Former Flyers Watch, Week 7: Conference Finals Wrap-Up, Stanley Cup Final Begins

Boston’s Dennis Seidenberg skates against Chicago’s Jonathan Toews in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Seidenberg has been one of the Bruins’ unsung heroes during this postseason. Read on to see how his fellow former Flyers fared in Week 7 of the playoffs.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Boston Bruins – Blackhawks lead series 1-0

Patrick Sharp: It seems like Patrick Sharp’s postseason prowess has lost some of its edge, as he has now gone four games without recording a point. He won 80% of his faceoffs in Game 1 against the Bruins, and took eight shots, though he failed to capitalize on any.

Dan Carcillo: Carcillo still remains a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks. He has not played since May 18 against Detroit.

Michal Handzus: ‘Zus played a couple of shifts short of thirty minutes in Game 1 against Boston, but did not make a difference on the scoresheet. He took one shot on goal, won half of his faceoffs, and was -1 on the night.

Ray Emery: Emery remains as Corey Crawford’s backup, having not seen any ice time since the regular season.

Jaromir Jagr: In just under 34 minutes of ice time in Game 1 against Chicago, Jagr only took one shot on goal and was unsuccessful. That makes two games in a row that he has failed to record a point, after two consecutive games of doing so.

Dennis Seidenberg: Seidenberg led all skaters in ice time in the first game against the Blackhawks at 48:36 minutes, including 3:18 minutes on the penalty kill. He attempted one shot on goal in 57 shifts, but though he did not score, he continues to be a big factor for the Bruins.

Round 3:

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston Bruins – Bruins win series 4-0

Jaromir Jagr:

Week 2: Jagr was unable to carry his momentum from Game 3 into Game 4, failing to appear on the scoresheet in the final matchup against Pittsburgh. He played 21 shifts over 15:41 of ice time, and did not take a shot on goal.

Week 1: After going six straight games without recording a point, Jagr finally found a spark and has three points (all assists)  in his last two games against Pittsburgh. His work along the boards – battling Evgeni Malkin for the puck and winning – was a key part of the game-winning goal for Boston in double OT in Game 3, and he was credited with an assist on that goal..

Dennis Seidenberg:

Week 2: The defenseman blocked seven shots from Pittsburgh and attempted two of his own in Game 4, but failed to capitalize. He did not have any points in the conference finals, but still made plenty of difference on the ice in other ways.

Week 1: Though Seidenberg hasn’t yet appeared on the scoresheet with a point against the Penguins, he’s been a factor in other areas. He played just under 40 minutes in Wednesday night’s Game 3, appearing in all situations – even-strength, power play, and penalty kill.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings – Blackhawks win series 4-1

Patrick Sharp:

Week 2: Despite the fact that he was not credited with a point in Games 4 and 5 against Los Angeles, Sharp still finished the series tied for first in playoff points with 14. His success in the faceoff circle was slightly improved in Game 5 from previous games, as he won half of the faceoffs he took.

Week 1: Continuing with his postseason success, Sharp has three points in three games against the Kings, including a goal in Game 1. He struggled in Game 3, recording no points and winning less than 35% of his faceoffs. Still, he currently leads the Blackhawks in playoff points with 14.

Dan Carcillo:

Week 2: The left winger was a healthy scratch throughout the conference finals against Los Angeles.
Week 1: Carcillo has not seen any ice time since Game 2 against Detroit on May 18th. He was replaced in the lineup by Viktor Stalberg, who has one point in the conference finals so far.

Michal Handzus:

Week 2: Handzus was credited with an assist on Marian Hossa’s third-period goal in Game 4, but did not record a point in Game 5. He finished the series against Los Angeles with three points (one goal, two assists).

Week 1: Prior to Game 3, ‘Zus was carrying a 5-game point streak dating back to May 25. In Game 1 against the Kings, he had an assist on Patrick Sharp’s goal in the second period, and had a goal of his own in Game 2. He failed to record any points in Game 3, and was on the ice for both of Los Angeles’ goals.

Ray Emery:

Week 2: There was no Ray Emery sighting anywhere during the conference finals aside from his chair by the bench. With Crawford carrying a 12-5-1 record into the Stanley Cup Finals, it’s unlikely Emery will take the ice for the Blackhawks against Boston.

Week 1: Emery has yet to stand in for Corey Crawford between the pipes in fifteen postseason games for Chicago. Crawford has been strong and has a 10-5-1 record in these playoffs, so barring a major breakdown or an injury, it’s not likely we’ll see Emery anytime soon.

Mike Richards:

Week 2: Richards returned from injury in Game 4, but it wasn’t until Game 5 that his impact was truly felt. He was credited with an assist on Anze Kopitar’s second-period goal, and had a goal of his own in the third — a major one, at that. Richards scored with just nine seconds left in the third period to tie the game and force overtime, and while the Hawks went on to win in double OT, Richards’ goal gave his team a huge spark.

Week 1: After taking a hard hit from Chicago’s Dave Bolland in Game 1, Richards did not appear in Games 2 or 3, scratched because of an “upper-body injury” which is likely a concussion. He took the ice for morning skate on Wednesday, but it has not yet been announced whether he will play in Game 4.

Jeff Carter:

Week 2: With a point in both Games 4 and 5 (both assists), Carter ended his season on a four-game point streak and with a total of 13 points in the postseason (tied with Slava Voynov for the team-leading spot).

Week 1: Carter has three points so far in the conference finals, and is currently on a two-game point streak. He took a nasty high-stick from Chicago’s Duncan Keith in Game 3 but returned after about ten minutes, and was credited with assists on both of the Kings’ goals in that game.

Justin Williams:

Week 2: Williams finished the series against Chicago with a total of three points, bringing his postseason point total to nine. He did not record a point in Game 4, failing to capitalize on his two chances, but he had an assist on Dwight King’s goal in the second period of Game 5.

Week 1: In a mostly-quiet conference finals for the Kings (so far, at least), Williams has been a bright spot on the team, with a goal in both Games 1 and 3. He’s played just under 20 minutes in the last two games and recorded a total of eight shots on goal.

Colin Fraser:

Week 2: It took a few games, but the center finally made his mark on the scoresheet in Game 4 against Chicago with an assist on Slava Voynov’s goal in the first. However, he was a healthy scratch in Game 5 and ended his postseason with a total of three points.

Week 1: Fraser is currently point-less in three games against Chicago, and has seen his ice time dwindle continuously over those three games. He won 33.3% of his faceoffs in Game 3, after failing to win any in Game 2.