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Trying to talk a better game

Posted on: May 21, 2010 3:37 pm

Maybe saying all the right things will work out for the Philadelphia Flyers as well as it did for the Montreal Canadiens.

After being shut out in each of the first two games of the series, Montreal’s players kept talking about needing a lucky bounce to kick start their offense, and they got it when Mike Cammalleri fired home a rebound that came off the back boards seven minutes into Game 3. Montreal went on to win 5-1 and at least temporarily seized the momentum in the series. Now Philadelphia’s players are trying the verbal approach to get it back.

It certainly can’t hurt the Flyers to keep telling themselves, and anyone else who will listen for that matter, that they’ve yet to play as well as they should. Many of them kept insisting there was more to give even after Philadelphia won the first two games of this series at home, but after the Flyers were beaten badly in Montreal by the Canadiens in Game 3, it certainly rings a lot truer.

“It's just a good wake-up call for us,” Simon Gagne said. “We definitely have to be more hungry.”

Playing with a little more desperation wouldn’t hurt either, and neither would some improvement at even strength. But most important, the Flyers insist they need to be readier at the outset of the games, which is starting to sound like a stump speech for them.

“We might have got away with it a little bit in the first two games in Philly because we weren’t at our best,” Danny Briere said. “But last night we just weren't sharp from the start and we never had the chance to come back in the game

One reason was that goalie Michael Leighton looked decidedly ordinary. Leighton was brilliant early in both Games 1 and 2 and kept his team alive, but coach Peter Laviolette kept expressing concern heading into Game 3 about his team “rolling the dice” with the way it came out of the gates. Those fears that proved well founded as Montreal took control early and never let go.

“We got a little cocky, a little full of ourselves just thinking we could go out and play,” captain Mike Richards said. “This was a long way coming. We didn’t play all that well over the first couple games they handed to us right from the get-go.

“I don’t know if we thought we could throw our sticks on the ice and it was gonna be easy but give them credit. They played hard, they were all over the ice.”

Richards said the bright side in all of this was in the message sent by the one-sided loss.

“Maybe if we would have lost 3-2 or 2-1, we might not have thought about it too much,” he said. “But with a score like that in a game like that, I think questions have to be raised and looked for answers.”

Some of them presumably came in the video session the Flyers engaged in on the off-day. Philadelphia spent a fair amount of time looking at tape before holding a spirited practice that featured Ian Laperriere skating on a regular line for the first time since suffering a brain contusion after taking a slapshot to the face in round one.

His status for Game 4 remains unclear, but if Laperriere is able to return, he will add an edge to Philadelphia’s lineup in a series that is starting to develop some noticeable antagonism. The Flyers were bumped around a lot, and at one point, Cammalleri was got on the giant screen sticking his tongue out at Danny Carcillo. But what seemed to irk the Flyers most was Montreal’s decision to send its top power play unit on in the final minute with the game already decided. Richards said Philadelphia would take the bitter taste of that episode into Game 4.

“It is what it is,” Richards said. “I'm not sure what they were trying to do, maybe stick it to us a little bit because we were maybe rung around a bit. 

“But Karma sometimes comes back to you too.”


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Since: Mar 8, 2010
Posted on: May 22, 2010 3:51 pm

Trying to talk a better game

It doesn't matter if he talk a better game, they need to play a better game.  So far it looks like a great game and we shall see if the flyers can keep it up and win this game and go back to Broad St. up 3 - 1.

Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: May 22, 2010 3:03 pm

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  • Trying to talk a better game

    Who fan, Which is it? Habs in 6 or 7. I guess you can't seem to make up your mind. Go Flyers !!!

    We actually point to WhoFan74 as one of our clinic's greatest successes.  He used to choose Rangers in 2 for every seven game series (when the Rangers played he was almost always half right).  Great accomplishment that he is able to determine even one of the teams actually playing.
    Mr. Nettles:  I think you realize sharing WhoFan74s syphilitic condition was a breech of protocol on my part.  Would have been better if you'd kept that information to yourself.

    Since: Jun 22, 2008
    Posted on: May 22, 2010 3:00 pm

    Trying to talk a better game

    Whofan74 did anybody tell you the Rangers suck, take a walk loser.

    Since: Sep 12, 2006
    Posted on: May 22, 2010 2:32 pm

    Trying to talk a better game

    I would listen to WhoFan when he talks about losing, folks... because when it comes to hockey failure he is an expert.  84 years in the league and his team, The Rangers, have won 4 cups and once went 54 years without one.
    I said "I would listen", but I tend to ignore rantings originating from a syphilitic brain.

    Since: Jun 27, 2007
    Posted on: May 22, 2010 2:24 pm

    Trying to talk a better game

    What the heck is a Hab anyway?Habs, an abbreviation of "Les Habitants". Habitants is the name used to refer to both the French settlers and the inhabitants of French origin who farmed the land along the two shores of the St. Lawrence Gulf and River in what is the present-day Province of Quebec in Canada.

    It's amazing what a quick search on Google can do when you have a question.

    Since: Jun 27, 2007
    Posted on: May 22, 2010 2:06 pm

    Trying to talk a better game

    You're all a bunch of whiners... the Canadiens did this... the Flyers did that... the refs didn't call this... blah blah blah.  The last time I checked, none of you were the ones actually playing in the games. None of you KNOW who's going to win. A bad bounce here, a misplay there, a great save, a crucial faceoff win.... those are what will decide who wins. Momentum is an ever shifting thing... Montreal has it right now, but when that puck drops at 3pm today that could all change. 

    Here's HOPING the Habs win in 6!

    Oh, and to all you Flyer fans that I heard on the news making negative remarks about French people and damaging cars with Quebec license plates, yet were wearing Simon Gagne and Daniel Briere jerseys... real smart.  Look at your roster... you have 6 active players who are from Quebec.

    Since: Oct 31, 2008
    Posted on: May 22, 2010 2:05 pm
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    Since: May 22, 2010
    Posted on: May 22, 2010 1:57 pm

    Trying to talk a better game

    What the heck is a Hab anyway?  Flyers in 5 or 6.  Bring on the Blackhawks!

    Since: Sep 9, 2008
    Posted on: May 22, 2010 1:55 pm

    Trying to talk a better game

    Whofan is just sad that the Flyers eliminated his Rangers.  Don't worry who, theres always next year for the Blueshirts.

    Since: Sep 8, 2008
    Posted on: May 22, 2010 1:50 pm

    Trying to talk a better game

    flyers fans are such douchebags go hide in a corner and come out of the closet ,flyers have nothing bunch of whine bags thats about it and it looks like there fans are the same way, GO HABS GO

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