The Flyers needed overtime to
stay alive in their series against the Bruins in Game 4, but they would
need just one goal and and a solid overall effort to send the series
back to Philadelphia for a Game 6. Ville Leino played perhaps his best
game of the playoffs, opening the scoring in the first period for the
Flyers before being the catalyst on Scott Hartnell’s goal in the second
Leino’s effort on the shift that led up to Hartnell’s
goal, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead, was incredibly important for his
team after Brian Boucher left with what appeared to be a fairly serious
knee injury just four minutes into the second period. The goal kept the
momentum going for Philadelphia, as Michael Leighton stopped all 14
shots he faced in relief. Simon Gagne, who returned earlier than expected from a broken toe, scored the final two goals of the game and now has three tallies in his two games back.
Boucher has temporarily been diagnosed
with a knee sprain, although further testing will occur tomorrow after
the swelling goes down. I’m anticipating a MRI, one that might reveal a
fairly serious injury. The way Boucher’s leg was twisted underneath him,
and his immediate reaction, things aren’t looking good for the
goaltender that has played so admirably for the Flyers in the
The Bruins, meanwhile, played with zero emotion until
they were staring up at a 4-0 deficit and the home crowd showed even
less enthusiasm in getting their team back in the game. I didn’t see
this, but some reports from those at the game stated that Bruins fans
were throwing beer in the third period, as the Flyers dominated play.
The Bruins finally came alive late in the game yet in the wrong ways,
taking several bad penalties that negated any comeback they hoped to
The series now heads back to Philadelphia for an all
important Game 6, where the Flyers will draw upon what is sure to be an
electric crowd as they hope to secure the comeback.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.