Monday, June 7, 2010

Playing With Fire

I'm sorry but I have to get a little "Ray Ferraro" on Peter Laviolette for his approach to Game 5:

Coach, you should be ashamed of yourself. After losing Game 1 in Chicago by getting into a gun battle, you thought it would be 'ok' to try and go toe-to-toe with the Hawks in their own barn? You knew Quenneville was going to change up his lines and you knew the arena was going to be rocking yet you decided not to adapt or take the crowd out of the game. Frequent stoppages of play and locking up the neutral zone would have made this game real boring for the fans and would have been harder for the Hawks to gain as much momentum as they did.

Ok, enough Chicken Parm for now, let's just say it was not a good showing by the Flyers who now find themselves with their backs against the wall down 3-2 heading back to Philadelphia Wednesday night. Re-establishing their game will be key in Game 6 with aggressive forechecking and better gap control - two things absent from Game 5.

Great response by Chicago after losing on the road Friday night. With Toews, Kane, and Byfuglien all playing on separate lines, the line juggling proved to be too much for the Flyers' defense - especially Chris Pronger who had a career worse -5. Pronger seemed to be caught just trying to do too much and was also in the Sin Bin when Byfuglien scored for Chicago on the powerplay.

With an extra day off favoring the Flyers, they will have a chance to rest up and put this game behind them. Logic predicts that Laviolette will go back to Leighton to start Game 6, who was replaced between periods after surrendering 3 goals in the opening stanza.

Game 6 is Wednesday night at 8pm et with coverage on NBC in the U.S.

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