First this is hockey. Calls are made in a split second at real time speed. The penalty on Richards was a clean hit, but the referee was behind Richards, which when seen from that angle, did look like a trip or knee. So that is not what caused the Flyers to lose Game 1. This is no different than the ref losing site of the puck during a goal mouth scramble.
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The Canadians 2nd goal however, was replayed and shown frame by frame on Hi-Def TV in Toronto. I cannot understand how the player hit the puck, then the crossbar on the way down and yet the puck was below the crossbar. I would have accepted if they had no good look at it, that the play stood as called on the ice. But the league said it was a good goal. Cmon fellas. The purpose of replay is the get the call correct and in my humble opinion, they blew this one.
So that said, it is time to regroup now for the Flyers. They played a good game especially for the 3rd playoff game in 4 nights, with 2 into overtime. I am unsure why the Pens and Rangers (the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs in December I think) didn't play last night instead. Neither of the Pens or Rangers have basketball playoffs to contend with at their arena. Seems odd. I am sure that TSN wanted the Habs for their beloved Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, but the Rangers and Pittsburgh would have been a nice draw too.
So now the Flyers know that they are on an even field with this team. Now just settle down and execute. Take today and relax, do some film work and get ready to gain the split in game 2. That is the goal, do not dwell on game 1. Rest up boys, this will be a long series.
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