PHILADELPHIA -- Let's get one thing straight. The Flyers did not deserve to win a hockey game today. Against most teams in the NHL, they probably wouldn't have even left the building with a point.
Luckily, they were playing a Calgary team that is, well, inferior in just about every aspect of the game, and as a result, the Flyers were able to walk out of the building with that one point and a 3-2 shootout loss. Many might look at today's game, see the horrendous penalty call against Chris Pronger that wiped a game-winning OT goal off the board and say that the Flames found the deal of the day on this Black Friday.
The fact of the matter is, though, that the Flyers shouldn't have even needed OT to win this thing. It certainly wasn't the worst game they've played this year, but they didn't have the same drive and intensity that they've had over the last few games, and while Calgary might sit at the bottom of the standings, you're not going to beat anybody with the kind of effort the home team put in today, especially not when the 26th ranked team in the NHL outworks you.
When you're the more-skilled team, you have to put in the effort for the results to come. That's what they did on Wednesday against Minnesota. Today, instead, the Flyers looked like they were still passed on out the floor watching the Cowboys lose on Thanksgiving.
You're not going to beat anybody when you get six power play opportunities and you can't put the puck in the net. You're not going to win when you leave your goaltender out to dry on multiple occasions, forcing him to be brilliant in making 28 saves just to get the game to overtime.
Plain and simple, the Flyers didn't deserve to win. One terrible call, as bad as it may have been, didn't cost the Flyers a point today. (Still, we'll get all into that call in a seperate story a little later.) After the jump, questions with answers, post-game video including Chris Pronger, and the comment of the day.
Post-Game Video: Chris Pronger
Post-Game Video: Peter Laviolette
Post-Game Video: Mike Richards
Questions with Answers
- The Flyers have effectively shut down inferior teams all season. Can they keep it up today? No.
- Can they shut down Jarome Iginla, who's been quite good lately? Yes.
Claude Giroux needs two points to reach 100 in his NHL career. Can he do it today? G has officially cooled off.
- One place in need of improvement: can the power play get back on track? Hell no.
Comment of the Day
Giving it to Chris Pronger...
I'm not gonna get into a he said/she said with the refs. I'm the he.