer was a fifth round draft pick and a minor league defenseman (Ole-Kristian Tollefsen).  Still, that is the trade that General Manager Paul Holmgren executed shortly before the Olympic break to bring the one time Finnish elite league MVP to Philadelphia.

Today, Mike G. Morreale has an article up on NHL.com about the Flyers latest excelling member of their supporting cast and how well Leino has performed since being given a change in NHL scenery, and a spot in the Philadelphia line-up.  In the piece, it talks about how Leino has transitioned from being counted on to be a more physical player in Detroit to just sticking to his guns of finesse and play-making in Philadelphia.  While he does still take the body from time to time, it’s easy to see that Leino is much more comfortable when he’s stickhandling in the offensive zone than when he is trying to take out someone in the corner.  Last night, Leino had a goal and an assist, another two-point night for the Finn, and helped lead the Flyers to a 2-0 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens in the two teams’ best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals.

Take a look at Morreale’s article here: LEINO HAS FOUND FLYERS’ STYLE TO HIS LIKING

Updates: Richards Earning His ‘C’

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on May 13, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

After contributing a goal, an assist, and yet another stellar effort all-around last night, Mike Richards has once again proved his worth to both Flyers fans and the rest of the NHL as a true captain at this level.  Today, NHL.com’s Mike G. Morreale has more on the Flyers captain.

Richards celebrates his first period goal in Game Six

In the article, Morreale discusses how the man who wears the ‘C’ in Orange and Black land has been an absolute “Pain in the ass to play against,” as Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was quoted as saying.  Richards has evolved into a completely different player this year than we have seen in the past.  He looks inspired, and, perhaps most importantly, he looks as if he wants to will his team to victory so bad that he quite simply will not let them lose.  Now, he has one more game to win before the Flyers can make it to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in three seasons, but the first appearance for the team in which Richards is the captain.

For that opportunity to present itself, the Flyers will have to take their place in sports lore, and become only the third NHL team to come back from down 0-3 in a best-of-seven playoff series.  Expect the captain to make sure his team at least has a fighter’s chance.

Check out Morreale’s column here: RICHARDS’ INSPIRATION CONTINUES TO BE FELT BY FLYERS