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Mike Richards scored the first playoff penalty shot goal in Franchise history and broke the back of the Washington Capitals in the process. Mr. Everything skated in, dipped his shoulder, and calmly tucked the puck in the Five Hole of Cristobal Huet to seal the fate of the Caps. Mr. Huet can now pick up his shorts from the Club Box Level, because he lost them on the fake wrister from #18. He is money, plain and simple.

Not to be outdone, Danny Briere continues his scintillating play as he picks up two goals and an assist to bring his three game total to 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points. Ever since Briere showed a lot of Philadelphia guts, and played with the hurt shoulder at the end of the regular season, the fans have been solidly behind him. They rewarded his efforts tonight with a chorus of cheers and accolades. Was it Alexander Ovechkin who scored 65 or Danny Briere?? By their play thus far, I would have to say it appears that Danny has had the better of the matchup.

Marty Biron played very well tonight, coming up big when called on. He was square to the shooter, kept up on his skates well and resisted the tendency to go into the butterfly too early. His patience allowed him to be strong in the crease and let the shots come to him. The defense played well, despite losing heart and soul Kimmo Timonen to an absolutely blatant attempt to injure crosscheck by Brooks Laich that left Timonen crumpled in the net in obvious pain. He is listed as an "upper body injury" and that could be anything from a hangnail to a separated shoulder. Let's all hope his recovery is in the 24 hour time period, as they cannot afford to lose his defensive presence. Besides Richards, I cannot think of another non-goalie player that is more important to the overall success of the Flyers than #44. Get well soon.

Sami Kapanen and Jim Dowd put on a clinic on how to read the eyes of the breakout defender and make him look silly. Dowd interrupted the pass from Caps D-man Milan Jurcina and deftly saucered it to Sami Kapanen, who buried the shot past a bewildered Cristobal Huet. As I mentioned earlier, the look on Sami's face was one of relief, joy and living in that glorious moment - I could not be more happy for such a classy guy. He has been through some exceedingly tough times this year, though you would not know it from the look on his face as the puck went in. Congrats Sami!

While the Caps have made it interesting at times, the fact of the matter is that the Flyers have outplayed, outhit, out rushed and out goaltended the Caps in most every phase of the game. It would not be a stretch to say that the Flyers have won 8 of the 9 periods of play and should feel pretty good going into the fourth game on Thursday night at the Bank Building. That is not to say they can take the game lightly or that a victory is a foregone conclusion, far from it. But what it means is that the Orange and Black KNOW in their heart of hearts that they can play with and beat this Capitals team - knowledge is power.

p.s. - go high glove side on Huet

Thanks for reading...


Filed Under:   SYF   Flyers   Capitals   Briere   Richards  
April 15, 2008 11:35 PM ET | Delete
Hey SYF. Great coverage. Great game....I'm gonna go beg the wife for some lovin'
April 16, 2008 12:42 AM ET | Delete
Anything to wipe that smirk off of Huet's face. Nice post, great win. I hope the locals start giving Huet his due and taunt him and his diving mates all the way home.
April 16, 2008 8:14 AM ET | Delete
Nice job...wonder why Montreal got rid of Huet? They might've seen the weeknesses sooner then the Capitals.
April 16, 2008 10:11 AM ET | Delete
SYF, good job as usual. The only quibble, and a minor one at that, is that Lindros did actually score a playoff penalty shot back in '97.That notwithstanding, Richards opened up Huet like a can opener.
April 16, 2008 10:48 AM ET | Delete
Hey buddy! Great recap/blog. Way to take it to 'em Flyers! (And I too hope that Kimmo is OK and back on the ice ASAP.) Go Nashville East!
April 16, 2008 11:02 AM ET | Delete
Let's hope this keep up, great job SYF. LETS GO FLYERS!!!!....dah..dah......dah..dah..dah!
April 16, 2008 12:42 PM ET | Delete
Well said. Love Mike Richards, the guy is a stud and worth every year and penny of that deal. Happy to see Briere playing well; never understood his rep as "disappearing" in the playoffs. Nice that he's bounced back and performed after the boos. And who doesn't love Biron? He looks solid and should only get better as he really settles into the series as a starter. That was a dirty play on Timonen. They need to curb that, it happens way too often. Why crosscheck a guy into your goalie? The D should be looking to clear away guys cruising in near the crease, but that was just stupid and dangerous. Philly has shown they are the better and deeper team. I think Washington's late season momentum is losing steam, but if they win game 4 I still think it goes 7. Huet needs to focus and be better. Good post SYF.
April 16, 2008 1:34 PM ET | Delete
What a great game. I think the hit on Kimmo and the one on Hartnell after the Briere Powerplay goal were flat out cheap shots. But I hear that Kimmo is ok and will play. So Go Flyers!
April 16, 2008 4:33 PM ET | Delete
phi1671 : To be fair to Huet, I don't think the quality of his play has been the biggest faator in this series (I believe if you swap Huet for Biron, the Flyers are still dominating the series). Anyway, he was a serious upgrade over Kolzig -- no way would the Caps have made the playoffs without the Huet acquisition at the deadline.
April 16, 2008 4:44 PM ET | Delete
Well said, my friend!
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