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It was 3-0 Pens, and then this happened.

It’s hard to make fun of the Pens when the Flyers-Rangers series could be illustrated by a painting of a giant Brian Boyle gobbling up little hockey puck-shaped gnats. But Marc-Andre Fleury was at his best last night. And by best, I mean implodiest. The last two goals are just spectacular.

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It’s playoff time, which means, you guessed, people tweeting things about Wayne Simmonds that they’ll probably regret.

To the Storify machine!

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Go Screw, Dan Carcillo

Kyle Scott —  April 23, 2014 — 39 Comments

You know how this story ends. Classless Flyers fans give (that giant douchebag) Dan Carcillo the finger after playoff goal. This, on the same day that a Bulls fan threatened to bomb the Wizards and kill Joey Crawford’s family. Philly fans are, obviously, the worst:

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Here’s the thing about the Carcillo, um, thing: He deserved it. Yeah, I know that’s sour grapes. But he did his job last night– and that was to get under the Flyers’ (and fans’) skin. The goal was just the FU cherry on top.

I’m generally not a finger-giver, but if I was in that same rinkside seat, I probably would’ve broken my hand by punching the glass in an attempt to get at Carcillo’s face. Because I’m a big tough guy, obviously.

Let’s recap Car Bomb’s explosion:

Starts off the night by joking with his friend Giroux on the ice.

Quickly turns and tries to bait Giroux after Jakub Voracek broke Carl Hagelin in half.

Appears, to those in attendance at least, to take a dive on this hit by Matt Read:

Upon further inspection, yeah, Read caught him with a shoulder. But that wasn’t apparent in the building and, quite frankly, the boos of the “injured” Carcillo were deserved. It looked like he was faking, and he probably was to some degree.

Takes a stupid penalty. 

Comes out of the box and scores the dagger to end all daggers:

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That’s the backstory. That’s why the fingers flew. Carcillo deserved them. He earned them. He wanted them. I hate Carcillo, but a part of me still wishes he was on the Flyers. He’s Zac Rinaldo, only dirtier. And his sniveling face makes it easier for him to draw penalties. You just want to catch him with a rogue shoulder. Want to punch him in the face. Want to… give him the double bird.

UPDATE: Forgot to include this for some reason [via the Flyers' city-leading PR department]:

Were you surprised that the fans were that hostile towards you when you were down on the ice with an injury?

“No. Nothing surprises me about this city and the way people act.”

Is there any special satisfaction doing it against this team and in this building?

“Yeah for sure, I played here, I know people on that other side. When you don’t get qualified by a team it basically means that don’t want you so to come back and score a big goal… two points is huge we needed to get home ice back and that’s what we did.”

Everyone with the two points.

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I suppose another headline could’ve been: Kacie McDonnell Out of Her Wolf of Broad Street t-shirt. But I didn’t want to bait you.

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I can’t tell if I love this or hate this [via the Flyers' city-leading PR department]:

What’s the mindset now? Obviously you came back with some momentum. Now they grab a game down here. What’s the mindset?

“It doesn’t change anything for us. We’ll be ready for game four. We’re going to tie up this series and go back to New York. We just have to stay confident. That’s why it’s playoffs. It’s exciting. We’re going to come off even better in game four.”

Do you look at game four as a must win?

“Obviously. We’re at home. I think those games at home, you have to win them. Tonight we weren’t able to get the job done. Now we’re looking to [do it] game four.”

You know what, I’m going to set aside the fact that the guy hasn’t scored or had a shot on goal in three games and go with this. We all ate crow once already this season. Why do it again? It tastes like garbage. If Giroux says they’re going to win, then they’re going to win. They’ll probably win. I mean, they should win. Maybe they’ll win. It’s mostly a toss-up. They probably won’t win.

That Was Horrible!

Kyle Scott —  April 23, 2014 — 40 Comments

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I’ve always preferred sitting behind the net at hockey games (and basketball games, for that matter). The more expensive seats are at center ice, the TV view, but I’ve always felt that it’s best to view a game the way a coach might view it later on– from in front of or behind the action. Maybe it’s the years of playing NHL on Sega and PlayStations and seeing things move vertically. I don’t know. But I prefer it. It gives you a much better view of plays developing. Sitting on the side, you’re never too far from the action, but you lose depth perception and context of what is taking place. You see things, but you don’t see them.

Last night I sat behind the Flyers’ goal. I saw things. Not good things. [If you don't count all the people I saw wearing Wolf shirts!] Let’s discuss them.

