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11-09-2003, 07:19 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Originally Posted by
John Flyers Fan
At that level of competition you can't afford to have
bad games from your goaltender.
I'm not saying that we lost the series because of Cechmanek, but he definitely played a big part.
When your team is not as skilled, or as healthy as the other tea your goalie needs to help you out.
The Flyers had just played a great game 4, perhaps the best checking job I've ever witnessed and evened the series at two a piece.
Flyers then go up to a raucus Correl Center, and score in the first minute and take the crowd out of the game. 7 minutes or so later Cechmanek gives up one of the weakest goals you'll ever see to Smolinski, which turned the game and the series around.
Cechmanek could no longer be trusted.
Only time wil tell of Esche or Hackett earn the trust this spring.
We lost the series because Ottawa is a much better team. They out skated, out hit, out scored and flat-out outplayed us.
Only way we were getting past them is if Cechmanek put on a Roy-esque performance. He didn't, now he is gone.
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