Let 'em in! Let 'em in!
A classic Dry Island (PLAYOFF EDITION!) game: Danny B does what Danny B does, then summer massacre acquisitions, Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek, net the tying and winning goals.
Somewhere, Paul Holmgren is swinging his dick around like a drunk guy with his tie off at an office party. I told you! I told you these guys could play! Even that ugly motherfucker, with the scraggly hair and thinned-out beard, what’s his name, Dora… Vora…. Velocity… Voracek!! Yeah, that guy! I knew what I was doing. You thought I was crazy, but I knew. I KNEW!
And with that, as Jakub slipped one into the back of the net to win Game 1 for the Flyers, 4-3, the ghost of Jeff Carter’s missed Stanley Cup Finals Game 6 opportunity faded into the night.
First, I’ll quote myself from earlier on Danny Briere:
He lives for the playoffs. His soft hands exist for the sole purpose of finishing high during in-close scrums. His fist pump, engineered to heighten springtime excitement.
Those magical, top-shelving hands.
Some stats courtesy of the Flyers:
Danny Briere posted his sixth career two-goal playoff game and his fourth as a Flyer. He now has 31 goals and 30 assists for 61 points in 58 playoff games for the Flyers, and moves past Rick Tocchet into 8th place in on the Flyers all-time playoff scoring list. Only Briere, Eric Lindros (10th, 24-33-57 in 50 games), Ken Linseman (11th, 11-42-53 in 41 games) and Peter Forsberg (4G, 4A in 6 games in 2005-06) have scored more than a point-per-game on average in the playoffs in Flyers history.
– Schenn: We expect this from Briere, but not sure anyone expected Brayden Schenn’s balls to descend below his ankles. He was playing like… Mike Richards. – ducks! – He hit everything, made defenders bounce off him, and scored the game-tying goal in the third period.
– Peter Laviolette post-game: “The playoffs are like a loaf of bread. It's slice by slice. Some slices you really like, some are kind of moldy and rotten.”
Write that down.
– Chris Therien on his Twitter: “I found out what a real Pens fan is! One who boos the 2nd greatest player in the history of their franchise repeatedly because he plays for another team now! Real classy!”
– Richie and Carts had a good night for themselves, too: The Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-2. Richards had a goal and two assists, and Carter, who was returning from his annual late season foot problem, this time a bruised ankle, had two assists.
– Former referee Kerry Fraser blames linesman on Briere's offsides.
– Jaromir Jagr did the NHL '94 celebration last night.
Lots of playoff coverage yesterday and last night, so if you missed anything:
Your full game highlights are after the jump.
*For those of you looking for Morning Wood: On mornings following Flyers playoff games, we’ll most likely stick to the Flyers and jump back to Wood on days in between.