Flyers-Sabres Game 3 Notes
April 18, 2011
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The Flyers evened the series in a wild one on Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres, a game in which both teams combined for 24 minor penalties. Twentyfour! No matter how chippy a game is, there is no excuse for that many penalties. The refs need to put their whistles down tonight and remind themselves that this is playoff hockey. Let the boys play!
And in case you haven’t noticed, Claude Giroux is really really good at ice hockey.
Game 3 Notes
–UPDATE: The big headline heading into Game 3 tonight is the goalie switch for the Flyers. After much speculation, it appears that Brian Boucher will get the nod tonight instead of rookie netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, who got yanked in Game 2 after allowing three goals on seven shots in the first period. In Game 2, Boucher looked rock solid, allowing only one goal on 21 shots the rest of the game. It looks like Lavy is going with the stable and poised veteren in a sure to be emotional and hostile environment in Buffalo. My gut however, tells me that unless Boucher absolutely stands on his head or gets a shutout tonight, Bob gets the nod for Game 4.
- It’s Brian Boucher tonight. Flyers 4 Sabres 2
– Chris Pronger is out again in Game 3 as he continues to recover from a broken wrist. However, he did travel with the team up to Buffalo. You have to believe that if the Flyers win tonight, they will keep sitting Pronger until they absolutely need him. A loss tonight, and we could see him back in the lineup Wednesday night for Game 4. Side note: GM Paul Holmgren and head coach Peter Laviolette have put a muzzle on Pronger, forbidding him to speak to the media until he returns to the lineup. UPDATE: Pronger took shots at practice this morning for the first time since breaking his wrist. Although it was wrist shots only for Pronger, this is definitely a good sign.
– Nikolai Zherdev will dress tonight for the Flyers in place of Andreas Nodl, who will be out of the lineup with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Zherdev played well in the games he got in to at the end of the regular season. He possesses a skill set that few on this team have plus, he is a great weapon on the powerplay – which needs any boost it can get after going 1 for 15 in the first two games of the series.
– Jeff Carter needs to snap the fuck out of whatever Sea Isle jager-bomb daydream he’s been in the last two games. The Flyers leading goal-scorer has been invisible in this series, wiffing on wide open opportunities, shying away from any form of contact (as usual), and coasting around the ice like a lost puppy dog. Carter needs to buck up and show us why the Flyers resigned him to a long-term deal this year. This also goes for Danny Briere, who has been smoking whatever Carter has. WAKE UP! IT’S THE PLAYOFFS!
- Get it together Carter for Gods sake!