Yesterday was Black Friday, but as a Flyers fan I could argue it should have been called “Black & ORANGE” Friday after the Flyers beat the Montreal Canadians. And even better I was actually at the game. And sometimes my track record isn’t good. So it was a big “PHEW” moment when they went up 3-1 and pretty much had the game in hand.
Claude Giroux continued to show his dominance by scoring two goals, bringing his total to 13 on the season.
“This year he’s really spread his wings,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. “He’s consistently one of the top forwards in the game.” – Flyers.com
Jakub Voracek scored in the second giving him 11 points in his last eight games.
Sergei Bobrovsky, used with permission © Bob Fina/InsideHockey.com
Sergei Bobrovsky was in net and made 23 saves out of 24 shots. The Habs didn’t exactly have tons of quality shots, but the ones they did Bob looked damn good.
Giroux, Voracek, and Bobrovsky were selected three stars of the game.
The injuries keep piling up for the Flyers as they lost defenseman Andreas Lilja in yesterday’s game. Diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, Lilja is expected to be out for at least six weeks. James van Riemsdyk was scratched from yesterday’s game with an undisclosed upper-body injury. The original time frame was that he would be out for 1-2 weeks but there’s a possibility that time could be cut short.
Chris Pronger was scratched again due to a virus he’s been suffering from and Jaromir Jagr was also out for the third time in four games with a lower-body injury.
During intermission, the Flyers roster for the 2012 Winter Classic Alumni Game was announced. See list below:
Roster courtesy of: Flyers.com
Last night HBO premiered the Flyers-Rangers 24/7 preview. And for a brief 12 minutes, we got a glimpse of what’s to come. And it looks to be just as good if not better than the series last year which highlighted the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. A couple times the tag line “From Broadway to Broad Street” was used and I like it! I also love that it emphasized on not just the heated rivalry between the Flyers and Rangers but the disdain the fans of both teams have for one another.
The full-show debuts on Wednesday, December 14th @ 10:00 pm EDT.
And speaking of the Rangers, today the Flyers are in New York to face them in a 2:00 pm match-up. The game will be televised on the NHL Network. The Flyers are 13-6-3 while the Rangers’ record is 11-5-3. And as always, a game between these two teams is never boring! Quite the contrary. Especially since public enemy number one Sean Avery is back with the Rangers, after his brief demotion to the AHL. I’m holding out hope this afternoon that someone on the Flyers (such as Zac Rinaldo) pummels his ass! A girl can dream can’t she?