 

Video game hockey

Again, maybe it’s because I’ve spent thousands of hours playing NHL games in my life, but the Flyers last night reminded me of a sub-par gamer who couldn’t score against a much better AI or real-world opponent. Somewhere around 2006 or 2007, the NHL games started to get really realistic. Gone were the days of skating the length of the ice and either swooping in front of the net or setting up a one-timer. Defenses started to behave like defenses and you actually had to create scoring opportunities. For some who really understood hockey, this was a seamless transition. They innately knew what to do. Others got pigeonholed into the same breakout every time up the ice.

That was the Flyers last night.

I couldn’t even begin to count the number of times their breakout went one of the following two ways:

Gather puck, however awkwardly, begin skating it out of zone, find what appears to be a streaking (but not really) winger on the right side, usually Vinny Lecavalier, gain the opposing blue line with no particular plan, and then either A) take a slap shot that has no chance of going in, B) get pushed to the outside by a faster and more physical Rangers defenseman, or C) stop right on the blue line and get called for offsides… because you stopped on the blue line.

Gather puck, however awkwardly, pass it up the left boards to an awaiting winger, find what appears to be a streaking (but not really) center in the middle, usually Claude Giroux, and then either A) get too “creative” at center ice and bungle the play or B) gain the blue line and get swallowed up by a faster and more physical Rangers defenseman.

All the credit in the world to the Rangers’ defense – it’s very good – by my God did the Flyers fall into the same trap over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. They were the novice NHL player after 2007 who couldn’t, for the life of him or her, figure out how the heck to generate reasonable scoring chances. Um, why can’t I just streak down the wing, pirouette at the face-off dot, and pass to Claude Giroux, who will swing his stick wildly like a toddler with his first Mylec jawn and take an overly reckless one-timer in the slot which may or may not go in but will look cool?

It was so predictable, and every time I saw Vinny gather steam (although at this point it’s more like he’s a service train trying to find a break in the line), I knew the play was going to end with the puck bouncing off a Flyers stick and into a Rangers three-on-two.

 

Power play

Sitting at the end where the Flyers shot once – in the second period – I also got an up-close look at their power play.

First off, the Rangers blocked a ton of shots. That was the real story of this game. Their defense is a real-world condom: no matter how much you wiggle and how hard you shoot, they’re going to block it 99.9% of the time. For real, Trojan ENZ should sponsor them. Their penalty kill is just a bunch of guys playacting safe sex. OH YEAH, GOT THIS BABY READY TO AHH… shit. That didn’t feel so good. And why is Dan Girardi laughing at me? WHY IS HE EVEN HERE?! Can I just throw this on the floor?

But besides all the blocking, there’s another problem: that stupid corner triangle game isn’t working for the Flyers. Look, I know that Giroux dangling above the left face-off circle has been the Flyers’ power play strategy for years, and it’s worked mostly very well. But, IT’S NOT WORKING AGAINST THE RANGERS! Do you think the Rangers really care how long the Flyers cycle the puck in the corner, and then out to Giroux, and then over to the point defenseman, and then back to Giroux, and then back to the point defenseman, and then back to Giroux, and then into the corner, and then into the other side of the very same corner, and then back to Giroux? You can’t do it against them. 1) You’re not going to score from out there on Lundqvist. You have no angle. He’s too good. 2) Giroux doesn’t get room to breathe once he touches the puck. 3) You’re shrinking the offensive zone by about 68%. And 4) even if you do get a shot from the lone point man, it will almost undoubtedly be blocked, since the Rangers have already forgotten about 32% of their zone… and because they’re a giant condom.

Why not cycle the puck behind the net, forcing Lundqvist to look over his shoulder and go side-to-side, while one forward stays in the slot and the weak-side defenseman sneaks in when no one is looking? Or, I know(!), how about sending a man into the high slot and having Giroux set him up for a one-timer, snap shot or wrister (whatever!) that doesn’t wind up in Brian Boyle’s shin guard?

 

An epidemic

pic via (@shawnnmatthias)

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OH COME ON, IT’S THE PLAYOFFS!

 

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No, he didn’t, Neil. And quite frankly, neither did I. People were calling Couturier that for a month on Twitter. Gotta love how Comcast folks have the pulse of the fan.

 

You guys are awesome

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reader Nick

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I told you Rickey Ledee’s Twitter was the best

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Everymen

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They were on the scoreboard, too. I also spotted Bryan Braman while I was pulling into the parking lot:

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Game 3 Pump Up Video

Kyle Scott —  April 22, 2014 — 20 Comments

Tonight, it’s G’s night. Calling it, just like I called the meth lab. My first game of the year he scored his first goal of the year. Going tonight and he’s starting his playoff scoring.

via Fisklingur on YouTube

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That’s pretty good, actually. Of course, the joke might not be on bloggers. Those Snow Bowl sweatshirts alone paid for my honeymoon and several years worth of utility bills.

cartoon via (@RobTornoe), whom I actually like a lot, via (@TheHypnotoad44)