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Game Recap: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , on January 21, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

Brian Elliott (12-16-6) for the Ottawa Senators vs. Sergei Bobrovsky (18-6-3) for the FLYERS.

1ST PERIOD

–  Danny Briere (25) continues his torrid play of late, taking an Andrej Meszaros pass and ripping a slapper from the top of the right circle and over Elliott’s shoulder for the 1-0 lead.  Sean O’Donnell with the secondary assist.
–  Just a little over two minutes later, Mike Richards (16) redirects a Braydon Coburn shot past Elliott to make the score 2-0 in favor of the home team.  Andreas Nodl picked up the secondary assist.

2ND PERIOD

–  Late in the second period on the Power Play, Richards (17) nets his second of the game after toying with Elliott to put the Flyers comfortably in front 3-0.  Chris Pronger got an assist – his first point since returning in this game from a broken foot suffered in mid-December, as did Kimmo Timonen.

–  Ottawa finally gets on the board after peppering the Flyers for most of the second period, when Milan Michalek steals an errant Timonen pass and breaks in alone, beating Bobrovsky glove side.  Jarrko Ruutu picks up the assist.  3-1 Flyers.

–  With less than a minute left in the frame, Nick Foligno capitalizes on a breakdown in front of the Flyers goal, and slips past a backhander in the crease to make it 3-2 Flyers.  Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson registered the assists.


3RD PERIOD

–  The Hartnell-Leino-Briere line struck again, as Hartnell (16) slammed home a rebound in front of Elliott and the Flyers opened back up a 2-goal lead. Leino and Briere with the assists.  The assist for Briere was his 100th as a Flyer.

–  The Flyers continued to distance their lead when a rebound off a Mike Richards shot tricked right to James van Riemsdyk (11), who deposited the puck into the vacant area of the net.  Richards and Pronger with the helpers.

–  The scoring was capped off on another rebound goal, this one by Andrej Meszaros (3), as he ripped a slap shot while falling down from the top of the left circle to give the Flyers an insurmountable 6-2 lead.  Claude Giroux and Richards picked up assists.

Flyers 6, Ottawa 2

Shots were 27-23 in favor of Ottawa.

The Flyers went 2 for 4 on the PP, Sens were 0 for 3.

As for the penalties and scraps that came about in the third period, I’ll let this do the talking (click on the picture):

Brian Elliot is Struggling

Posted in Flyer Thoughts, Game Previews with tags , , on January 20, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

“Flyers G-Sergei Bobrovsky faces Ottawa’s G-Brian Elliot tonight. Elliot has lost NINE straight. Ouch.”
– Ryan Bright (@philabright)

Ottawa has been a team in limbo this entire season. They came into the year with an outside chance to contend in what looked like – and has remained to be – a wide open Eastern Conference, but they just haven’t got it together. They have been struck by injuries in a big way, and they also haven’t gotten the goaltending they did en route to a 5th place finish last season.

Elliot has been injured on and off this season, and his losses surely haven’t encouraged any quick progression in his recoveries from injuries to getting back on the ice. It’s obvious Elliot will lack a ton of confidence mentally, and it’s important to continue to kick his psyche while it’s down. The Flyers need to get pucks on Elliot early tonight, and force him to come out of his net and make plays. Shoot from all angles, and be sure to give him the nightly Flyers dose of a healthy crashing of the net. That should spell good things for the Flyers tonight.

GAME PREVIEW: Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators

Posted in Game Previews with tags , on November 15, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Game: The Philadelphia Flyers look to make it three in a row tonight when they welcome in the Ottawa Senators to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.

The Flyers defeated the Florida Panthers by a 5-2 final on Saturday night, giving them their second win in a row after an 8-1 drubbing of the Carolina Hurricanes last Thursday.  The Flyers are currently sitting in first place in the Atlantic Division, and in second place in the Eastern Conference having 22 points to their name.  The Orange and Black are currently playing some of their best hockey of this young season, going 9-0-1 in their last ten games and bringing their record to 11-4-2 overall.  The Senators have been surprisingly strong in the early goings, as well.  Ottawa enters tonight with a 9-7-1 record, and are four points behind Montreal for the top spot in the Northeast Division.  The Flyers take on the Habs tomorrow night.

