Tonight’s Game 5 in South Philadelphia is going to be a blood bath. Each game has gotten more and more physical, chippy, and down right dirty. Words have been exchanged on and off (see: Cindy Ruff) the ice. What was a seven game series is now a best of three. Love playoff hockey? You bet your ass.
Game 5 Notes
– Cindy Ruff. The media has had a field day today responding to Lindy Ruff’s comments on the Flyers whining about the officiating.
“I just feel that they’re doing a lot of whining. They’re really doing a lot of whining. I didn’t hear any whining when they had 10 power plays in Philly, and I didn’t hear any whining when the power plays in the first game were lopsided,” Ruff told reporters in Buffalo before the team jetted to Philadelphia.
“But all of a sudden there’s all this whining about, ‘We’re getting away with murder.’ That’s a bunch of crap. That’s for the media. That’s for the officials to read. That’s, ‘Here, let’s get the next call.’ That’s a bunch of crap. Let’s just play,” Ruff said.
I generally respect Lindy Ruff as a coach but come on, even if I was a Sabres fan I would have no hesitation calling these past 4 games the worst officiated playoffs series I have ever seen on both sides (the Sabres also had 10 powerplays in Game 2). The major elbow penalty to Mike Richards at the end of the second period of Game 4 as cheap shot specialist Kaleta came barreling down at him was a laughable and embarrassing call. Lavy responded to Ruff’s comments calling them “funny”, and that one of his assistants re-wrote the quote replacing “whining” with the word “winning”. Well played, coach.
Ref: "Don't worry coach, we know Lindy is just jealous of your sweet flow." Lavy: "Thanks, bro."
– Pronger Update: Chris Pronger’s healing wrist showed even more improvement during practice this morning, where he was taking harder wrist shots and, for the first time since his injury, a few slap shots. Despite the conflicting rumors, Pronger is officially out for Game 5. Although I’d love to have his ferocity and physicality in the lineup for what is sure to be a chippy Pronger-esque game, he has not been the Flyers’ missing piece in this series. Ryan Miller has been the only piece for the Sabres.
– This one is going to be nasty. The Flyers vow to be more physical in Game 5.
“I’m expecting us to come out hard, really hard. I don’t know how many hits we had, but I’d say we have to double it for [Game 5]. It’s going to be our fans and our rink, and we’re going to come out hard. Trust me.” – Kimmo Timonen
I love hearing Timonen say this. Coming from a guy who isn’t known to have much of a temper, he’s played with a chip on his shoulder all series. These two teams hate each other. It’s been pretty obvious the last 4 games and will be even more obvious tonight. Buckle up and enjoy.
Carcillo presents his goods for a very willing Ryan Miller.
– Stick to the game plan. There is no need to reinvent the wheel in order to beat the Sabres tonight. The Flyers lost two games in this series because Ryan Miller singlehandedly stole two games. Keep ripping shots. Keep getting bodies in front of Miller. Move the puck faster. BANG BODIES! Just keep it simple, execute, and the results will follow.
Time to head down to the rink! GO FLYERS!