This is a statement
The Flyboys were solidly outplayed by a more determined, grittier team that spent too much time in the Flyers' zone. The Flyers spent too much time in the box against the league's best power play and paid the price and had a shortie put up on them.
The Forwards need to forecheck better and keep the puck in the zone and make the Caps react. The Defense needs to make crisp outlet passes and spark the transition game. The team needs to keep the shot totals down - Niity needs to be able to see the puck and control as few rebounds as possible. Oh, and he needs to bring his glove hand to the rink tonight. Most importantly, the Flyers need to stay out of the box and win the game 5-on-5 - which they are more than capable of doing. Allow Nylander to feed AO in man-down situations and it will be a long night for Niitty.
This game will tell us much about the character of this team as it endures its longest roadtrip of the season.
This type of game is why you became a hockey player in the first place. This is as much of a must win as could be in a young season. This is a momentum game.
This is why you rode on cramped buses throughout the night to faraway games just to play the game you love...why you spent hours firing pucks into empty nets long after the other kids were safe and warm...why you skated sprint after sprint 'till your legs and lungs were ready to burst...why you felt like entering the rink was like a homecoming. This is why you became a hockey player.
This is a game with a big, red circle around it.
Cinch your chinstraps tight boys.
This is gut check time.
Are you ready?
Thanks for reading...