I'm not going to argue with that. strange though that Bob finally gets one when there have been many other games he stood on his head and this one was only really tested near the end. Good for him though. I'm very calm when he is in net for us.
Tonight was a true team effort. Forwards handled their defensive responsibilities well and the defensemen had another outstanding game. The competition for the stars tonight was less obvious than in past game solely because it was a solid victory and a true measure of the direction that Laviolette wants this team headed.
1st period wasn't much going on, though some firewagon hockey going back and forth. Rangers hit a post, Flyers too I believe. One of the Rangers (Dubinsky?) went head first into the boards at one point. Looked like Kimmo pushed him a bit. MSG announcers were all over it.
2nd period opens with the Rangers scoring on the PP on a rebound that perfectly went on the stick. Flyers pretty much stood around on that PK though. Flyers answer back with Giroux making an unbelievable spinning backhand pass right on the tape of a wide open Richards (go find the highlight, it's worth it). Later Betts scores after a steal created from Hartnell's tremendous backcheck pressure. Third goal for the Flyers comes from an bizarre bounce off Lundqvist's chest when Zherdev shot it at him almost from the goal line.
Third period starts with Carcillo making somewhat of a charging hit on Fedotenko, no penalty though. Flyers later get the power play and Pronger rams one home from the blue line. A bad call also had Welwood get 2 minutes for goalie interference, despite him being pretty much tripped by a Rangers defender.
Lots of bizarre and strange calls tonight. A few fights. One between Shelley and Boogard (Shelley lost), and one between Carcillo and Prust, which I thought was a draw.
Overall the Flyers pretty much dominated the game. They held the Rangers to 21 shots, a season low for them. Giroux had 2 assists which gave him his 4th 2-point game in the last 5. Hartnell got an assist on the Pronger goal, which gives him 9 points in the last 9 games. Rest of the team played great as well.
A shot from an impossible angle - this one taken by the Flyers' Nik Zherdev - deflects off the goalie's stick, plops over his shoulder, and goes into the net.
When things are going well . . .
Blair Betts, not known for his offensive play, steals the puck from a defenseman, makes a deft move on New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and backhands his own rebound into the goal.
When things are going well . . .
Claude Giroux, who is becoming the face of the franchise, makes a ridiculously difficult pass from the side boards that Mike Richards one-times into the net for a power-play goal.
All of these things happened in the second period Thursday night, sparking the Flyers to their fifth straight victory, a 4-1 conquest of the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Rookie sensation Sergei Bobrovsky (7-2), serenaded with "Bob" chants in the third period, made 20 saves as he notched his fifth straight win.
The Flyers' sizzling power play, which added a third-period score from Chris Pronger, went 2 for 5 and is 9 for 28 (32.1 percent) during the five-game winning streak.
The Flyers' Dan Carcillo appeared to elbow Ruslan Fedontenko to the jaw as the Ranger was falling to the ice in the third period. No penalty was called, but the Flyers hope he isn't disciplined by the league.
Why did O'D get more time than Timonen? Was Kimmo hurt?
Not that I know off. O'Donnell and Meszaros had a really good game though. Both were +2. Perhaps Lavy let them have some more ice time in the 3rd when the game was out of reach, and let Kimmo rest a bit.