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Game Recap: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

Posted in Game Previews with tags , , on January 22, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Johan Hedberg (5-10-1) for the New Jersey Devils vs. Brian Boucher (11-5-2) for the FLYERS

1ST PERIOD

–  Henrik Tallinder scores through a screen just over five minutes into the game to put the suddenly red-hot Devils in front 1-0.

–  Patrik Elias nets his 11th of the season through Brian Boucher’s five-hole.  Mike Fayne and Brian Rolston picked up the assists.

 

2ND PERIOD

–  James van Riemsdyk (12) redirects a Claude Giroux centering pass to pull the Flyers within one with less than a minute left in the period.  Mike Richards with the other assist.

 

3RD PERIOD

–  After the Flyers desperately pulled Brian Boucher in favor of the extra attacker, Patrik Elias slipped past the Flyers defense and deposited the puck into the empty net, giving the Devils an insurmountable 3-1 lead with less than a minute left.

 

Devils 3, Flyers 1

Flyers were 0 for 3 on the PP, Devils were 1 for 4.

Shots were 27-22 in favor of the Flyers.

ESPN.com: The Atlantic is the NHL’s 3rd Best Division

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

RANKING THE NHL’S SIX DIVISIONS – THE CROSS CHECKS BLOG

…The two divisions ranked ahead of the Atlantic – the Central and Pacific (both in the West) – are very deserving of their placement.  The Central is ranked first, and is flat-out loaded, boasting the defending Cup Champs in Chicago, as well as perennial  Cup contenders Detroit.  The division also has St. Louis and the always impressive Nashville Predators, two teams that seem to look destined for playoff action for the foreseeable future.

The Atlantic is definitely brought down this season, because the Islanders and Devils have been downright awful.  In past seasons, the Flyers, Rangers, Pens, and Devils seem to always each have a chance in their own right.  This season, the Flyers and Pens look to be at the class of the East, with the Rangers literally inches behind them.  The strength of these three teams is going to make for some exciting inter-divisional matchups in the near future.  Let’s just hope the Flyers come out on top.

Watch: Lisa Hillary Reports From Philly After Flyers Win

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on September 22, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

CSNPhilly.com has posted a post-game video featuring new Flyers beat reporter Lisa Hillary.

Hillary brings a wealth of hockey knowledge to Philly

In case you have been living under a rock this off-season, the Flyers made some media personnel changes for this upcoming season concerning their main media affiliate, Comcast SportsNet.  John Boruk was relieved of his Flyers reporting duties and instead has taken on a position as a full-time anchor at the station.  To fill the void left by Boruk’s permanent move to the desk, CSN Philly brought in a woman from CSN Mid-Atlantic named Lisa Hillary.  Hillary, who has spent the last few seasons with CSN in D.C. covering the Washington Capitals, now moves into an actual hockey market and is in for a fun year.  So far, the little I have seen of Hillary has impressed me, but I’ve attached this clip below for you to take a look at.  Feel free to comment and leave your opinions on the newest member of the Flyers family.

Check out the clip here:

http://www.csnphilly.com//pages/video_v3

Also, be sure to follow Hillary on Twitter: @LisaHillary

Game Recap: Flyers vs New Jersey Devils

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , on September 21, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Flyers defeat New Jersey 4-3 in a shootout.  Here are my thoughts:

– James van Riemsdyk is showing zero signs of a Sophomore slump.  The weight added was obvious tonight and he’ll be able to use his size and speed to be incredibly effective.

-Danny Briere’s game-tying goal was eerily similar to his goal against New Jersey last year in the playoffs.  The difference?  In the long run, this one meant nothing.  Check that out here:

– Michael Leighton wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t all that great either.  Made some nice saves, second goal was weak.  In my opinion, first and third goals were out of his realm of control.

– Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Nik Zherdev looked VERY good tonight as a trio.  Could be lethal this season.

Jeff Carter showed signs of a productive season ahead with his play tonight

– Sergei Bobrovsky for Vezina.

– Jody Shelley (draw) and Matt Walker (loss) both fought in the game tonight.  Each was long, drawn out, and not all that entertaining.

– The Wells Fargo Center just looks and sounds weird.

– Bill Guerin found his legs in the later stages of the third period, but I wasn’t all that impressed.  That said, he better still make this team.

– Sean O’Donnell is going to be a great stay-at-home guy on the back-end this season.

– There were zero young players on the Devils that impressed me.  Zero.

– However, Ben Holmstrom played a pretty solid game.

– So did Darroll Powe and Claude Giroux.

– 1-0-0 in the preseason.  The season is officially here baby!

GAME PREVIEW: Preseason – Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on September 21, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Game: The Philadelphia Flyers unofficially kick off their 2010-2011 schedule as they open their preseason slate tonight against the New Jersey Devils in South Philadelphia at the newly renamed Wells Fargo Center.

