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Selanne Sinks Flyers in Shootout, 3-2

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Well that happened fast. After 53 minutes, the Flyers had a 2-0 lead. Then Teemu Selanne took over and led the Ducks to a 3-2 SO victory. Selanne scored twice in regulation and then netted the only goal in the shootout.

Contrary to what one would think, the team actually played a full 60 minutes. Throughout the third period, the Flyers continued to get their chances. But a great pass from Ryan Whitney to spring Selanne - who effortlessly skated around Braydon Coburn to break in all alone - led to the Ducks rejuvenation. Selanne beat Emery near side on a great shot.

With Jonas Hiller on the bench, the Flyers still had their opportunities. Mike Richards fired at an empty net but had his shot cut off in front by a Ducks defender. Then, Kimmo Timonen had a chance to clear, and only after a great keep by Ryan Getzlaf did Scott Niedermeyer make an ever better pass across the crease to Teemu Selanne, who swiftly deposited the tying goal in the back of the net.

The most frustrating part of the game could easily have been the shootout, as the Flyers sent Danny Briere, Mike Richards, and Simon Gagne in on Hiller. Briere was stopped, then both Richards and Gagne seemed to beat Hiller but were unable to get the puck over his sprawling pad.

Until Selanne took over, this appeared to be a fantastically boring game. The Flyers scored two power play goals, keeping turnovers down, penalties down, and mistakes to a minimum. Emery looked solid - even great early in the second period while a man down - and yet the team still came out with a loss.

A tough game to lose since the team played well, but with no game until next Friday, this one should ruminate for awhile.

After the jump, random thoughts, Questions with Answers, and the Comment of the Night.

Random thoughts:
  • Ole-Kristian Tollefsen finished with 3:28 of ice time and 4 PIM, while Riley Cote finished with 1:57 of ice time and 2 PIM. With two players combining for less than five and a half minutes of ice time and six minutes of box time, look for JVR and Danny Syvret in the lineup on Friday.
  • Speaking of Riley Cote, who knew you could get an unsportsmanlike penalty for just talking to the other team? I'd love to hear how and why he earned that.
  • Braydon Coburn finished a -1 tonight and looked bad earning the negative. He played a decent game other than that goal, but I can't help notice he has been taking really bad routes to lose pucks.
  • Ray Emery rebounded from his last two average starts and looked solid in net, stopping 31 of 33 shots.
  • Luca Sbisa had a strong game. He certainly seems to have gotten better from last year, and he did a fantastic job defending a Flyers 2-on-1 late in the game.
  • I think Simon Gagne is just having an unlucky start to the year, as he had numerous pucks bounce over his stick.
  • Oh, and did you know it was Chris Pronger's birthday? I can't believe JJ, Jonesy, and Coatesy failed to mention that...

Questions with Answers:

  1. What kind of reception will former Flyers Joffrey Lupul and Luca Sbisa receive tonight? I didn't notice much of a reception one way or the other, but maybe I missed it. The only thing I recall is the fans cheering when Lupul had a puck bounce over his stick and out of the zone on a power play. Anyone at the game who found otherwise?
  2. Can the Flyers defense as a whole step it up and play a solid game? Some may disagree, but I think the answer was yes. Ryan Parent had a solid game, Matt Carle continued his great start, Kimmo was Kimmo, Chris Pronger was even prematurely named player of the game by CSN, and Ray Emery had a great game as well.
  3. On an individual level, how does Braydon Coburn rebound from a terrible outing on Thursday? He certainly played better, but not great. After his last game, my eyes were on him and I wasn't impressed. As stated above, he got badly beat on Selanne's first goal and took poor routes to loose pucks. However, would I have even noticed if it weren't for his poor game against Pittsburgh? Most certainly not.
  4. Do the Flyers keep up the offensive prowess, especially with an impressive power play? They only scored two goals, but they were both on the power play. They were 2-for-7 on the man-advantage and really could have used a goal on their last power play, up 2-1 with less than 4 minutes left in the third. They couldn't muster anything on that one. If I were Tim Panaccio and I Berube'd/Falloon'd these questions, I'd give this one a Lupul. (Get it?)

Comment of the Night:

Figures. Selanne won this game singlehandedly.

Ben Feldman

Selanne's first goal:

Richards on the PP:

Pronger on the PP: