Monday, May 2, 2011
3 - 2
3 - 2
A HECK OF A HOCKEY GAMEThe casual hockey fan who watched tonight’s Game Two at the Wells Fargo Center or simply just checked the score to see who had won probably thought to themselves that this was a heck of a hockey game.
They would of course be right.
The Flyers played like they had in their previous series against Buffalo. Out-shooting the opposition, out-chancing them and out-hitting them for most, if not all of the night.
“I really believe if we keep playing the same way, we keep skating with the same intensity, we’ll get some better results at the end of the night,” said Danny Briere.
But just as Flyers’ head coach Peter Laviolette stated over and over again in the previous series, the effort and game is there, but not the result and that is the only thing that counts.
Perhaps the brightest spot in tonight’s game was the growing presence and domination that sophomore forward James van Riemsdyk is showing in his second post-season.
“It was really awesome to watch him play like that. I thought that as you’re watching him he was constantly using his size, speed, and just really taking charge of the game,” said Laviolette. “It was such a good night for him. It makes you anxious to see his future unfold. Tonight he was an impact player. I thought it was the most dominating performances that I have seen from a player.”
Van Riemsdyk easily stood out as the best player on the ice for Game 2. He recorded two goals and had triple the chances beyond his two tallies.
He has scored goals in five straight games in the playoffs and his two goals are a new career high in one playoff game.
His seven goals in total are tied for the NHL lead in the playoffs, with teammate Danny Briere.
The series shifts now to Boston where again, the Flyers will have to dig themselves out of a hole. Game Three will be on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on VERSUS or 610 WIP radio.
|* The Flyers are 3-13 all-time in a playoff series when trailing 2-0. One of the three wins was last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinal vs. Boston.
* In the other two, the Flyers lost the first two games at home and came back to win in six games – the 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Pittsburgh and the 1977 quarterfinals vs. Toronto.
* The Flyers had 54 shots on goal tonight, which is a season high. The regular season high was 46 (11/15/10 vs. OTT) and they also surpassed the 49 SOG in Game 6 vs. Buffalo. It is the most shots for the Flyers in a playoff game since their franchise-record 75-shot game vs. Toronto in Game 4 of the 2003 ECQF (4/16/03).
* Mike Richards led the way with 10 shots on goal, the second Flyer to do so this postseason (van Riemsdyk, 10 vs. Buffalo in Game 6). Prior to van Riemsdyk hitting the mark, no Flyer had done so in a playoff game since 2000. It’s the most Richards has had in a single game since he took 11 shots at NYI on March 29, 2008. It follows up an eight-shot night in Game 1.
* James van Riemsdyk has recorded a goal in five straight games and his two goals are a new career high for goals in single playoff game.
* James van Riemsdyk posted eight shots on goal, making this his fifth game this postseason with eight or more shots on goal. He had never posted more than seven shots in a game in his two-year career before this year’s playoffs started.
* The 22 shots in the third period set a Flyers franchise record for shots at home in a single period of a playoff game. The previous record was 20, done twice before, most recently in the 2nd period of Game 2 of 1980 Semifinals vs. Minnesota. The overall franchise record is 28 at PIT in the first period of Game 3 of the 1997 ECQF.
* The Flyers put 89 pucks towards the net tonight (54 on goal, 23 that were blocked and 12 that missed), which is a playoff high.
* Three Flyers played over 30 minutes tonight – Andrej Meszaros played 33:12, Matt Carle 31:28, and Kimmo Timonen 30:09.
* Scott Hartnell and Darroll Powe were each credited with six hits tonight, while Matt Carle blocked seven shots.
|“I think it’s a good sign that we started playing the way that we should. We put more pressure and more pucks on net. This reminds me of last year. We weren’t getting the bounces at the start of the series. Hopefully we will get the bounces in Boston.”
-- Claude Giroux
“Well that’s playoff hockey. The lead is never safe. It doesn’t matter if it’s 2-0 or 1-0, that’s playoff hockey. We’ve seen it around the league, it happens, 3-0 leads and the team comes back. Obviously with a 2-0 lead we have to make sure we get the next goal. Obviously they got a quick two goals and it was a new game. Overall I thought we played pretty well. We created so many chances to score but couldn’t put one in.”
-- Kimmo Timonen
“There’s going to be games like that, where teams are going to get the lucky breaks. A team is going to get a great performance by the goalie, but I really believe that if we keep playing the same way we’ll get the results that we want.”
-- Danny Briere
"You know certainly tonight was awesome, the fans, the way they got going, and you know I just listened to the way God Bless America played out to the fans, and the events of the last couple days; just being a part of a sporting event that you can rally around like that is a special night."
-- Peter Laviolette
|James van Riemsdyk is no surprise for the Flyers star of the game.
Van Riemsdyk was easily the best person on the ice for both teams. He recorded both Flyers goals to bring his total to seven tallies in the playoffs, tying Danny Briere for the team lead.
Van Riemsdyk had multiple scoring chances in addition to his two goals, eight shots on goal and led all forwards, both Flyers & Bruins, in ice-time with 28:50.
The turning point in tonight’s game came with the winner in overtime by Bruins’ David Krejci.
Krejci is proving to be a Flyer killer through the first two games in the series. It is his third goal and fifth point through the first two games.
After the puck was flung around the boards and a bouncing puck got over Timonen’s stick, Nathan Horton centered the puck where Krejci fired a one-timer over Boucher’s shoulder.
|UTZ PIC OF THE NIGHT: JVR scores two goals for the Flyers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Bruins 3, Flyers 2, OT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - David Krejci scored 14:00 into overtime, Tim Thomas was phenomenal in net, and the Boston Bruins beat Philadelphia 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Thomas stopped 46 straight shots after the Flyers took a quick 2-0 lead. The series now shifts to Boston for the next two games on Wednesday and Friday.
Krejci fired a one-timer from one knee that ricocheted off the back off the net and back onto the ice. Play continued until officials could review the call. But the goal was clearly good.
"At first I thought it was in. Then they kept playing," Krejci said.
James van Riemsdyk had a breakout game for the Flyers. He scored two goals and was all over the ice trying to help the Flyers win at least one at home.
Instead, they have to rally from another deficit.
Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand also scored for the Bruins, who have taken a seemingly commanding lead on the Flyers for the second straight year. Boston led 3-0 in the East semis a year ago before the Flyers won four straight to advance - including a rally from a 3-0 hole in Game 7.