If you want to feel alive, I mean really feel alive, I suggest being a Philadelphia Flyer fan this season.
If you want to feel alive, I mean really feel alive, I suggest being a Philadelphia Flyer fan this season. I mean they’ll bring you all the way to the depths of your darkest hour; make you really question the meaning of life itself and get their asses handed to the 4-0 by the Blackhawks. And then the next night they’ll play a great game, beat the Penguins 5-3 and have you start mapping out your day for when they’re having a parade down Broad Street come June. Highs and lows and then probably some more lows again, but definitely some highs sprinkled throughout. Just when you think you hate their guts, the reel you back in. The Flyers are now 10-1-1 in the Consol Engery Center and own the Penguins in Pittsburgh aka West Philly West. Let’s break down the game a bit.
Classy Move by Pittsburgh and Classy Uni’s Too
Nate blogged it last night but it was pretty cool that Pittsburgh made sure they sang Oh, Canada before the game last night between two American teams. It was a senseless thing that happened up north yesterday and as much as I hate Pittsburgh, that was a solid move. Also, the Pens’ new thirds looked slick when they were unveiled and looked even better in action last night. Glad they didn’t break them out with a win though.
Bellemare Nets His First NHL Goal
Bienvenue a l’emission Bellemare. Old Frenchy picked a great game to score his first career NHL goal in. The Bellemare show has officially begun. He’ll be the greatest undrafted Free Agent since Wayne Gretzky, and that’s a fact. Also, I saw the nickname Pebbles floating around the interwebs last night and I loooooove it. So Pebbles it is.
R.J. Umberger With The Gordie Howe Hatty
Welcome back to the Pittsburgh man himself. A big time goal to take the lead in the 3rd period, a secondary assist on the eventual game winner and a pretty decent fight for a guy in the later stages of his career. The goal was nice but obviously the fight was Umberger’s best contribution to the game.
Was the hit pretty much as clean as it could be? Sure. But when you’re playing at full-speed and in real-time you can’t really tell. So it was great to see Umby step in there for Coots and have the kid’s back. Fuck Despres either way. Not necessarily for the hit, but just because he’s a plug.
Speaking of Coots
A great 3 point night capped off with the empty netter at the end to seal the deal. This was a huge game for Sean Couturier on national television. Not only did he have 3 points last night, but he held Sidney Crosby (ever heard of ‘em?) to zero. He also went 5-for-8 against Crosby in the faceoff circles. Also, this happened courtesy of @PeteBlackburn.
The Other Guys
It was a great, physical hockey game all around with a ton of intensity. The Flyers have looked pretty uninspired at times so far early in the season but glad to see they took our their sacks last night. They still look realllll shaky in their own defensive end but they made up for that was some solid sustained pressure on offense. They had 17 shots in the 2nd period, the one period when they didn’t score any goals but whatever I’ll take the shots. And lastly, Ray Emery is now 2-0-1 on the season, Steve Mason is 0-3-1. Gotta imagine they stick with Razor in Detroit and hopefully sitting out 2 games in a row will give Mason time to not be such a dickhead anymore.