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Notes From Game One

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 It’s a holiday and I have a bunch of writing to do, so today I’m just going to jot down my thoughts on Game One and get the conversation started.

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When I set out to watch Game One with some friends, we tried to  pick a TV heavy bar that promotes hockey.  And we did.

But still, we were still relegated to the two 18″ low-def TV’s because of the Suns/Lakers game and UFC.  Soooo I watched it again yesterday, and here’s what I saw….

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 *Brian Campbell passing the puck into the trap on the first Flyers goal struck me as really odd.  Totally covered, the Flyers player is almost flat-footed, and he doesn’t put any sauce on it….. it honestly looked like he got the jersey colours inexplicably mixed up.

*On the Blackhawks first goal (Brouwer shot, Hossa pass), how useless did the four defenders look as that puck went in.  Not sure I’ve ever seen so many players look so confused at the same time.  Of the five Blackhawks on the ice, there wasn’t one that was covered.

 

*Five goals or not, Leighton looked absolutely horrible the whole night.  Just so shaky.

*Gotta be good to be lucky: Bolland’s “five-hole” short-handed goal actually rides up Leighton’s stick and goes under his arm.  I watched it like five time on slo-mo, because the announcers were raving about the “scouting report” on Leighton’s five-hole.  Bolland just missed getting it above Leighton’s blade and it STILL went in somehow…. not the Philly keeper’s night

*I wrote Toews looked BAD in the first – little did I know he’d look that way for three periods.  And hey, Im a fan of his.  But wow.

*Patrick Sharp wears an “A”?  Hmm.  Never woulda guessed that.

*On Sharp’s goal, Leighton didn’t commit to the shot.  Not only is he too deep in his crease, but he doesn’t trust his d-man to take the pass and stays ready to kick to the far post.  #Awkward goaltending moment. (BTW, I bet Pronger would like to thank Betts for covering for his pinch, then immediately making an attrocious pinch/guess decision to cause the 2 on 1).

 

*Okay, Flyers powerplay – if the high-to-low seam from Richards to Timonen is open on nearly every PP, and you’re going to try to make that play a few times a game, isn’t “it’s a hard shot to bury for a lefty” a shitty excuse, when you could just put a righty there?  PUT A RIGHTY THERE.

*Y’know what would be a fun stat to know?  How many times Keith and Seabrook have passed the puck to each other this year.  They’ve played a bajillion games (and practices) together, and use the d-to-d more than anyone.  It’d be like guessing the jelly beans in a car full.  6,000? 16,000?

*Puck-staring.  My Puck Daddy piece is on it today, and it was ebberywhere.

*Matt Carle, who I’m also a fan of, seemed to get beat wide an awful lot.  Not sure about his foot speed/quickness at his current linebacker looking size.  He was thinner/quicker in college I think.

*Briere’s pass on the Asham goal was just so awesome.  I love how he plays (when he’s on).

 

*Behind the play on the Asham goal (not on this video), you can see Sharp square up to Timonen and shake his mitts like “alright then, if you’re gonna be a tough guy, be a tough guy”, and Timonen pushed him and changed.  What’s with the odd moments of ‘roid rage from ol Kimmo?

*Kane/Hossa are settling for perimeter shots instead of taking it to the hoop like they do when they’re scoring.  We’ll see if that changes anytime soon.

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Okay, that’s it for now!  Agree?  Disagree?

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7 Responses to “Notes From Game One”
  1. rouven says:

    still find it hard to agree with the amount of blame everyone puts on the goalies, or especially leighton after game 1. niemi didn’t look much better and gave up more awkward goals … leighton faced two almost perfect one-timers from the hawks, and had tons of bad luck on the breakaway – let’s not forget that he shouldn’t even be forced to (try to) make that save.

    i don’t think leighton is a great goalie, but almost the complete rest of his team sucked way more ;)

    great read!
    and you’ve got a BIG fan base at pd already. way to go!

  2. Marc says:

    “we were still relegated to the two 18″ low-def TV’s because of the Suns/Lakers game and UFC. ”

    UFC now too? That’s it. I’m packing my shit and moving to Ontario.

  3. Pat says:

    Chicago’s thirds goal in game 1 and their second goal in game 2 look eerily similar. Looks like you can add high glove hand to the list on the scouting report for Leighton.

  4. Char says:

    Thanks for the clarification on the Bolland goal. I only saw a couple of replays on the NHL Network and couldn’t understand why they kept saying five-hole. Thought I was going blind or something.

  5. Fish says:

    *Okay, Flyers powerplay – if the high-to-low seam from Richards to Timonen is open on nearly every PP, and you’re going to try to make that play a few times a game, isn’t “it’s a hard shot to bury for a lefty” a shitty excuse, when you could just put a righty there? PUT A RIGHTY THERE.

    Pronger, Timmonen, Carle, Coburn, Krajicek, Syvret, Parent are all lefty’s… They have no righties at the backend…

  6. Ballgame says:

    Agree on Flyers PP. Wondered why Gagne who is a lefty is the go to person when a eighty can one time a bomb. And all these guys can shoot! At Elmira we ran something close to it and I’m assuming the lefty is to catch pass in stride the make play.
    Who knows

  7. Ballgame says:

    Darn iPhone. Should be righty not eighty

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