While the Flyers were busy taking care of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, Flyers fans here at Broad Street Hockey were busy helping earthquake victims in Haiti. Mike MacLean at The Cannon, SBN's Blue Jackets blog, pledged five cents for each comment in tonight's open thread, hosted over at The Cannon. While the colors may have been blue and red, the discourse was certainly orange and black, as we rocked the house and made the place look just like home.
Thanks largely in part to readers of BSH, 1,108 comments were made in total on tonight's game, meaning that Mike will contribute $55.40 of his own money to charities supporting the Haitian people in their time of need. We'd like to try to match that total, as well. Unfortunately, I'm not in the position to do it myself right now, but as a community I don't see why we can't raise that much money or even go beyond it. I've put up 10 dollars to start.
After the jump, we'll have a link where you can donate via PayPal, and no matter how much you can throw together, please try to contribute, even if it's just a little bit. Every penny certainly helps. Our donations will go directly to the American Red Cross' Haiti Relief and Development Fund.
On to the game, though. The Flyers came out and scored quickly on a first-minute goal by Jeff Carter while the defensively-challenged Jackets continued to look lost throughout the first period. But despite an Arron Asham tally early in the second, and thanks to former Flyer R.J. Umberger, who clearly had some jump in his step in his return to Philly, Columbus was able to claw their way to a 2-2 tie midway through the second period.
It was then, just after Umberger's second goal, that Ian Laperriere decided to take matters into his own hands. He dropped the mitts with Derick Brassard, a bout that seemingly turned the momentum tide in the Philadelphia direction. 62 seconds later, Carter scored again to give the Flyers the lead for good.
The story in the third was the Flyers relentless attempt to get Jeff Carter a hat trick, but it was Dan Carcillo of all people who snapped a 50-foot wrister over the shoulder of Columbus goaltender Mathieu Garon for the final Philadelphia tally of the evening. Despite an empty Jackets net in a 5-3 game late, Carter didn't see the ice and the free hats given away were kept on the heads of the Wachovia Center faithful.
After the jump, questions with answers, comment of the night, and more on how you can help us match The Cannon's donation to charitable organizations benefiting earthquake victims in Haiti.
Questions With Answers
- How does Emery respond to a less-than-stellar second debut? Better, but he still made his share of mistakes, especially on Umberger's second goal. He's still working himself back in to form, though, so as long as this doesn't continue, it's okay.
- The power play took a step backwards on Sunday. Do they improve? They were just one-for-five, but I thought they looked better and more in-sync than against Washington.
- What kind of reception does R.J. Umberger receive from the Philly crowd? When it appeared he had a hat trick goal in the third period, the hats rained down on the Wachovia Center ice. Whether you agree with throwing hats for an opposing player or not, and whether it matters that Rick Nash was credited with the goal anyway, it was still an awesome gesture. It's also safe to say the guy loves Philly, still.
- Can Bartulis and Tollefsen not play like crap today? Personally, I didn't notice them nearly as much as I did against the Caps, which is always a good thing for defensemen. Tollefsen in particular, however, made himself seen a few times by mixing himself in the physical play against his former team.
Comment of the Night
Cheers for Mike Maclean and the Cannon
>> j reed
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