Last night the New York Islanders came into Philly, and left with a 1-0 victory, surprising?
Now, not taking any credit away from Evgeni Nabokov for stealing the show, he sure did with an amazing 43 save performance in regulation. Did I mention he also stopped every shot in the shootout?
The main problem last night for the Flyers not gaining very two important points all comes down to bad coaching from Peter Laviolette.
There is NO reason for Sestitio to be in the lineup against the NY Islanders, none what so ever. Playing against the Bruins and the Rangers is understandable. The Flyers needed to start playing like the “Broad Street Bullies” and not so much as the Broad Street “Pullies”
Get it, pullies? The Flyers organization continues to pull in fans, making them believe the team will win a Stanley Cup. When in reality it’s the same thing every season.
Instead of sitting out Sestito against a skillful Isles team and bringing up another guy who has speed and skill, Laviolette decided to continue the “Bullies” approach.
Its 2012 not the 70’s anymore.
I have been following the Flyers for 15+ years now and I have not seen this much net presence of Wayne Simmonds since the Mike Knuble days. But, last night where was this net presence us Flyers fans have seen all season?
Not going to lie, Simmonds was in front of Nabokov a few times, but in order to beat a great goalie like Nabokov, you need to get into his head. Everyone who has watched Evgeni Nabokov in San Jose, they will know what I am talking about.
I don’t care what Simmonds had to do to score, talk dirty to Nabokov, get into his head, screen him with that big frame, then allow Kimmo Timonen to rip one from the point. Who knows, either a clean shot will end up in the back of the net or Simmonds ends up with another dirty goal!?
3: Sean Couturier on the fourth line
The team is “stacked” and I understand Couturier is the rookie, but this kid shows great hockey sense and very mature for his age. So why does he continue to be pushed around and playing on the fourth line with Zach Rinaldo and Tom Sestitio?
Many Flyer fans will argue “Where do you put Cooter at”?
First off, his name is Couturier NOT Cooter. Puck Bunnies call him cooter, not REAL hockey fans.
Secondly, for once Laviolette try and demote Maxime Talbot and give Sean Couturier some playing time with more skilled players. Hey it can’t hurt; you are losing with the current “strategy”.
4: The shootout
Why on earth was Wayne Simmonds in that shootout last night, over players with deking skills!? To name a few, Giroux, Briere, Couturier, Read? The game was on the line, and Laviolette had Simmonds out there to “save” the game.
As you can see, Peter Laviolette single handedly lost that game for the Flyers with BAD coaching decisions. Everyone knows in order to beat a goalie like Nabokov; you need a lot of screening with shots coming from the point.
Ilya Bryzgalov did his job last night although he barely saw 20 shots he still kept the Flyers and their bad defense in the game. But, as for the shootout, it all comes down to bad coaching decisions and Bryzgalov not being able to stop ONE shootout attempt. Kind of reminds me of Sergei Bobrovsky from last season, difference is Bob majorly improved his shootout/breakaway game.
Maybe they can switch goalies before the shootout? The All Star skills competition already proved goalies can come off the bench cold and still stop breakaway attempts. Read my article on this matter entitled “Changing goalies right before the shootout”?
This organization has continued to show improvements in the offseason and the first half of the NHL season, almost every season. Then come the second half the team slows down and key players start showing their real age, Jaromir Jagr.
The point of this article is the Flyers are letting valuable points slip away against non-playoff teams, while teams like the Devils and Penguins are only two points behind in the standings. And, it is all happening from stupid mistakes that are preventable!
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