After sweeping a home-and-home against the front running New Jersey Devils the Fly guys jumped into another home-and-home against the Montreal Canadiens Friday Night at the Wachovia Center(Soon to be renamed the Wells Fargo Center.)
Coming into the game the Habs had just knocked off the Washington Capitals who have looked unbeatable lately. The loss ended the Caps 14 game winning streak. Also, the organization was in sort of an upheaval as earlier in the week Bob Gainey resigned as General Manager after 5 years at the helm. His replacement Pierre Gauthier wasted little time getting comfortable in his newly acquired GM chair. Making a deal Thursday for the much traveled Dominic Moore.
With injuries piling up and their GM jumping ship a trade for a player whose been on 7 teams in 7 years won't excite most fans. And “most fans” doesn't begin to describe Montreal Canadien fans, so you can imagine how they felt. And to part with a 2nd round pick to get him? Sure there weren't many Hab fans going out to purchase their Dominic Moore jersey's. Hard to believe this team had won 4 of 5 coming into Friday's contest with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers struck first with a goal by Jeff Carter, er um, I mean Scott Hartnell? There was a lot of mystery over who would get the goal. It seemed like it could be Carter's goal, then again it looks as if Hartnell tipped it in. When an official asked Hartnell if it was his goal he insisted it was Carters. So Carter was credited, then later on in the game they took another look at it and it was settled, Hartnell would get the goal.
Now that we've wasted an entire paragragh on one goal let's get back to the recap.
The Flyers took that long winded goal I just described into the locker room at the end of the 1st period, 1-0 Flyers.
The Flyers entered the 2nd period already on the power play and struck quickly. This time there was no doubt it was Jeff Carter's goal. As a slap shot from just inside the blue-line snuck between Montreal goaltender Carey Price's legs. 2-0 Flyers.
Just 2 minutes later Matt Carle scored on a dribbler from the point, that looked as if Aaron Asham may have touched it. However, after the Jeff Carter/Scott Hartnell goal fest they credited to Carle. 3-0 Flyers.
All seemed to be going well, the Flyers were rolling, the Habs were on their heels. The 2nd period came to a quick end and the Flyers took their 3-0 lead into the locker room.
However, just five minutes into the 3rd period the Habs had already struck twice. Once by former Flyer Glen Metropolit and the other goal coming from the fore mentioned Dominic Moore(paying dividends already.)
Now it was the Flyers who were on their heels. The Habs were all over the ice after Moore's goal, they had the legs, the Flyers were just trying to keep up. Then the Habs took a few penalties, giving the Flyers two chances at ,albeit short, two-man advantages.
The Flyers weren't able to capitalize on either.
With a little under a minute to go in the third Darrell Powe was nailed with a 5 minute major boarding penalty along with a game misconduct. Giving the Habs one more shot at tying the game. They weren't able to muster up any legit scoring chances and the Flyers held on for the 3-2 win.
After the game things got a little heated as tough guy Alaskan Scott Gomez decided to attack the equally as tough Kimmo Timonen? Timonen ended up recieving 2 minutes for roughing and a 10 minute misconduct. Gomez who was the aggressor received only 2 minutes. So basically Kimmo received 12 minutes of penalties for defending himself. And everyone complains when Dan Carcillo fights a willing participant in Marian Gaborik? Scott Gomez attacked Timonen over a pile of people, because he was angry his team lost. And he receives a slap on the wrist 2 minute rough? NHL officials have been a joke practically all season long when it comes to matters like this. And if they don't crack down soon, bad things are going to happen, players are going to get hurt. Call the game both ways and stop guessing. Hopefully the NHL officials will use the Olympic Break to review their refereeing manuals.
Also, since the penalties came with under 5 minutes to go, the league will review it. Also Powe's hit will be reviewed by the league for any possible suspensions.
Stay tuned…..because the fun continues Tomorrow night in Montreal for round 2!
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Written by Mike Santa Barbara
Sports writer covering mostly Philadelphia sports for over 10 years. Work has been featured on RealGM.com, GCobb.com and Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia (CSNPhilly.com.)