Although it was a Tuesday to forget for the Flyers, who fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning, there was something that should make the Philly faithful smile.
At some point during the Washington Capitals – Montreal Canadiens game, Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin hip checks Canadiens’ rookie PK Subban in the open ice. Subban flies up in the air and almost lands directly on his head. The rookie then went after Ovechkin, only to receive a penalty.
Earlier in the season, Flyers’ captain Mike Richards prognosticated that Subban would eventually receive his on-ice punishment for running his mouth in excess as a rookie.
After missing Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with a slight groin pull, Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk practiced on Monday but will likely remain out for Tuesday’s home contest against the Montreal Canadiens, general manager Paul Holmgren told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Dan Carcillo, who missed Monday’s practice for personal reasons, is expected to remain activated in JVR’s spot. Carcillo has two goals and one assist in just 27 games this season.
JVR’s injury was not deemed serious. However, with just one game in the next seven days, thanks to the NHL All-Star break, receiving maximum healing time, while also giving Carcillo an opportunity to contribute, was likely the reason for holding JVR out of the lineup.
JVR has 12 goals and 11 assists in 44 games this season.
“He’s (P.K.Subban) a guy that’s come in the league and hasn’t earned respect. It’s just frustrating to see a young guy like that come in here and so much as think that he’s better than a lot of people. You have to earn respect in this league. It takes a lot. You can’t just come in here as a rookie and play like that. It’s not the way to get respect from other players around the league.” — Faceoff.com
After dropping the bitter 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, Flyers’ captain Mike Richards did not shy away from sharing his thoughts on the talented Canadiens’ rookie defenseman. Subban,21, in the final moments of the lopsided contest, was all over the ice during and after the play, pushing and slashing at the Philadelphia players.
But what Richards took exception to, was not that Subban, a rookie, was playing an in-your-face style and trash talking with the game in hand, but that he wouldn’t ‘earn respect’. In other words, Subban wouldn’t drop the gloves and back up his intense demeanor.
“Hopefully someone on their team addresses it, because, I’m not saying I’m going to do it but something might happen to him if he continues to be that cocky,” Richards continued.
As Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy) of Yahoo! Sports pointed out, Richards received five fighting majors in his rookie season, including one against noted fightsman Arron Asham.
The 5-1 rout against the Ottawa Senators on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center, wasn’t without casualty for the red-hot Flyers.
After missing a hit in second period of the then close contest, Flyers’ forward Dan Carcillo dropped to all fours. He was helped off the ice and didn’t return to the game. The team officially called it a lower body injury, with GM Paul Holmgren saying the truculent fourth-liner would miss two weeks with a sprained MCL.
No call ups are expected. However, with James van Riemsdyk filling in for injured Andreas Nodl (toe), the Flyers may have to play down a forward when the team faces the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. There is no word yet on if Nodl will dress.
Carcillo has two points and 39 penalty minutes in 14 games this season.
When you think of Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay, the NHL is likely the last thing that would come to mind. But with a little over a minute left in the Montreal Canadiens – Pittsburgh Penguins game on Saturday night, Habs forward Scott Gomez did his best Halladay impression.
“I just kind of threw it on net at the end and good things happen, I guess,” Gomez said, about his game-winning goal. “Kind of like Doc Halladay, I just threw the 3-2 change-up in there.”
With time running out in the 2-2 contest, Gomez, 30, skated down the wing well into the Penguins’ zone. Gaining the edge just slightly on defenseman Kris Letang, the Alaska-native appeared to have fired off a left-handed a wrister toward MA Fleury. But instead of come off his stick with velocity, the puck simply trickled through the goalie’s pads and in, winning the game for the Canadiens.
Gomez added, “Since it’s the baseball playoffs, I kind of threw a change-up in there.”
In a move seemingly out of left field, RDS is reporting that the rights to Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak has been traded to the St. Louis Blues for 21-year-old center Lars Eller and forward prospect Ian Schultz.
It’s going to be Winter Classic times two in 2011.
According to a report by TSN, the NHL is expected to announce two Winter Classic games in 2011 starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day and the Calgary Flames versus the Montreal Canadiens in a place to be determined and a time to be determined in February. The official announcement is expected to come on Friday.
The Philadelphia Flyers are going to the Stanley Cup.
Led by an inspired three-point night from captain Mike Richards and two goals from Jeff Carter, the Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, in game 5 Monday night at the Wachovia Center to take the Eastern Conference Finals series 4-1.
“It’s huge,” said Claude Giroux, who finished with an assist. “We didn’t want to go back to Montreal, we wanted to end the series right here.”
With Montreal forward Tom Pyatt out with what is deemed as an upper body injury suffered in the third period of game 4, the Canadiens are expected to activate Mathieu Darche for the Eastern Conference Finals game 5 in Philadelphia. Other than that, the Habs are putting out the same lineup.
For Philly, forwards Dan Carcillo and Andreas Nodl will be scratched against as Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter will play in their second consecutive game since returning from injury.
Ryan Bright (Philabright@gmail.com) is a sports writer, born and raised in the Philadelphia area. A graduate of West Chester University, he has been with the Daily Local News in Chester County since early 2007, working as the paper's college and high school ice hockey beat writer. In 2010, began as a contributer for CSNPhilly.com, covering the Flyers and the Philadelphia Union.