If you follow us on twitter you’ll remember that Tuesday night’s game at the Wells Fargo Center caused a fair amount of emotions, mostly frustration and anger which is completely normal. The pinnacle of rage for the night was probably when 4th line Olympic diver Dan Carcillo tapped in the Rangers 4th goal to end the game, which resulted in this moment which obviously fans of every other team are too classy to do:
Let’s rewind it a bit though. Tuesday night, Flyers are coming into Game 3 at home fresh off their first win at MSG in 3 years To say spirits were high would probably be one of the greatest understatements in Philadelphia history. But you wouldn’t know it based on the first few minutes of the game. Some people will tell you that “well looking back they really didn’t play that bad.” That is a crock of horse shit and you should not believe those people. When a team loses 4-1 the team played bad. The worst part is that these problems are consistent over this series.
The main problem the Flyers had in Game 1 was a serious lack of shots on goal, Tuesday they seriously turned that around, but still had nothing to show for it. An even bigger problem the Flyers have is that pretty much none of the oh so dynamic group of Flyers scorers are not scoring. In the first three games we’ve come to expect offensive production more from the defense than the forwards. The Flyers have only 1 even strength goal from Voracek. I will admit though that the Flyers offense has been expertly choked out by the Rangers defense having 28 blocked shots in Tuesdays game alone.
“Everything has to happen quicker. We’ve got to get the pucks through somewhere, whether it’s moving them sideways or whatever.” Kimmo Timonen said about the Flyers efforts, especially about the power play which went 0 for 5 in Game 3. Obviously the PP is another struggle for the Flyers that desperately needs to be fixed if they want to survive a playoff run.
Sorry I have to come back to it but the smugness of Dan “turn on or no?” Carcillo sickens me enough to ruin a train of thought. After flopping to the ice in an Oscar nominated performance, Carcillo gets himself a penalty on a meh call. Flyers power play fails to come through and then Emery fails to stop a rushing Carcillo who puts the Flyers out of the game for good, now the bastard’s acting like he should be on a second line or something.
Benoit Pouliot on the other hand was one of my favorite players in the game. His efforts to help the Flyers out by negating a few Rangers power plays were greatly appreciated. His penalty even led to 4 on 4 shift that resulted in a Mark Streit goal. I’m not sure I even wanna get into the horrible job the refs did through that whole game, I will remind fans that these are the same refs that called the Habs/Lightning game, so there’s definitely a trend of incompetence. The worst call that jumps to mind was in fact a blatant non call on Sean Couturier. The forward was pulled down to the ice from behind on the opposite end of the ice from the puck and the fans outrage could be heard on Temple’s campus.
For Game 4 the Flyers will have to adjust and buy a couple rabbit feet and horseshoes because they will probably need a ton of luck. They need to take a home game or go down 3-1 in the 7 game series which is practically a death sentence. Steve Mason will start in goal for the first time in the series if you don’t count his 7 minutes of play in Tuesday’s loss. After the 4th goal Emery was pulled so that Mason could shake off the rust before going into Game 4.