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Friday, November 5, 2010

Nooks from Cranney

The Flyers beat the Rangers Thursday night, 4-1. They are on a five game winning streak and currently are in the points lead in the NHL.
Here are some notes and nooks from Thursday night's game...

Rangers Offense
-The Rangers only took 21 shots, a season low.
-Longtime Rangers enforcer Sean Avery was more involved with Rangers' scoring opportunities rather than any fighting. Avery whiffed on a scoring opportunity in the first minute and was later pickpocketed late in the first by Ville Leino on an attempted centering pass in the Flyers' zone.

Who is that kid?
-Eric Wellwood played very well in just his second career professional hockey game. His hustle play on a loose puck early in the second period drew a penalty on Daniel Girardi that led to Mike Richards' power play goal.

The Fighting
-Round 1 (16:44 in 1st) Derek Boogaard (6'8, 257 lbs) vs. Jody Shelley (6'4, 230 lbs)
         -Advantage: Boogaard.
-Round 2 (16:27 in 3rd) Brandon Prust (5'11, 191 lbs) vs. Daniel Carcillo (5'11, 202 lbs)
         -Advantage: Prust, in a good, long, close fight.

-Nikolay Zherdev and Blair Betts both had good games against their former team. Zherdev scored a goal and was all over the ice all night and Betts had a fantastic individual effort on his goal in the second period.

Flyers' Power Play
-After going 0-2 on the power play in the first period, the Flyers responded by scoring on two of three power play opportunities in the second and third period.

Did You Notice?
-The lazy Flyers turnover in their own zone in the tenth minute of the second period on a delayed penalty. The Rangers gained control of the puck and ended the man advantage.
-Claude Giroux's check on 6'4, 194 lb Artem Anisimov behind the Rangers net late in the first period.
-Ville Leino's sprawling-on-the-ice play to keep possession of the puck on the Flyers first power play of the second period. Leino got the puck to Giroux, whose backhanded, cross ice pass to Richards set up the game-tying goal.
-Scotty Hartnell appeared to deliberately throw his stick across the ice for no reason when trying to make a defensive play late in the second period.
-Zherdev's goal in the second period hit Henrik Lundqvist's stick, rolled up his body and over his shoulder into the net.
-Carcillo avoided a fight with Boogaard early in the third period before moving on to the much smaller Prust.

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