The Story: The Philadelphia Flyers have been able to carry over the momentum they developed during last year’s Stanley Cup Final run into this season, and have thusfar looked like the true defending Conference champs, in that they certainly look like “the team” to beat in the East.  The Ottawa Senators were a few bounces away from eliminating last year’s defending Cup champs in the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2009 playoffs, losing to Pittsburgh four games to two, after squandering a 3-0 lead on their home ice in Game Six to blow a shot at a potential game seven (sound familiar, Flyers fans?).  Still, the Sens have come out incredibly strong this year, and are riding the wave of Brian Elliot, who has won five straight starts in net for Ottawa.  After two weaker opponents in Carolina and Florida, this Senators team will provide an interesting task for the Flyers this evening. 

Who to Watch on the Senators: Brian Elliott, Goaltender.

Elliott may be the next big goaltender in Ottawa

The main question coming into this season with Ottawa was simply how they would be able to put anyone in net who even had the remote ability of stopping a puck.  It turns out, Brian Elliott was tired of hearing those statements, and decided he’d just put them to rest before they got out of hand.  Elliot, as I said above, is in the midst of a five-game winning streak, which has vaulted Ottawa back into the Eastern Conference’s playoff picture.  During his win-streak, Elliott boasts .953 save percentage, which tells you just about all you need to know when wondering if the wins are a result of his play, or the defensive play of those around him.  The talent on Ottawa has never been denied, but the question as to whether or not their goaltending could hold up has always been Flyers-esque.  Now, however, Elliott is giving reason to believe in Canada’s capital city, and the Sens are definitely becoming a scary team in a very wide-open Eastern Conference. 

The Skinny: This is the first meeting between the Flyers and the Senators this season.  Last year, the Senators really had the Flyers’ number going 3-1-0 against Philadelphia, and outscoring the Orange and Black by a total of 12-9.  The goal totals in that statistic are a little misleading, however, as the majority of the Flyers’ goal output came from the first meeting between the two sides: a 5-1 drubbing of Ottawa by the Orange and Black.  After that game, it was all Sens all the time, outscoring the Flyers 11-4, and winning three straight contests. 

Notes: Tim Panaccio is reporting that Sergei Bobrovsky will once again get the start in net tonight.  The Senators will likely continue to ride the hot hand of Brian Elliott, meaning he’ll likely be tending the Ottawa net tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.  This is the first of back-to-back games for the Flyers to begin this week, as they will travel to Montreal immediately after tonight’s game to take on the Canadiens tomorrow night.  As for tonight’s contest, it’s a 7:00 PM EST puck drop. 

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Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on November 15, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

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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.

Game Recap: Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators

Posted in Game Summaries with tags , on March 23, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Tonight was a rare occasion that I missed a Flyers game.  Like the last game I missed – a March 3rd loss to the Florida Panthers – I’m pretty happy I didn’t witness tonight’s debacle.

The Flyers came out flat, again.  They failed to dictate any type of pressure in the first period, and let the Senators grab control loosely of the game off a Chris Kelly goal midway through the first period.  They were unable to execute on what was a pivotal five on three on two occasions throughout the course of the game and were also the recipients of some horrendous officiating throughout.

Say what you will about the Flyers not coming to play for the full 60 minutes, or about the inconsisent goaltending and questionable line manuevers, but it will also always hurt a team when the National Hockey League officials blatantly make calls against your team.  The fact that Simon Gagne is  assessed a game misconduct is an immediate, dead-on give away that your team is being shafted by officiating.  Perhaps it’s not intentional that the referees appear to be so one-sided, but it’s hard to argue with the evidence (Gags penalty, goal call reversed, etc).

My game recap is going to end here because it’s hard to summarize something you didn’t see.  If you have any comments on the game you’d like to share, feel free to comment below.  Hopefully the Flyers can get it together for Thursday against Minnesota, although that will not be any easier as the Wild will be revving up the intensity as they too are racing for a playoff spot.

Stay tuned for some analysis tomorrow.

