This will be tough. I think they'll be coming out really inspired and we'll be facing an onslaught the first 5-10 minutes. If we come out of that ok, I like our chances. We'll win this 3-2. Giroux, JvR and Brière with our goals.
March 11, 2006 -- Mike Grier scored with 4.6 seconds leftin Buffalo's 6-5 win at Philly. It was the first time in the last 31 regular season games in this series that at least one of the teams was held to two goals or less. Buffalo outshot Philly 39-21 including 14-1 in the third period. Ryan Miller (15 saves, 20 shots) was replaced by Martin Biron (1 shot, 1 save) for the third period. The Flyers led 2-0 after one period and 5-4 through two periods. Jochen Hecht (1-3-4), Daniel Briere (1-2-3) and J.P. Dumont (1-2-3) led the offense. The Flyers had two SHGs and Buffalo scored two PPGs. Peter Forsberg said "We could have won. In the third, we stopped playing again. We came out 5-4 and stopped playing. They totally outplayed us in the third. We're not skating, not hitting, not doing anything."
Hey MSE, I love keeping myself up the night before games reading your fantastic GDT's and couldn't help noticing this error. It should read the first time one of the teams was NOT held to two goals or less. Or something to that effect. It's a very odd sentence in any case.
Taking this game and hopefully the next would be huge, and (obviously) the best case scenario for a couple reasons. The most obvious doesn't needed to be stated, but taking these two games would give Pronger a reason to NOT come back this series. I'd much rather not need to have him come back in this series because I don't think he's going to be physically ready to play at all.
If we can come out of the first with a tie or a lead, I think we win this game. You know they'll come out firing on all cylinders. Fend off the brunt of the initial attack and our counter should get it done barring another Miller miracle.
Nodl is officially out tonight. No word on his replacement or the starting goalie.
Practice is ongoing and, according to CSN, Pronger "took a wrist shot. Not a lot of power there, but he's skating, shooting and puckhandling." Holmgren also denied a report that Pronger re-broke his hand.
Philly Daily News: "Chris Pronger is skating with his teammates today for the first time since March."