The preseason in the National Hockey League presents an opportunity for Head Coach Peter Laviolette to get a look at a slew of players all attempting to earn his respect and make this Flyers roster.  The group that hits the ice for the Flyers tonight will be far different from the one that came out on the ice last June, if for no other reason that this is going to be largely a group of no-names and players that want to prove themselves at the National Hockey League level.

The Story: The last time the Flyers and Devils went head to head in National Hockey League competition, Ian Laperriere was blocking shots with his face, Brian Boucher was pitching a shutout, and the Flyers were heading on to round two after upsetting the second-seeded Devils four games to one, and winning the series finale on the Devils home ice.  There won’t be much lingering rivalry from that game because the preseason is a different animal.  Expect a lot of physical play and intensity, but not in the form of retribution – rather just so certain players can try and be noticed while on the ice.

Who to Watch on the Devils: A rookie, any rookie.

There are going to be so many players on the ice trying to make a name for themselves, that as a hockey fan it’s fun to just sit back and watch while wondering who may actually pan out for either team.  Personally, I like to watch the rookies, and see if they are overwhelmed by their first NHL experience that isn’t a Rookie Camp scrimmage.  The physical ones usually appeal to me the most, but we’ll see if any rooks bring the dangles tonight.

The Skinny: This is my first game preview of the season, and because I am doing it for no other reason than I can’t contain my excitement that the Flyers are back, I am filling in this part.  It’s the preseason here, people.  There is no rivalry between either of these teams except in the name of the teams themselves.  It’s going to just be exciting to watch these boys go at it tonight.

Notes: Peter Laviolette has said Michael Leighton will get the start tonight in net for the Devils.  Here’s hoping it goes smoothly.  Midway through the game, Leighton will be replaced by newly touted rookie phenom Sergei Bobrovsky, who will then tend net the remainder of the game.  Both Jody Shelley and Matt Walker, two new players to Philadelphia, will be in the Flyers’ line-up tonight.  Hopefully Nik Zherdev will make an appearance as well.  Game is on NHL Network.  I apologize for the half-assed preview, but, like I said, it’s the preseason.  When the regular season rolls around, I’ll kick it up a notch as well.  HOCKEY IS BACK! LET’S GO FLYERS!

Updates: Wednesday Evening to Determine Flyers’ Playoff Foe

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Philadelphia Flyers have been into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since defeating the New Jersey Devils last Thursday.  They’ll finally find out where they will head for Game One of their Conference SemiFinal series on Wednesday night.

Briere won the Flyers' home-opener in OT vs. Washington this year

Of the four Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series’ that began two weeks ago, only one series continues to solider on.  Coincidentally, that series has a direct correlation to the Flyers’ second round opponent.  The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators four games to two, and last night the Boston Bruins eliminated the Buffalo Sabres by the same count in Beantown.  The Montreal Canadiens, however, would not die at the hands of the Washington Capitals, as they used Jaroslav Halak’s 50+save effort to force a decisive Game Seven Wednesday night in Washington.

The scenarios are simple, and for once, they don’t look too horrible for the Flyers and their fans.  First of all, the most important point: the Boston win guarantees the Flyers will not face Pittsburgh in the second round.  As far as Wednesday is concerned, here are the scenarios:

1) A Washington win in Game 7 means that the Flyers will travel to our nation’s captial for their Eastern Conference SemiFinals series.  The Bruins will head to the Steel City to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2) A Montreal win in Game 7 means that the Flyers will head to Beantown to take on the Boston Bruins in the second round, while the Canadiens will head to the Pittsburgh and play the Penguins.

Will Round 2 feature a Winter Classic rematch?

…It’s hard to say which match-up would be better.  Obviously, if the Capitals are to advance past the Habs, there stands a strong chance their offense may begin to catch fire – which could be a very bad situation for the Flyers.  However, the struggles the Caps have had offensively could be amplified with the Flyers’ aggressive fore-check and strong penalty killing of late.  If the Orange and Black need to go to Boston, the situation is fishy.  In one respect, you’re certainly getting the worse of the two teams on paper between Washington and Boston.  However, on the other hand, Boston plays a similar style to the Flyers and would be getting back both Marc Savard and Denis Seidenberg for round two, so they would have an added confidence boost, while the Flyers will play without two of their top five forwards in Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne.

It’s easy to speculate now, but that’s about all we can do.  Caps-Flyers?  Bruins-Flyers?  One will happen, and it’ll be up for the Flyers to be ready for whichever team comes calling.

