Sunday, March 15, 2009

Game #67 Review: Flyers @ Rangers 3/15/09



Et tu, Justin St. Pierre?
  • I'm really not big on blaming the officiating. I don't know that I ever have on here before. But holy crap, there were some absolutely terrible calls in this game. A blood drawing high stick on Braydon Coburn gets ignored, then he hits the guy behind the play and gets a game misconduct. The fourth, backbreaking goal, was a result of the Flyers letting up thinking a call was imminent on the hook against Matt Carle.
  • The Flyers gave up four power play goals to the team ranked 28th in the league on the power play. Horrendous.
  • This weekend made the goalie situation even clearer. Martin Biron played well yesterday, then today Antero Niittymaki was mediocre at best. Lundqvist started both games this weekend--should Biron have as well?
  • Jeff Carter and Ryan Parent were both on the ice for three Rangers goals. Shame.
  • Daniel Briere makes his linemates on the fourth line look real good. Not because he's a great playmaker, but because he makes them look good by comparison. He's been absolutely awful and out of shape, and needs to be a healthy scratch until he can skate faster than a sled hockey player. The only thing he contributed was a penalty.
  • There were some real odd combinations out there late in the game. Every single Flyer, including Darroll Powe and Riley Cote, played on the penalty kill. Bizarre.
  • Speaking of Riley Cote, he saw less than three minutes of ice time today. There has to be a better use of a roster spot.
  • Having Sean Avery score four goals on his team is something no hockey fan should ever have to experience.

Real big week ahead. At Detroit, At Buffalo, At Pittsburgh. Need at least three points there.

1 comment:

marc said...

agree with most everything, but niitymaki played better than just "average at best". the only even strength goal came as a result of the no-call by st. pierre (he probably let up, like you said). and the other 3 were a result of shitty calls by leggo/st pierre. the only one niity really could've stopped was the one by antropov. i was pissed off though that they showed NO inspiration after the 4th goal. they had 7 or 8minutes to take someone's head off (read Avery) and did nothing. briere needs to take off his tutu.