...i didn't happen to find the knuble penalty as influential on the game as the riley cote holding penalty.
cote, and all 4:01 of playing time, decided it necessary that he go aggressively into the offensive corner and make an impact on the game. leaving his brain most likely somewhere in philadelphia, took a terrible penalty while the team had momentum, but was unfortunately already down 2-1. hello. mcfly? didn't take long for the lightning to capitalize with their very solid PP to take the game to 3-1. pretty tall order for the flyers on the road.
while in the penalty box they showed a riley cote quote...something along the lines of 'i go out and hit anything i can in hoping to blah blah blah.'
please. a guy like jim dowd goes out there and gives his team a boost with good smart hockey. the league is too fast to be messing around trying to crack people in the offensive zone. if you are going to have a 4th line, then make it an 'energy line' that provides some opportunities with speed and turnovers.
the point is...put a minor leaguer like tolpeka with skills who can use a little nhl seasoning out there and make some plays with eager and dowd.
despite his summer karate lesson, the riley cote experience is a failure.