The game that got away, the Philadelphia Flyers have been having a few of those lately. First the runaway Dallas Stars game (1-5) on Saturday and last night Chicago Blackhawks (2-7). The Blackhawks dominated this game from the second period on, with 7 different goal scorers from the Blackhawks, the Flyers could not capitalize on any of their chances after the first period.
The one thing Craig Berube definitely understands is what games are important to players on an individual level. First Vinny Lecavalier in Tampa and now Goaltender Ray Emery, as he got the start last night, facing the Blackhawks for the first time since he helped win the Stanley Cup last season. Although, after giving up his 6th goal at the start of the 3rd period, Steve Mason replaced Emery in net to finish the night. Not the brightest moment for Emery as he took a seat on the bench, and although he didn’t have a chance at preventing some of the goals, he couldn’t have felt good about being benched.
Earning the first power play, scoring first and winning the first period did not help the Flyers, instead seemingly energized the Blackhawks as they came back, boosting their lead to 5-2 during the 2nd period. This is the second time this season that the Flyers have given up 5 goals in one period.
“Stay calm and stay with it,” head coach Craig Berube encouraged the Flyers to maintain composure during a 2nd period timeout.
A composure that slowly slipped away as the Blackhawks increased their lead to 7-2 and the Flyers increased their penalty minutes. The Flyers had solid opportunities during the 3rd period. There were breakaways that could have turned into goals giving the Flyers a hope at a comeback, but that didn’t happen. The Blackhawks achieved the upper hand by capitalizing on their speed and took control of this game.
A 4-day game break lapsed between falling to the Dallas Stars and then again to the Chicago Blackhawks. A break that did not help the Flyers, as the opposing teams both took advantage of the leeway the Flyers left for them. This time not even a 24 hour rest awaits the Flyers as they will suit up and face the Montral Canadiens tonight at 7pm. Danny Briere will be back in town for the first time since his departure, how will the Philadelphia fan reach? I am thinking the boo-birds will be out to greet him.
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