Really both of rupps goals were soft. but it happens. no surprise that we need better defense and goaltending. we've got over a half a season to figure it out. No worries. if there's one thing I'm confident in with this team is that they'll do the right thing to make the team better.
The first one absolutely as not. That was pathetic defending by Mez. He was so far back by the time the puck is visible and gets past him its less than 10 feet out. That would have been a very difficult save
I realize everyone is hating on Danny Briere, but to be fair - the guy has poor ice to work with and is likely more concerned with getting something on net, rather than stickhandling like crazy and losing the puck altogether. And you cannot ignore the fact he is shooting on Henrik Lundqvist - very skilled and covers alot of net.
Not making excuses for Danny, but something to consider...
Defense and Goaltending on this team is killing us, both always seem to be terrible at the same time. So many times we see Bob or Bryz make 3-4 consecutive saves, with juicy rebounds, then not one player is around to clear it out..then bamm goal. Also our PP is ugly, never seem to set up right, and spend most of the time on the boards or behind the net wasting valuable time while generating no chances. Team is to talented up front to not run something successful.
So Ian Walsh, the same ref who blew the play dead WAY too early before Briere tried to score? I'm sure.
Those were some pretty bad calls in the Flyers favor down the stretch. I doubt they were trying to force OT, but they were bad calls. A lot worse than the bad calls that went the other way. Blowing a play dead isn't the kind of thing that can be called a "bad call." If the ref can't see the puck, he calls it dead. Unless he could see it but called it dead anyway, it isn't really a bad call.
Pretty exciting game. You could tell the players were worn down by the third with all the sloppy play. I have to say though Simmonds is a board hustler! Don't think he lost one battle along the boards all night! Also really sucked watching Jagr so ansy to play but didn't get a chance there in the third..
Best of luck to the Flyers for the rest of the season!
It's the idea we can't ****ing win AT ALL against someone in our division. Lost 3 times in a row, all of them hurt. This one probably hurt more since it was in Philly, outside, and got scored on twice by someone who did a Nazi salute...
This and the fact that playing in two Winter Classics and not being able it win a single one isn't exactly something to be proud of. Maybe we will finally win one before we play in our 15th .
Mez and Lilja were brutal in this game. Both goals that were not solely on bad goaltending were scored with one of them playing like ****
agreed they were bad, but i ilk mez's game, but i think he needs to be with a competent defense partner which lilja is not. then we come out with carla and bourdon which is another below average pairing. and I don't know what it is but i just don't like coburns game. sure he can skate like the wind but all other aspects of his game are below average.