Thank god for DVR...because I got to see all of the important stuff...
Let me just start off by saying I'm sick of hearing that the flyers are dirty. At the beginning of the season a couple players made some bad decisions. It cost us big time. Game over. We did our time. It's the end, and I don't want to hear about it anymore b/c it's irrelevent. The Flyers are not "dirty".
Moving right along now to my second issue. Diving. I'm sick of it. In every series. I've bad-mouthed Crosby up and down these message boards for it but last night's performance by Price was pretty bad. Habs fan or Flyers fan...it is very clear and if you don't believe me...cehck the slow motion...
Pathetic. There's no place for it in this sport. And I mean for any team b/c I would be pissed if Biron had pulled that poop too (plus he probably would have been called). The fact is Price knew he was caught with Kapenen coming around the other side of the net. So what does he do? He falls as if he's been hit by a bus. We all know Downie is capable of some pretty rough stuff but I think that after all the penalties (in the few minutes he's played) he's had a severe talking to and is a little more in line. It was a dive and Downie was on the receiving end of a beat down for it.
I was not happy about Montreal having a power play after that. Overall I was not happy with the fact that the penalties were 9-5. Really? The Flyers (who led by 3) were taking the penalties. That sounds a little backwards to me. I find it hard to believe that Montreal didn't pull some of the things that we were called for.
Hatcher, you're an idiot for doing that with a 3 goal lead in the third. Penalty-yes. Major- no. Initially Hatcher was told he was getting two minutes. When they saw the blood it should have been 4. Penalties are supposed to be called by what happened not by the complaining of a coach. Only the Flyers. I'd like to see a major handed to another team for the same thing. Bull. It was a bad call and the moment an official shows taht they can be swayed by a coach or player's argument is the moment they lose their authority in the game.
On the other end, the hit on Umbergers knee was not cool. You can't go for a players legs. And going for a player with a recent injury is just really a bit much. If Richards had that kneeing penalty in game one, what exactly was this? Hip to knee contact. I would call it intention to injure. But it wasn't called.
Be that as it may, the Flyers did their best to kill of the many Montreal powerplays and with 20 blocked shots I would say they had a pretty stellar overall PK performance. Biron was stellar once again. Price was not...once again. I gave Price the benefit of the doubt in the first two games. It looked like he was having a rough start but it also looked like his defense was asleep. In that third period though it looked like the Flyers were scoring at will.
Upshall's shot was very very good. It was a great play by Lupul and Upshall really used the screen but at the same time Upshall was out far enough that Price should have at least gotten a piece of it.
Richards, oh Richards. I turned to my sister and said "What do you think about a Mike Richards short handed goal?" "I think it could happen" was her response. And it did. Just moments after our exchange he was on the ice for the PK. Skates down.
"Hey wouldn't it be funny if..."
Bam! In the net. Almost from the blue line. What happened Cary?
That was quite a kick for the Flyers and to finish off an exciting period. Umberger put away a rebound. I know that the commentators blamed Price saying it was a soft shot. I beg to differ though. It was a good shot and the defense wasn't there to get the rebound.
The Flyers defense, and forwards on the other end seemed to really be in the right place at the right time and they pounced on rebounds. Biron was awesome stopping 32 of 34 shots. And the Flyers forwards were awesome scoring on 3 of 14 shots.
14 shots though, come on guys, I know you can do better. And two shots in the third is just unacceptable. Even if you are killing off a major for the first part.
Kudos to the Flyers for actually coming out after the game and challenging the refs. There have been many times where they could have thrown around accusations this season but they didn't (for the most part). But I though they were justified in what they had to say.
A quick shout out to Prospal. Hey, your team is in the second round now. This is still the playoffs. Where the heck are you? He really needs to pick up his game a little bit more.
As far as other offense, Upshall should apparently always be shooting from the point. Interesting but that line was phenomenal last night as they have been throughout the playoffs and the end of the season. In any case, I'm looking forward to the return of Knuble.
The Flyers have yet to play their best hockey, but I would say, the Candiens haven't either. Next game should be interesting. I hope that there will over all be less penalties. Just let them play. Okay I'm done for now. More after tonight's games.