Blog Entry

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: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 11:34 am

Flyers deserved better

It was a very exciting game but it was a shame to end it on a rediculous penalty. I think the Flyers got robbed on both plays. The high stick goal which should'nt have counted and the penalty at that point in the game. If I saw it from the Canadiens side I would still say the same thing. Just get it right. What are the refs (and the replay both in Toronto) looking at? Get the calls right and let them play the game. Playoff hockey is so exciting, don't ruin it. 

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2008 10:23 am

Flyers deserved better

Keep your 2 cents and buy a brain.

Point was in Montreal (Canada) was in Toronto (Canada)....there was no way that was going to be not a goal....they were sitting there in Toronto watching the game, got a call to review the goal, drank a beer and then said it's a goal....WHY THE HELL IS THE REVIEW BOARD IN TORONTO....

My wife walked in the room, who has watched 2 games all year, I explained the rule in 30 seconds, and she stated, "If his stick hit the crossbar, obviously the puck had to be hit above the crossbar" that tells you something....

The Richards call was borderline....slow motion says alot, but at full speed, maybe....but I do question, if the jersey's were switched and there was a minute to go in the 3rd and Kovalov hit Richards like that, in Montreal, with the Flyers up or down 1 you honestly think there would be a call....think before you Montreal...down or up a goal....either way...1 minute left in the 3rd period...BY THE WAY HOW MANY PENALTIES WERE CALLED IN THE 3RD?   EXACTLY ONE = 1 that one!

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2008 9:42 am

Flyers deserved better

Unfortunately I think mpc3f is right. Richards did stick his knee out a little, and even though it made no contact with Kovalev, I can understand why it looked like a kneeing penalty to the ref in real-time. He did also make contact with his thigh, not just his shoulder, so I could maybe see a tripping penalty, but kneeing was definitely wrong. Some Montreal fans were claiming it was a dirty play, which we all know is obviously not true.

As for the high-stick goal, I subscribe to Bill Clement's physics theory that Kovalev's stick hit the crossbar on its way down, so it must have been a high-stick. But I can understand how the people in Toronto would not think of this and rule there was no conclusive evidence to overturn the call on the ice. My biggest problem with the whole thing is that they actually said they had conclusive evidence that it was not a high-stick. I have yet to see this evidence.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2008 9:38 am

Flyers deserved better

NICE LOGO!!! Are you the person that owned Sneakin In??? If so, I worked next to ya at the deli. Any guesses as to who it may be :)

Your're right. Couple bad calls, but the Fly boys looked REALLY good last night. It will be a great series, and I like our chances better then I did a day ago!!

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2008 9:10 am

Flyers deserved better

I agree with kgb.   Everyone, take off your Flyers jersey for a minute and watch the play from an unbiased perspective.  While Richards did hit Kovalev with his shoulder, the knee DID come out.  It didn't hit, but it DID come out -- and when you're looking at it happening so quickly, and you see the knee come out, a player go flying, and a breakaway stopped, I don't see how anyone here NOT wearing a Flyers jersey would not make the same call.

As for the Kovalev goal, I saw angles where it looked like the puck hit the blade of his stick (which was above the crossbar) and then I saw an angle where it looked like it hit the shaft of his stick (which was below the crossbar).  The ruling on the ice was a goal.  I don't see how Toronto can reverse that call with the replay angles showing two possible scenarios.   The NHL needs a super-slo camera somewhere for reviews like this because it was not clear where the puck hit Kovalev's stick.

just my 2 cents

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 9:06 am

Flyers deserved better

ATTENTION LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!!! THE FIX IS IN!!! And last night proved it... a BS goal, a BS penalty cause BS OT and a Flyers loss...That is all I am saying about that game last night... BS

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2008 8:08 am

Flyers deserved better

Track down the ref and make him watch every pick in this weekends draft to teach him a lesson.  It was complete BS, and the ref should be punished

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2008 7:54 am

Flyers deserved better

Clearly the official did not get a good look or saw only part of the play because those "replays from several angles" clearly showed it was a legal hit. A basic rule of thumb for officiating any sport is don't call a penalty, foul, etc. unless you SEE THE WHOLE PLAY.
That being said, calls like that are part of the game. Maybe next time it goes the Flyers way, as it did in the goalie collision against Washington. That was, at least, borderline and helped the Flyers clinch the series.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 6:38 am

Flyers deserved better

He clearly hit Kovalev with his shoulder...wasn't even close.  But either way, you don't call that with 1minute left in the 3rd of a 1 goal playoff game.  Flyers got robbed last nite. 

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2008 5:48 am

Flyers deserved better

he didnt stick his knee out, richards isnt that type of player, you need to watch the replay again and watch his shoulders not his knee. He lead with his shoulder. Flyers got hosed in this game plain and simple.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or