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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.