Former Flyers Watch, Week 5: Semifinals Wrap-up, Williams Paves The Way

Justin Williams was responsible for the two goals in Game 7 that propelled the LA Kings to the Western Conference finals. Read on to learn how his other fellow Flyers have fared this postseason.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators – Penguins win series 4-1

No former Flyers participated in this series.

Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers* – Bruins win series 4-1 (This series did not begin until Week 2 of the second round)

Jaromir Jagr:

Week 2: Jagr failed to record a single point during the series against New York. He took four shots on goal in just over seventeen minutes of ice time in Game 5.

Week 1: Despite his team’s success thus far against the Rangers, Jagr has yet to do much for the Bruins. He has no points in four games and has only taken seven shots on goal in those games.

Dennis Seidenberg:

Week 2: After missing the first four games against the Rangers, Seidenberg was back in the lineup for Game 7. He played just under twenty-four minutes and did not register a shot on goal, but landed three hits and was +1 on the night.

Week 1: Seidenberg has not played since leaving Game 7 of the Boston/Toronto series early on. He has been diagnosed with the ever-popular “lower-body injury” and missed the first four games of the series against the Rangers. However, he did skate with the team on Thursday morning and it looks like he’s close to returning to the lineup.

Arron Asham:

Week 2: The right-winger was a healthy scratch in Game 5 against Boston.

Week 1: Asham had a quiet first three games against the Bruins, with no points and just two shots on goal. He played less than five minutes in Game 3 and did not appear in Game 4.

Darroll Powe:

Week 2: Said to be dealing with an upper-body injury, Powe did not appear in any of the five games against the Bruins.

Week 1: After scoring no points in three games against the Capitals in the first round, Powe has yet to see any ice time against Boston.

Steve Eminger:

Week 2: The defenseman had a quiet Game 5, taking only one shot on goal and failing to capitalize. He did not record any hits against Boston and finished -1 on the night.

Week 1: Eminger played more in Game 3 – 18:09 – than he did in Games 1 & 2, but saw his ice time lessen in Game 4 and has failed to make much of a difference for New York. He served a minor penalty in Game 1 and has only taken two shots in three games.

Marty Biron:

Week 2: Biron did not take the ice for the Rangers once during these playoffs, and with his team being eliminated, fans will not see him between the pipes until sometime next season.

Week 1: Even though Henrik Lundqvist has not been performing like he typically does, Biron has still yet to appear in a game. Perhaps the Rangers will rest Lundqvist if the team manages to beat Boston in this series, but as of right now, it doesn’t seem likely that they will.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings – Blackhawks win series 4-3

Patrick Sharp:

Week 3: After going four straight games without recording a point, Sharp opened up the scoring for the Blackhawks in Game 7 with a first-period goal that got his team on the board first. He ends the semifinals tied with Marian Hossa for a team-leading 11 points.

Week 2: Sharp’s 6-game point streak came to an end in the Hawks’ third matchup against Detroit on Monday night. He had an assist in Game 2 but failed to make a mark on the scoresheet in the two subsequent games.

Week 1: With a 3-point night in Game 1, Sharp was the breakout player for the Hawks. His empty-netter with less than a minute left in regulation put the team up 4-1, and he is now riding a 4-game postseason point streak. Oh, and the Hawks haven’t lost once in regulation this season/postseason when Sharp’s been in the lineup.

Dan Carcillo:

Week 3: Carcillo remained a healthy scratch in Week 5, ending his playoff series against Detroit with one point in two games.

Week 2: A point-less Game 2 for Dan Carcillo may have led to his being scratched for Games 3 and 4, but it’s more likely that coach Joel Quennville wanted to give Viktor Stalberg a chance to get out there after missing several games. Carcillo’s assist in Game 1 is his lone point in this series.

Week 1: Carcillo appeared in just two games agaist Minnesota in Round 1, but he made his mark in Chicago’s opening game against Detroit with an assist on Marcus Kruger’s third-period goal.

