There’s something to be said for a steady veteran hand when a precision job is needed. And that’s exactly what Brian Boucher gave the Flyers in Game 2 on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Coming in relief of shaky rookie Sergei Bobrovsky in the first period, Boucher steadied the ship, making 20 saves and more importantly, gave the Flyers an opportunity to take the eventual 5-3 victory.
“I think [Boucher] is very calm,” said Danny Briere. “He’s been around. It takes a special kind of person to come in while we’re down 3-2, in front of 20,000 fans, during a big game. He kind of settled things down for us and I think that was one of the reasons why we played with a little more composure maybe in the last 45 or 50 minutes.”
WELLS FARGO CENTER — The intensity may have changed, but the Flyers power play hasn’t, and it cost them a Game 1 playoff victory in a 1-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
“There were lots of things that happened tonight that were good,” said coach Peter Laviolette with regards to his team’s power play. “There were lots of shots and attacks. However, like the rest of the game, we didn’t find the back of the net.”
WELLS FARGO CENTER — It wouldn’t be a Flyers postseason if it were easy.
Now trailing one game to none thanks to a an underwhelming 1-0 win by the seventh-seeded Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center, the No. 2 Flyers have every reason to worry.
But they won’t.
It has been a long and draining couple weeks for the Flyers.
Close losses in important games, including four head-scratching defeats in their last five tries, had the word collapse on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
But with the bad taste of their near-meteoric fall down the standings rinsed away by an Atlantic Division title clinch, the second-seeded Flyers, thanks to nearly a week off before Game 1 at the Wells Fargo Center against the No. 7 Buffalo Sabres, get a chance to wipe the slate and prepare for a brand new season.
WELLS FARGO CENTER — According to general manager Paul Holmgren on Sunday, the Flyers will be without forward Danny Briere against the New York Rangers as a result of “lower body soreness.”
It took a sick grandmother, but Flyers forward Danny Briere is heading to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, NC.
Originally snubbed from the honor due to what was thought to be an early-season suspension for a cross check to the head of New York Islanders’ forward Frans Nielsen, Briere told the media on Wednesday at the Flyers’ practice facility in Voorhees, NJ., that he was officially invited to the Jan. 30 game after Calgary Flames’ captain Jerome Iginla was excused from the event to tend to his sick grandmother.
Briere, 33, is in the midst of his most productive season with the Flyers, ranking seventh in the NHL in goals with 24 and 21st in points with 41. The fourth-year Flyer is on pace for 75 points, 44 goals and 31 assists.
Sitting second overall in the gritty Western Conference with 47 points, the Vancouver Canucks are no slouch of an opponent. But when the Flyers hit the ice tonight at 10 PM at Rogers Arena, they might just have history on their side.
Dating back to 1989, when (now general manager) Paul Holmgren was the head coach of the Flyers and the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, were eight-years-old, Philadelphia hasn’t lost a game in Vancouver. The odd and probably coincidental statistic spans 10 games, the last being in Oct. 2007, which was a memorable 8-2 Flyers victory. The contest was highlighted by a then-Flyer Jesse Boulerice cross-check to the neck of Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, which earned the enforcer a hefty suspension.
“There’s no rhyme or reason to it,” said veteran Flyers defenseman Sean O’Donnell. “I mean, they don’t play very often.
“I think it’s meaningful when you see a stat about not having beaten a team in 10 straight, when you play each other a lot, because it’s pretty much the same personnel. But when you stretch it out over 20 years or more, it’s just a bizarre coincidence.”