#67: Flyers @ Maple Leafs - Thursday, Mar. 10, 2011 - 7:00 PM (ET)
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03-11-2011, 08:57 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC
Did others notice that the Flyers seemed to have worked on better puck possession and movement in their own zone? The unforced turnovers appeared to be much fewer than over the past 10-15 games. As well, it looked like they were relying less on one player to dangle through 3-4 opponents to gain the offensive zone. These have been puzzling to me over the latest stretch of games, particularly as Laviolette is such an adherent to puck possession.
1 for 2 on the PP, though the quick whistle prevented them from really taking advantage of the early 5-minute PP.
On the other hand, I thought they did better in faceoffs than they actually did. Giroux 5 for 13, Carter 3 for 4 (!), Brière 6 for 12, Richards 9 for 20, Betts 4 for 9, Leino 1 for 2 and Hartnell 0 for 1.
Defensively, there were a couple of stretches where they were bottled up in their own zone, and they obviously didn't do the young Gretzky exercise of reading where the puck is going, because they too often seem to be in the wrong position or on the wrong trajectory to pick off loose pucks. But the effort was much better, and I thought it was punctuated by completely clamping down on the Leafs over the final 1:30 when Reimer was off for an extra attacker. Zero chances and most of the time was played outside the Flyer zone.
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