Michal Handzus:

Week 3: With an assist on Patrick Sharp’s first-period goal, Handzus had a hand in his team’s advancement to the Western Conference Finals. He had an assist in Game 5 and a goal in Game 6, and is now in the midst of a three-game point streak heading into the series against Los Angeles.

Week 2: Handzus had a quiet second week of the semifinals, as he failed to record any points in Games 3 and 4. He took a total of five shots in those games and served a 2-minute holding minor in Game 3.

Week 1: After a point-less Game 1, Handzus was credited with an assist on Patrick Kane’s first-period goal in Game 2, bringing his postseason point total to 3. He won at least half of his faceoffs in the first two games against Detroit.

Ray Emery:

Week 3: The Blackhawks rode Corey Crawford all the way to overtime in Game 7 against Detroit, which meant that Emery did not see any ice time in the semifinals. He’ll remain as Crawford’s backup as the team goes on to face the Kings.

Week 2: It will be interesting to see if Emery sees any time in net during the semifinals if the team decides to rest Corey Crawford after playing in eight straight postseason games. Crawford currently holds a 5-4-1 record in the playoffs but has lost his last three in a row.

Week 1: Despite being cleared to play in Round 2 after suffering from a lower-body injury in Round 1, Emery did not appear in the Hawks’ first game of the semifinals against Detroit.

Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks – Kings win series 4-3

Mike Richards:

Week 3: Though Richards failed to record any points in the last two games of the series, he still ends the semifinals with a team-leading ten points (2 goals, 8 assists). He won at least half of all faceoffs in Games 6 and 7.

Week 2: The centerman has five points in as many games against San Jose, with a goal in Game 4 and an assist in Game 5. He leads the team in postseason points with ten.

Week 1: Richards continued his postseason dominance in his team’s first game against San Jose, scoring a goal and being credited with an assist on Slava Voynov’s. He currently has seven points in seven playoff games.

Jeff Carter:

Week 3: It’s almost humorous now, where Richards goes, Carter follows. Like his pal, he did not record any points in Games 6 and 7, and only made a mark on the scoresheet when he served a 2-minute minor in the latter. His struggles in the faceoff circle continued, as he didn’t win a single one in Game 7. He ends the semifinals with eight points.

Week 2: Following in his best friend’s footsteps, Carter also has five points in five games against the Sharks, with an assist on Richards’ Game 4 goal and a goal of his own in Game 5. He has been struggling a bit on faceoffs, winning just 25% of them in Game 5.

Week 1: Bouncing back from a lackluster final game against the Blues, Carter had an assist in Game 1. He was 50% in the faceoff circle and played just over 19 minutes.

Justin Williams:

Week 3: Along with Jonathan Quick, it’s safe to say that Williams is the reason the Kings are advancing to the conference finals. His two goals in Game 7 were the only ones Los Angeles scored, adding onto his already solid Game 7 record. (Seriously, did the Sharks not get the memo that he shines in Game 7s?)

Week 2: It took five games, but Williams finally saw his first point in the series against San Jose with an assist in Game 5. He’s been otherwise quiet in the semifinals, taking just eight shots on goal.

Week 1: Williams had a quiet Game 1 against the Sharks, playing about 18 minutes and registering only two shots on goal.

Colin Fraser:

Week 3: In seven games, Fraser did not record a single point against San Jose. He took 11 shifts in both Games 6 and 7 and only registered one shot on goal. He did not win any of his faceoffs taken in Game 7.

Week 2: Fraser has yet to appear on the scoresheet in the semifinals. The center has attempted just two shots on goal (all the way back in Game 1) and his success on faceoffs was dwindling for a few games until he had a more successful night in the circle in Game 5.

Week 1: Like Williams, Fraser had a quiet night, attempting just one shot on goal. He was, however, successful in the faceoff circle, where he won all those attempted.