Archive for February 28, 2009

Flyers Lose to Canadiens in Overtime

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2009 by flyersfan44

This was a bizarre game on many levels.  First, center Glen Metropolit began the day with the Flyers at the morning skate and then, after being claimed off waivers by Montreal, started for the Canadiens this evening.  Second, the Flyers came out with great energy and scored 29 seconds into the game on Joffrey Lupul’s goal, then took a 2-0 lead when Canadiens’ defenseman Roman Hamrlik made a wonderful six-foot pass to Mike Richards in the right circle and the Flyers’ captain buried the puck past goalie Jaroslav Halak, who must have been wondering if his teammates’ idea of defensive coverage was standing around watching the opposition buzz the net.  Thirdly, the Flyers again demonstrated their propensity to show us what Attention Deficit Disorder looks like on a hockey team, when they lost focus and seemingly stopped playing for the second half of the first period.  Montreal scored three goals in the span of 2:04 to take a 3-2 lead. 

The Flyers recovered in the second period, controlling play and outshooting the Habs 18-5 but scored only on Simon Gagne’s breakaway and the “PECO Power Play” again looked low on energy.  (If this keeps up, the Philadelphia Electric Company will probably rethink its decision to have its name associated with such a power-deficient entity).  The Flyers couldn’t score despite having two five-on-three advantages for over two minutes. Overall, they were 0 for 8 on the man advantage. 

The third period was scoreless for both teams although the Flyers had several good chances but couldn’t convert.  The overtime period put the cap (sorry – don’t say that word) on the bizarre night.  Scotty Upshall flew down the wing with the puck past a Montreal defender , got around him  and cut hard toward the net.  As he attempted to make a move around Halak, he went into the crease and made contact with the goalkeeper.  Of course, a very questionable goalie interference penalty was called, as the referee evidently disregarded the fact that the game was in overtime, once again demonstrating the  preferential treatment that the League gives to Le Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge.  This was one of the most ridiculous calls I have ever seen.  The goalie interference penalty is designed to keep opposing players WITHOUT the puck from preventing the goalie from making a save.  Additionally, incidental contact made by a player with the puck who is attempting to score is not typically considered goalie interference and the contact must be “intentional or deliberate”.  Upshall was looking at the puck as in moved in on Halak and did not deliberately run into him.  This was a ridiculous call especially for overtime. 

All that being said, the Flyers could have played a better game. They had a 2-0 lead and then fell asleep, they couldn’t score on the power play while allowing Montreal to go 2 for 5, and they missed numerous good chances to score. 

Finally, I couldn’t believe the number of Canadiens’ fans at the game. Why the hell are they following around the circus act that the Canadiens’ have been lately?  The only solace that I took from this was after the game when my nephew’s friend saw a Canadien fan looking highly unfashionable with his jersey tucked in; he tucked in his own Flyers jersey, pulled his jeans up to his chest, and followed the poor guy through the concourse to the delight of many otherwise disgruntled Flyers’ fans. 

Friggin’ Devils tomorrow.  We need to get things together soon because play like this does not bode well for the stretch drive and playoffs.

This was a penalty!!!?

This was a penalty!!!?