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Flyers Stifle Rangers, 2-0; Carcillo Pounds Gaborik

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 22, 2010 by flyersfan44

Sometimes you never know which Flyers team is going to show up for a game. On Thursday night at the Wachovia Center, the Flyers played one of their best games of the season in shutting down the Rangers, 2-0. With an excellently executed defensive game, the Flyers allowed very little in the way of opportunities for the Blueshirts and stifled the Rangers in the neutral zone with what looked like a part lock and part trap that prevented any Rangers’ speed and which forced turnovers. The Flyers are now 10-3-1 since a dismal loss to Florida on December 21. Hopefully, this is the team that we’ll see the most of for the rest of the season.

Some interesting sidelights occurred during the game, with Dan Carcillo fighting Rangers leading scorer and resident pacifist, Marian Gaborik. During a shoving match by the Flyers’ net, Carcillo grabbed Gaborik away from the scrum and after they tugged at each other for a few seconds, a fight ensued. After the game, Rangers’ coach John Tortorella questioned Carcillo’s “honor” for going after Gaborik. Rangers’ writers and bloggers have also picked up on Carcillo’s post-game comment that he was “licking his chops” in going after Gaborik and denounced Carcillo for doing so. They should re-read his comment. Carcillo said that after they had been shoving, he was surprised that Gaborik dropped his gloves and was “licking his chops” at the prospect of fighting him. The New Yorkers have misrepresented those comments to indicate that Carcillo was looking to fight Gaborik in a premeditated fashion. During the scrum, Carcillo did appear to look to grab Gaborik, but he made no move to begin fighting him until after Gaborik dropped his gloves and began throwing a punch.

During the post-game press conference, Tortorella was asked why no Ranger came to the aid of their star player by New York Post writer Larry Brooks. A good question, since you really can’t let a non-fighter star player get beat up by another team’s tough guy. Now, Tortorella hates Brooks and their current feud goes back to 2007. So the question led to an entertaining exchange between the two.

Agitator Sean Avery did seek out and fight Carcillo in the third period for one of his few contributions to the game. The Rangers appeared as punchless overall in the game as they did while their leading scorer was getting pounded. Can’t see this team making the playoffs.

Carcillo Gets Four Game Suspension; Reaction to Coaching Change Worrisome

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 6, 2009 by flyersfan44

Flyers’ winger Dan Carcillo has been suspended by the NHL for four games as the result of an altercation he had with Capitals’ enforcer Matt Bradley during Saturday’s 8-2 debacle. With the score tied at one, Bradley took a run at Carcillo along the boards and appeared to get his stick up. Carcillo, who has a fuse about as long as a candle wick, cross-checked Bradley and then decked him with one punch. Bradley was in the motion of dropping his gloves when Carcillo clocked him, leaving Bradley dazed. Carcillo was hit with a totally unreasonable nine minutes in penalties plus a game misconduct for being quicker to the punch while Bradley got nothing for the high stick or for droppping his gloves. Of course, the Caps blew the game open with three goals on the power play and never looked back.

Carcillo should have had the discipline to skate away after the hit rather than instigating the fight at that moment. He could have picked his spot later in the game. Acquiring players like Carcillo is part of the Flyers problem and part of the reason the players are upset with management. Popular Scotty Upshall was dealt for Carcillo, who really hasn’t shown that he can play. The game has changed – like it or not – and a player like Carcillo comes under the refs’ microscope very quickly. It’s not the 70s anymore and the Flyers’ management needs to recognize that. The team is carrying three fighters – Asham, Cote, and Carcillo. At least Asham can play and they’ve figured out that Cote can’t – he’s been a healthy scratch for most of the season despite injuries to several other forwards. It’s time to dump Carcillo.

The game against the Caps was a total debacle. Little effort, especially from the top guns. The team has not reacted well to the coaching change. This is worrisome. When the Penguins fired Michel Therrien last year, the team turned it around and won the Cup. The difference here – and this is critical – is that unlike the Penguins, the Flyers liked their coach and had not “turned him off” as the Penguins did with Therrien. If this team refuses to play for Laviolette, it will turn into a real mess. Trades will be the only option at that point. It’s still early and it’s only been one game, so let’s see if the team acts like professionals and decides to learn his system and play for him. Give it ten games and we should have an idea.

Flyers Interested in Petr Sykora?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 31, 2009 by flyersfan44

It’s pretty clear that the Flyers are thin on the wing at this point; they need to add another forward who has some scoring ability. Pittsburgh has not yet re-signed Petr Sykora, who had 25 goals in 76 games last season. The latest talk has the Flyers interested in signing him, but they would need to dump some salary first. This leads to rumors that Randy Jones and either Dan Carcillo or Riley Cote may be traded to Los Angeles. Fueling this speculation was the Flyers’ recent signing of former Columbus defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen. This may allow for them to trade Jones and his big contract, although Tollefsen has often been injured and played only 25 games last season. For that matter so has Sykora, who missed most of the playoffs last season with injuries. The Flyers may have to take a chance on him because they do need some additional scoring up front.