Sunday, January 11, 2009

Game #42 Review: Maple Leafs 1 @ Flyers 4 1/10/09




Stars align

There's something about watching the Flyers on Hockey Night in Canada that just feels right. It's like listening to music on vinyl, or like reading the bible in Hebrew or something.

And the Hebrew is even more fun when it tells the story of the Flyers winning.

  • Getting outshot by a lot (42-30) yet winning convincingly makes for my favorite kind of games. Like most every game in the Montreal series last year. The shot count really didn't reflect control of the game. This win never felt in danger.
  • Martin Biron was super solid, again. This is nothing like the Biron we saw at the beginning of the season, and it's easily a Biron we could see real deep into the playoffs.
  • Talk of Jeff Carter's slump led to him scoring twice to reach an NHL-leading 29 goals, breaking what had been a three-way tie with Vanek and Ovechkin. Remember when Toronto was about to get Carter at the trade deadline last year? Yikes.
  • I predicted Scottie Upshall would have a great game, and he did. He didn't score like I wanted him to, but that pass to Andrew Alberts (for his first goal in 162 games) was a thing of beauty.
  • Kimmo Timonen notched his 24th assist on the first Carter goal. That's a whole lot. Biron got his third assist on the same goal. Is that a lot for a goalie? I really don't have any idea.
  • As much as I hate the Yankees, they serve a purpose. Having the Yankees be relevant is important for baseball, just like having the Maple Leafs relevant is important for hockey. And these Maple Leafs are totally irrelevant. Luke Schenn is good, though.
  • Flyers are now only two points back of the Capitals. With a game in hand. Booya.
  • Who was it who predicted a 4-1 Flyers win? I wonder...

Two days off, then Penguins. We beat them convincingly and Michel Therrien is most certainly fired. Sounds like motivation enough for anyone.

1 comment:

Eric said...

I'm sure I'm not the only one looking forward to seeing the free-falling Pens coming in. I love that just when their whole fan base is clamoring for Staal to be traded, they lock his ass up for 4 more. Guess they could still try to dangle him, what do you think?

It was a nice win last night, except for that 2nd period. The guys really got outworked there. Nice to see Carter back on the board, but man does Hartnell suck in 1-on-1. It'll be nice to have Danny back to help in that department. Speaking of Hartnell, he is most effective in a game like last night: being a pest, swarming the crease, and generally causing a disturbance. Would have been nice to get a call on one of the many instances that he got mugged after the whistle.