Series Recap: EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS – Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , , on April 24, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Philadelphia Flyers used a 3-0 victory in Game Five on Thursday night to oust the New Jersey Devils from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by a count of four games to one.  The Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series, in which the Devils were the East’s two-seed and the Flyers the East’s seventh, was the first series of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs to end, and to many it ended unexpectedly.  The Flyers used an unbelievably solid defensive effort to shut down some of the best collection of forwards in the game today en route to the convincing victory.  In the end, not even a ludicrous Ilya Kovalchuk Game Five guaranteed victory (a la Mark Messier) could save the Devils from their third first round exit in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in as many years.  With that being said, we’ll take one last look at this series, with a quick breakdown of four major points: 1)Series MVP, 2)Series Turning Point, 3)Why the Flyers won, 4)What Needs to Change in Round 2.

1) SERIES MVP: Chris Pronger, Defenseman.

First of all, I would completely understand the argument as to why Brian Boucher should be the MVP of this series.  It’s understandable and he was as good as he’s ever been in a Flyers uniform en route to the team getting past their Jersey Turnpike nemeses.  However, the impact of Chris Pronger on this series is simply not measurable.  He did everything for the Orange and Black in Round 1: blocked shots, eliminated scoring chances, took the body to the Devils’ top forwards, and even contributed often on the score sheet in many different occasions.  Coming into this series, many said that it was up the Flyers’ best players to lead by example, and Pronger did just that, as he propelled the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals for the second time in three seasons.  One thing that will always resonate with me from this series is that after Ilya Kovalchuk guaranteed a Game Five win for the Devils on Wednesday, Chris Pronger responded, when asked what he thought about the guarantee, simply, “Talk is cheap.”  Pronger, who has a Stanley Cup and multiple Gold Medals to his name, knows that on-ice performance outweighs off-ice chirping any day, and he proved that once again in this series.

2)  SERIES TURNING POINT: Dan Carcillo’s Game Four Goal.

Many will point to Carcillo’s overtime goal as giving the Flyers the emotional and physical edge in the series, as it gave Philadelphia a 2-1 series lead and happened on their home ice.  However, although the Flyers grabbed the lead in the series as a result of that goal, they grabbed a stranglehold as a result of Carci’s “weak” shot from below the circle in Game Four that slid through the legs of an unsuspecting Martin Brodeur and gave the Flyers a two goal cushion on home ice in the third period.  At that point, in that game, the wheels began to come off for New Jersey.  Only a goal down prior to Carcillo’s goal, there existed a nervous tension in the Wachovia Center that the Devils would strike and tie the game.  However, Carcillo took the game into his hands just practicing in the game what Peter Laviolette had preached: get shots to the Devils net and at Brodeur’s feet.  It worked, and the Flyers grabbed a 3-1 lead in a game that would eventually end up 4-1 in their favor.  The Devils imploded afterwards, taking some horrible penalties and allowing the Flyers to grab a commanding three games to one series lead on New Jersey.  We all know what happened in Game Five.

3) WHY THE FLYERS WON: Defense and Special Teams.

Cue the old cliché: “Defense wins championships.”  The Flyers proved that testament to a “T” in this series by making what had the potential to be an explosive Devils power play absolutely non-existent in nearly each of the five games.  The Flyers gave the Devils plenty of opportunities but operated under a tight forecheck system, and a high-pressure penalty kill.  The Devils could rarely get set up, and even if they could get some sort of pressure going, a shot was almost always blocked by a Flyers defender or snatched up by Brian Boucher, without the chance for a rebound.  Defensively, the Flyers did a great job of collapsing around Boucher, and forcing the Devils forwards to make something happen instead of letting things come to them.  Defense may win championships, but if it weren’t for the Flyers’ special teams play as well, this series may not have been won so easily.

4)WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE IN ROUND 2: Penalties, Penalties, Penalties.

The Flyers domination of this series is even more surprising given the fact that the Orange and Black seemingly had a constant parade to the penalty box going on that existed in each and every game.  Whether the calls made sense or not (and most of the time, sense is not involved), the Flyers seemingly always had a man in the box.  Their penalty kill bailed them out many a time in this series, but also proved to hurt them a bit in the long run: Simon Gagne will miss three weeks after breaking his big toe blocking a Brian Rolston slapper on the power play and Ian Laperriere left last night’s win after taking a Paul Martin slapshot directly to his face.  Rumors amongst Flyers beat writers are now saying Lappy may need surgery.  It’s assumed the Flyers opponent in round two will likely be the Washington Capitals.  If that is in fact the case, I can tell you right now the Flyers stand no chance if they take as many penalties in that series as they have in this one.  The Orange and Black took an astounding 37 trips to the penalty box in only five games, being shorthanded 32 times.  That’s nearly seven powerplays a game for the opposition.  Discipline will be key for the Flyers moving forward.  You can only dance the line for so long in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and get away with it.