Today’s music video is How You Like Me Now by The Heavy.
Well, how do you like that! The Philadelphia Flyers brought their NHL best record with them last night, but must have left it in the dressing room, as they took our Florida Panthers for granted. Most likely looking forward to today’s skills competition and an eight day layoff, the Flyers were……stunned!
For the third game in a row the Florida Panthers have chased the oppositions starting goaltender. Last week it was Cam Ward and Ryan Miller. Last night it was Flyer rookie Sergei Bobrovski, leaving many asking “What about Bob”?
Tomas Vokoun and our cast of characters which included goals by Shawn Matthias, Evgeny Dadonov (we have our own Geno), Mike Santorelli, Bill Thomas, and Knuckles, turned our Cats meow into a legitimate growl. For at least one night! These kids, along with big brother Marty Reasoner have injected some nice energy, hustle and excitement for our club. Who knows, maybe my mental capacity post has worked.
As the game was about to start, I was thinking that if the Panthers could survive the first 5-8 minutes and stay with Philly, they might have a chance. They did, and in the losing minutes of the first, two Panther goals shut the Flyer faithful up. Well, except for the boo birds. Clearly a display of taking your opponent for granted, and not being “up” for the game. Here’s Flyer coach Peter Laviolette’s press conference.
Here’s what our Pete had to say:
“I’m sure we caught them with one foot out the door for Christmas break, but we’ll take it,” Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. “Our guys came to play and we got that early lead. The difference is those first 10 minutes. If they would’ve got one and got the crowd into it, it might have been a different story. We got some big saves when we needed and some timely goals.”
Vokoun pitched his fourth shutout of the year stopping 26 Flyer shots, while the Panther defence played with composure and made smart decisions. At one point the Flyers went eight minutes without a shot on goal. The Flyers tried getting physical, but the Panthers wouldn’t bite. No need to let the momentum swing the other way, I actually was waiting for Daniel Carcillo to goad someone into a fight, but he had no takers. As long as we finish our checks, and play the body, I can live with games like this. Little Stevie had an assist on the night and the point projection is now at 50.
I haven’t handed this out in awhile, but I can’t resist now. My Molson Canadien player of the game: Evgeny Dadonov. His goals was a sweet one!
I don’t want to gloat, because I know that our next tilt against the Penguins on Wednesday can go the other way, it’s still nice to be a little giddy!
Thanks to our friends Eugene and Karla at Broad Street Buzz for being good sports about this one.
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