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"All Geeked-Up for the Deadline..."
Newtown Square, PA • United States • 45 Years Old • Male
But if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need

Mick and the Boys beautifully expressed the quandary the Flyers (and Pens) find themselves with a four day layoff until the puck drops to begin to decide the Eastern Conference Champion. I am quite sure that Marty Biron, Danny Briere, Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury and Marian Hossa would rather get back on the ice tonight and settle this thing straight away. But alas, the ratings wizards at the NHL have decreed that they wait until the weekend before letting rubber fly.

From a Flyers perspective, Marty Biron should be playing right now. To borrow from Mr. Loaf, he has been glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife since game 7 in Washington and making a convincing argument that he should continue channeling Ron Hextall.

Biron has gone from nearly losing his starting job to Antero Niittymaki to becoming a media darling after almost singlehandedly dispatching Montreal's finest. What a wild ride.

While his forced break being a benefit might seem as counterintuitive, the one thing it will do is give his aching body some well needed rest (and time to actually SEE his newborn daughter). In seven games against Washington, he faced 128 shots and came away with a 4-3 record while sporting a .908 save percentage and a 2.67 goals against average. Not too shabby. But when compared to what occurred against the Canadiens, it looks like Pee Wee.

Montreal put up 177 shots in 5 games...think about that. In two fewer game, the Habs put rubber on net 49 more times. Not ONE game in the Montreal series did he see less than 34 shots and surrendered only 14 goals throughout. His save percentage rocketed up to an amazing .921 while maintaining a more than respectable 2.71 goals against average. Long story short, he was a human pinball machine. Not only did Marty Biron survive, he thrived. It seemed like the more pucks he saw, the better he was. But the man needs a rest...even if it is a forced one.

Will Biron be able to withstand the most potent offense in the game today? Will he be able to stop not one superstar, but two (and a half)?? Will he be able to keep the likes of Georges Laraque and Jarkko Ruutu from getting in his kitchen the way the Flyers did to Carey Price? Can the Flyers play sound defense in front of him to combat the slick skating Pens? Can Biron be expected to perform at such a high level every game, sometimes being asked to win the game on his own? I dunno.

If I were Marty Biron, I might not want to be forced to rest. Buy as the song says, "if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need." Sing it Mick...

Thanks for reading...


Filed Under:   Flyers   Penguins   Biron   SYF  
May 5, 2008 10:36 PM ET | Delete
I love that song
May 5, 2008 11:11 PM ET | Delete
Sticky Fingers! (Er, glove, I mean.)
May 6, 2008 8:59 AM ET | Delete
As long as the glove that it sticky is that of Marc-Andre Fleury ;)
May 6, 2008 9:39 AM ET | Delete
I'd rather Biron channel Bernie Parent than Hextall.
May 6, 2008 10:15 AM ET | Delete
I know Hexy did not win, but he played the most dominant team to ever step on the ice and won the MVP...Hexy would be fine for me. But you're from Cape May - home of the Tan Cans, so you are likely right...:P
May 6, 2008 1:07 PM ET | Delete
It's time to get out the Tumblin' Dice and roll an 8 the hard way (4 against Pitt and 4 against the west) so the Flyers can drink from the Loving Cup as the Soul Survivor of the playoff year. I know that everybody thinks that Syndey and Malkin are Hot Stuff, but it will be Love in Vain because Richie, Coby and the boys are the Salt of the Earth. When the playoffs started, there really were No Expectations, but now every Factory Girl and Monkey Man when you play the Flyers, you Play With Fire. Starting Friday night, When The Whip Comes Down, the Penguin will become A Beast of Burden, carrying the Flyers on to the Stanley Cup finals while they're left to Bitch, holding Dead Flowers and singing I Got The Blues. Of course, this could be Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me), but I don't thinks so. In the meantime, I'll probably have my 19th Nervous Breakdown watching what looks like it should be a great series. One things for sure...........Sparks Will Fly
May 6, 2008 4:13 PM ET | Delete
Nice Pocono Flyer Fan! Nobody will complain if Marty steals a game or two Undercover of the Night. Let's just hope Little Queenie doesn't dive for too many penalties. Once he hits South Philly he'll be a Fool To Cry, as nobody will come to his Emotional Rescue and he and the Pens will find themselves Shattered. Sha Doo Bee
May 6, 2008 4:44 PM ET | Delete
Touche, Lex :)
May 6, 2008 8:47 PM ET | Delete
Since Marty Brodeur is out of it there shall be no sympathy for the Devil(s) so the Boys will just have to paint it black as they send the Pens into their 19th nervous breakdown and Sid might just need a mother's little helper to take away the pain and cry gimme shelter from these Flyers cause he is shattered!!!!!!!!!!!!
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