The morning after: Senators @ Flyers 11.15.10

“The morning after” is a review of the previous night’s Flyers’ game which, in theory, provides a more objective perspective on the game.

So the Flyers seem to be playing pretty dominant hockey lately, eh?  The schedule looks tough this week, and it will be a good test for the team.  Not multiple choice, but one of those essay ones that you have to write in those blue books.

This game was touted a clash of two of the hottest teams in the league right now.  And the Flyers dominated.  The game started slowly, with a bit of feeling-out in the beginning of the game, but then it got fun (unless you are an Ottawa fan).

Danny Briere got the first goal with a tip-in at the front of net after a face-off win by Ville Leino (!sign this man for 22 years!) and point shot by Andrej Meszaros.  Jason Spezza scored to bring the game even, but from then on it was all Flyers.  The second Flyers goal was also off a face-off win and deflection from Claude Giroux to Kimmo Timonen to Darroll Powe.  Mike Richards then took over the game, making a great pass to Giroux (kidding – watch the highlights) and then scoring back-to-back goals.

Snapshots:

  • Glad the third defense pairing is doing well – it takes pressure and minutes off of the big 4, makes it a more well-rounded team and me a little less fearful of injuries to our top guys, and how the team would cope with that.  I also think this will help down the road, as the team makes its way through the long season.
  • With Andreas Nodl out due to a foot injury, James Van Riemsdyk got a chance to play after sitting for four games.  He still seems a bit snake-bitten in the goals department, but he had some chances.  Hard work will get you places, so hopefully he keeps his chin up and keeps working.
  • Before the game, Mike Richards said that the Flyers need to play good defense and play less of it.  Sound philosophy and a good way to go about winning a game.
  • Most of the Flyers players are growing some creepy mustaches.  They are starting to look like a team full of Snidely Whiplash-es, but it seems to be working for them. 
  • The Flyers had good net presence, which led to the deflection goals.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky only let in one goal – a quick shot by Jason Spezza that looked like it was not picked up or expected by Bobrovsky.
  • No penalties through more than half the game.  Only one minor penalty to a Flyer the whole game (Briere).
  • Sean O’Donnell got an assist, meaning all regular players now have a point.  This excludes Brian Boucher and Oskars Bartulis (thus the careful wording in the previous sentence).
  • Dan Carcillo got hurt on an awkward hit attempt (and fail) along the boards.  He will be out two weeks with an MCL injury to his left knee (otherwise known as a “lower body injury”).  With Nodl and Eric Wellwood in the wings, the depth will get a chance to shine.
  • The Flyers powerplay had some good chances, even with only one goal being scored on the man advantage (by Giroux, off a “pass” from Richards that earned Richards his 300th point of his career).
  • Richards scored shorthanded (hey, it’s either him or Giroux, right?) with a very pretty (and different) move, and a back-handed shot.  He then scored again right after the penalty kill.  Maybe he should keep the mustache?
  • As I posted on Twitter, Richards (and Giroux) = awesomesauce.  Worth noting: my iPhone spell-correct promptly changed this to applesauce.  Regardless, they are playing fantastic hockey.
  • Jeff Carter had some quality chances, but seems to be waiting too long to release the puck.  Maybe he is taking extra care to aim (not high and wide).  Or maybe he is trying to be too cool.
  • Safe to say that Richards is pretty loose right now.  He was the “Bud Light Player of the Game” and joked with Coatesy about getting a case of it.  Probably needs more than that if Dan Carcillo’s dad is in town.  Here we go!
  • Minutes were spread around tonight, which should make for a fresher team tomorrow.  Let’s keep the points coming!