By Kevin K
Usually I would stay positive and give you a recap of the game along with my cheers and jeers of the game, not today. Today I complain. Today I rant. Today I am angry.
I am done with this whole "Home Ice Advantage" when it obviously doesn't change the game. The Flyers have LOST two of the three home games, including a Game Five loss Friday night. Sure the Flyers fought back to tie up the game only to lose in Overtime, but when you have a terrible Power Play, the Flyers aren't going to succeed.
There is no flow to the Power Play, no rush along with stupid passes to set up the perfect play. IT ISN'T WORKING! Today at practice the Flyers focused on their Power Play woes, putting in four forwards (JVR, Richards, Briere, and Giroux) with one defender (TImonen).
This setup may help them only because JVR has showed up and played aggressive throughout the Playoffs. However, CAPTAIN Mike Richards hasn't done much. Sure he has setup two pretty goals by Zherdev and Briere, but he has done nothing else. Richards is supposed to take over the game as our Captain, but it seems as if he isn't showing up. Richie needs to step up his play if the Flyers want to win the next two games and somehow make it to the next round.
Now the Flyers face elimination with a huge question mark at goaltending. Who is it going to be? Boucher allowed two cheap goals early on in Game Five, Bob looked bad in a Game two win for the Flyers, and Leighton looked solid in Game Five off the bench, allowing a rebound to go in the net (in which Matt Carle was right there, but didn't do his job). Right now the goalie for Game Six is a game time decision; however, look at the other side of the ice. ONE solid, strong goalie, carrying the Sabres to victory on his back. The Sabres are not working with three backup goalies, they are working with ONE solid goalie. One goalie that is carrying the team with him. Now this has been a constant problem for the Flyers since Ron Hextall and seems as if it will continue to be.
Now the Flyers are on the brink of elimination. How will they come out in Game Six? Will they play like they did last year against Boston, or will they play like their run is over?
We will know on Easter Sunday.
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