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Flyers Beat Themselves In This One….

Philadelphia FlyersNJ 4 - Flyers 3 (SO) The Flyers beat themselves tonight plain and simple. The Flyers started out well and played a fairly strong first period. However, in the second and third periods, sloppy play, bad passes and too many defensive face off losses killed them. You can’t lose that many defensive face offs and it not bite you on the score sheet. Our defense looked, at times, like they wanted to take a nap and I didn’t see the hustle I saw in some of the previous games. The Flyers must work on cutting down on turnovers. You simply can’t “give” the puck to the opposition that many times. I know there are new faces again in the lineup like, Harry Zolnercyk being called up for VanRiemsdyk who was injured, and Andreas Nodl was back in tonight after having been a healthy scratch a couple games. But the effort wasn’t there tonight from a number of players.

There were only a few bright spots for the Flyers tonight. Zac Rinaldo scored his first NHL goal and followed it up with a breakaway that was stopped by Devils goalie Johan Hedberg. Of course the Giroux, Jagr, Hartnell line looked good. The pass across the Devils goal mouth from Jagr to Giroux, with Hartnell screening both the defense and goalie, was a sight to see. The play ended with Giroux roofing the puck for a goal. Sergei Bobrovsky cannot be blamed for this loss, Bob made some really nice saves tonight, but with lackluster play in front of him he really had no chance to win this one. Maxine Talbot’s penalty shot goal was brilliant. Talbot started out slow swinging wide right crossing the blue line, then skating right to left across the front of the goal, pulling Hedberg with him across the crease when he put the puck between his pads for a goal. The Flyers squeaked out a point in this one, so its not a total loss.

Kick Saves….

Patrick Kaleta suspended 4 games by NHL for hit on Flyers Jakub Voracek.
Remember my whine about Patrick Kaleta of Buffalo running around hitting late and being his typical dirty self? Well Brendan Shanahan must have seen what I saw. Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek was along the boards in a fight with Kaleta for the puck. Kaleta backed away took a couple steps ducked his head and came up with a serious head butt to Voracek. Now you’ll be shocked to know neither of the refs saw what happened and there was no penalty on the play. Here’s to the NHL getting this one right, regardless of the refs.

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