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THE EYE TEST, GAME 2...

A win! They excuted like they did in the first period of game 1!!! Seems like that dump and chase might be working, 'eh? Reminds me of that 1999-2000 team that couldn't score for the life of them, yet grinded out every single goal they could and played outstanding team defense...oh, and there was a certain 4th line veteran goon on that team...that was a fun run...well, until that whole Lindros Stevens things...

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Jumping right into my new second favorite player...on my favorite Flyers line...folks scoffed at the thought of dump and chase, and the idea of putting Akeson in the line-up...especially after, well, you know. But why would Berube do that? Because the Flyers have a scoring problem, that's why...but with the addition of Akeson, he might offer an element much like Leino did in 2010. Add in the work of MacDonald as a 3rd pair and Lecavalier intermixed at center on line 2 and this thing might just work.

Why is the dump and chase "working"? Because it prevents the neutral zone turnover, makes the Rangers d-men turn their backs to the attackers, and if you haven't noticed yet the Rangers d-men cough the puck up when pressured...why? Their forwards are not supporting them. Sound familiar?

Couturier on the forecheck...

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The goal against. Goals don't just happen at the point of the shooter, there is a root cause that could have happened 30 seconds prior...in this case, it was a split second turn over and a guy that didn't realize he was the safety valve against an odd man rush.

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...and you know the rest. Funny thing about that goal scorer...I remember watching him on a line with Marty Murray on the St. John Flames and thinking my goodness is that little bugger a good hockey player...hated him and I guess it comes full circle today...(there's a reason I bring this up, it's about Akeson).

Speaking of which, want some more Akeson? My pleasure...

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Bad Coots! Bad!

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Voracek's selfie...this is everything that is wrong with the Rangers d right now...the Flyers fastest guy with an open lane...McDonagh gets burnt in open ice and Girardi with a massive brain fart...

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Wonder if he is thinking about his neutral zone gaps...

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Enough about gaps...the first PP Unit is not effective right now because they forgot to run the puck through the guy who was 3rd in the league in PPGs this season...

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The second unit worked, well, cause of Akeson!! ...and some lucky bounces...

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Clap your hands if you feel like a room without a roof...

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Best check of the game...Read on Raffl...or Raffl running into Read...the camera was turning away as this happened...

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Lets hope we see a lot more of this in the coming games...3 men back...

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Why might you ask? Because while Emery is playing well, there's a lot more to that story...he's giving up some juicy rebounds and getting a ton of support.

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Speaking of defense, another defenseman scoring a goal? Wait, isn't this guy paired with the other guy that scored?

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"Wait, Joffrey is dead? When did this happen?"

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A little glove love...

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The big finish...

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Conclusion:

First, the Akeson question. Why didn't they bring him up sooner? Maybe it's a hockey thing, but more likely this is a true indication of the Flyers internal prioritization dating back to Clarke.

Anyone remember Todd White? Yeah, the guy that spent 4 games with the Flyers and if memory serves they just let him walk...scored 20+ goals 3 seasons in a row and was an important part of the Ottawa run of 2002-03. He played a bunch of games for the Phantoms...and I was thoroughly impressed. He was smart. He was quick, and most importantly he didn't allow his size to put him in a dangerous position while still being very effective.

Akeson reminds me a lot of Todd White.

Back to the series at hand. Yes, just like the loss, it's only one game. But, there are some very positive indicators pointing to a trend. Just imagine if the #1 PP unit can get their act together. Just imagine if someone other than Akeson, Voracek or a d-man scored a goal at E...because as I said in the past, they've got this team defence concept going...and that's most important for post season longevity.

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