NEW YORK - APRIL 09: Jody Shelley #45 of the New York Rangers celebrates scoring a goal with team mate Brandon Prust #8 and Artem Anisimov #42 against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game on April 9, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
What is there to say? There were bright spots, there were weak spots. There were hits, there were misses. There was discipline, there was restraint.
There was Mike Richards' leading by example. Chris Pronger with a gorgeous stretch pass. Dan Carcillo drawing a penalty, Dan Carcillo taking a penalty. Lapses in effort. Overwhelming effort. Pronger the victim of a bad bounce. Terrible plays by Brian Boucher, and gorgeous plays by Brian Boucher all at the same time. Matt Carle getting in the way -- in the wrong way. Scott Hartnell being dumb, over and over again.
Game 81 of the season was a microcosm of the entire Flyers 2009-10 season. In the end, they came up short. Let's just hope they don't do the same with it all on the line on Sunday.
After the jump, questions with answers and the comment of the night.
Questions with Answers
- Do the Flyers control the flow of the game out of the gate? Out of the gate, yes. Two minutes out the gate, they stopped.
- What is Carter's impact on the game tonight? For someone who clearly was still a bit hobbled, Carter looked solid. Had several opportunities. Let's hope he doesn't get hurt again.
- Does Brian Boucher display the same confidence he seemed to show against Toronto? Um, tough to say. He wasn't necessarily shaky, but he didn't look the same.
- Are the Flyers in the postseason at the end of the night? Nein.
Comment of the Night
>> Ben Feldman