GAME PREVIEW: Flyers vs. Ottawa Senators

Posted in Game Previews with tags , on March 23, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Game: Last week, the Flyers lost their top goaltender, Michael Leighton, for the remainder of the regular season as a result of high ankle sprain.  Yesterday, the team learned that they would be without their top scorer, forward Jeff Carter, for the final ten games on the schedule.  Carter has a non-displaced fracture in his left foot.  While things look bad now, the Flyers are well aware they could get infinitely worse tonight as they travel north of the border to take on the Ottawa Senators at ScotiaBanque Place.

The Senators currently hold the East’s fifth seed, with the Flyers immediately behind them in the six slot, and two points back.  A win tonight would flip-flop the two clubs, but an Ottawa win would certainly make things tough on the Flyers for the stretch run.  The Senators haven’t exactly been on fire since the Olympic break, going 2-7-1 in their last ten contests.  However, while the Sens have struggled, the Flyers haven’t been all that much better.  The Orange and Black are just 4-4-2 in their last ten and are searching for far more answers than they will be able to find as they enter their final ten games on the regular season slate tonight.

The Story: The Senators have struggled as a group recently but are coming off a very convincing victory last night at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens.  The Habs were tied with both the Flyers and the Sens for the East’s fifth seed coming into last night’s action, but the Ottawa victory bumped them back to the seventh seed in the East.  The Flyers, meanwhile, are coming off a home-and-home sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers, a club that has pulled within one point of the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.  They had a porous road trip, going 1-2-1 in the four game swing, and are facing dire straits as they hit the ice this week for four incredibly difficult contests.  It’s simple for the Flyers – a win tonight puts them right back in the thick of things.  Another loss simply adds to the growing concern and sudden possibility that, yes, this team could conceivably miss the playoffs.

Who to Watch on the Senators: Daniel Alfredsson, Center.

Alfredsson has been one of the top players in the league for the past decade

It’s no secret that Alfredsson is one of the more talented players in the NHL – it’s been a known fact since the Senators center won Rookie of the Year way back in 1995.  Another one of the Swedish greats, Alfredsson is once again basically on a point-a-game average for Ottawa this season.  The veteran missed some time for the Senators after sustaining an injury earlier this year, but through 61 games he’s still been able to score 17 goals and add 43 assists.  He works incredibly well with whomever he’s placed with and is absolutely lethal on the powerplay. Another thing to note about Alfredsson is the fact that his size is severely underestimated.  Yes, he isn’t the biggest guy on the ice at 5’11”, but the Senators’ captain is one of the toughest players to knock off the puck in the NHL, as his 205 pound frame is 100% muscle.  He works really well beneath the goal line, and it’s only reasonable to expect Alfredsson to be raring to go tonight as the Flyers come calling for a playoff-atmosphere match-up.

The Skinny: The Flyers started out magnificently this season against Ottawa, but after that the wheels against the Senators promptly came off.  The Flyers defeated Ottawa in the first meeting between the two clubs in ’09-’10 by a score of 5-1, but have since dropped the two most recent decisions to the Senators by scores of 2-0 and 7-4.  Tonight marks the final game of the season between the two clubs and it is imperative for each of them to win it.  The catch, of course (cue-ing my inner John Madden here) is that in the end, one time will win and one team will lose.  The Senators are going to want this game, bad.  The Flyers need to want it more.  They can’t fall back on the injury excuse – Boston is without their best player and has managed to keep their heads afloat thusfar.  The Flyers need to follow suit, go out tonight in Ottawa and take care of business.  That’s what they need to do; it’s up to them to determine if they actually will.

Notes: Brian Boucher will get the start tonight again for the Flyers but he may not start every game this week, because Johan Backlund has joined the Flyers after spending the last few days injured.  Jeremy Duchesne has been sent back down to Adirondack to make room for Backlund’s arrival.  The Sens will either start Brian Elliot or Pascal Leclaire in goal tonight.  Elliot keyed the Sens to a shutout win last night against Montreal, but both have had their struggles recently so it’s hard to say who will be in the net.

The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:30 PM EST at ScotiaBanque Place in Ottawa and Jim Jackson, Bill Clement, and Steve Coates calling the game on Comcast SportsNet.