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Flyers deserved better

Posted on: April 24, 2008 11:46 pm

They don't get a point for taking a game into overtime because it's the playoffs, but maybe there's a moral victory in there somewhere for the Philadelphia Flyers.

They should take something away from losing 4-3 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens tonight because they were the better team for the most part. If nothing else, the Flyers made it pretty clear that despite losing all four regular season games to Montreal by a combined 15-6 score, they won't be pushovers in the playoffs.

The Flyers actually looked pretty spunky for a team playing its third playoff game in four nights. They were physical as expected, but they showed they have the speed up front to keep pressure on the Canadiens, and goalie Martin Biron continued his impressive postseason by outplaying counterpart Carey Price.

Those are good signs especially since the Flyers handled themselves well opening the series in a tough building. Philadelphia played well on the road against Washington in the first round and it did a good job taking the crowd out in Montreal with a fast start and stretches of control throughout the night.

The Flyers had a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, but Montreal found its legs in the second period and tied the game. Philadephia regained the lead with a power play goal seconds into the third period and then shut down the Canadiens. The Flyers would have won had Mike Richards not taking a questionable penalty with 69 seconds remaining, because Alex Kovalev scored the tying goal on the power play and Tom Kostopolous won it for Montreal 48 seconds into overtime.

So the Canadiens drew first blood in the series, but they were fortunate. And that should be some consolation to the Flyers.

Category: NHL

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2008 12:09 am

Flyers deserved better

Great post puttiee.  You're hockey knowledge is beyond all of us here on the board.  You're so right on about the Habs taking it in 5. And get a clue you asshat, the Flyers sell out almost every game, even last year when they were the worst team in the league.  Crawl back into your hole now will you?

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2008 3:24 pm

Flyers deserved better

If  "Thats hockey and it happens" then bad calls as you say are part of hockey as well.  There were no riots in philly because one one cares about the flyers.  "Just in" how many consecutive sell out in philly??   Problem here is that you complain too much about bad calls and refs taking over the game,  if I am not mistaken i think philly players had more suspensions over the season than the habs have had in a decade.  You have to call a game against philly close because they are a bunch of cheap shot artists.  What do you consider a stand up guy, some one who tries to take out anothers teams best player??  Thats pretty stand up to me.  Go back to watching basketball, and baseball because philly is out in 5. 

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2008 2:42 pm

Flyers deserved better

The calls in this game were very much tilted in favor of the Canadiens. Richards clearly led with the shoulder and Kovalev obviously played the puck with a high stick.  The Canadiens get a lot of questionable calls going their way. I watched a good part of the Bruins series and it seemed like they got the short end of the stick on quite a few calls too. I think the Flyers might have a tough time getting any big calls in this series. It's only the first game, so maybe there is chance the refs won't continue to help one team?. 

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2008 2:14 pm

Flyers deserved better

2 Questionable calls cost The Flyers the game.  How is  a stick hit the crossbar coming down not high? The Flyers definitely looked strong and I believe they will show even more jump on Saturday night.  Looks like it has the makings for a very good series.  Hopefully the Canadiens don't have anyone trying out for the Olympic diving team.

Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2008 1:51 pm

Flyers deserved better

Great Game One for both teams.  Good Pace, Solid Flow.

I wouldn't be surprised to see if go seven, which would be two straight seven game series for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens.

The referee's calls go both ways during a series.  Crying or whining about poor officiating doesn't help you win. Effort does.  The Flyers need to be able to play with a lead then they should be able to steal one at Montreal.

Flyboys Fly!!  Big Effort Saturday Night for the Flyers and the Canadiens.

Go Overtime!!

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2008 12:52 pm

Flyers deserved better

False complaining. The flyers had fortuitous bounces but they were within the realm of legal by NHL standards. Sticks hitting pucks above the crossbar into the net are not legal. Doesn't one have to make contact with their knee to another player to warrant a kneeing call? I can say that Carters stick broke on a faceoff, Kovie (as you call him) scores. That's hockey it happens. Who are you to call Richards a dirty player. Have you followed the flyers. Richards is a standup guy, with excellent hockey sense (when did he become steve downie) Obviously by your post you are a "homer eh' ". Just in -  Hockey is played outside of Montreal, How many riots started in Philly after they one the first round? How many police cars burned? TWO WORDS - FIRST ROUND and philly gets a bad rap

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2008 12:26 pm

Flyers deserved better

If it was such a blatant penalty why didn't the ref closest to the play make the call. The ref behind the net made the call and the ref with the best angle watched....Hmmmm.  This type of game is what the flyers need. This provides motivation, it leaves them with unfinished business. before this game I thought Montreal in 6 - I am reversing that now FLYERS in 6

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2008 12:10 pm

Flyers deserved better

As a red wings fan and not biased by who wins the philly-canadiens series, i thought the goal was hit in by a high stick and that Richards shouldn't have been penalized. one minute put the whistle away  and let the game be decided by the players not refs.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2008 11:58 am

Flyers deserved better

It appears to me that there ia a LOT of false complaining here.  If you think about 2 goals were given to the flyers.  One bouncing of a habs skate and the other a gift in front of the next.  Take these two BS goals away and you would not have to worry about the game even being close.  The law of momentum, causes Kovie's stick to hit the cross bar, if you actually look at the replay his stick hits the puck when it is well below the cross bar, and any attempt (never mind connecting) to knee someone and you should be suspended for at least 4 games.  Richards is NOT a clean player.  Do the Flyers deserve better, yes if they actually play 3 periods of hockey instead of 1 1/2.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2008 11:57 am

Flyers deserved better

I recorded the game and had the luxury of repeated looking at and slowing down both the late penalty and the questionable goal.    The replay official reviewing the goal made the wrong decision. I don’t have their fancy equipment, yet I can clearly see the stick hitting the puck just above the crossbar. I can understand the on ice official making what he believe to be the correct call, but the replay officials need to do a better job.   When looking at Richards Penalty it’s just bad luck on Philadelphia’s part. There are a couple of different video shots taken from different angles. When looking at one angle it looks like it’s a legit Kneeing call, but from another angle you can clearly see Richards check with his shoulder. The reason it’s bad luck is the Ref is along the line of sight of the kneeing call. Even though IMHO I don’t think it was a penalty, I can honestly understand why the ref made the call.

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