Good morning from the rain-soaked City of Brotherly Love.
Or whatever that was that transpired last night at Wells Fargo Center, where the Flyers beat the Rangers 5-2 to force a deciding game 7 tonight at MSG. It's a shame that an excellent game played by the Flyers was a backdrop for a massive fan brawl. Holy mackerel that was ugly. Anyhow, we'll be playing whoever emerges alive from that mess.
The second round officially starts tomorrow with the Bruins and the Canadiens (getcha popcorn ready as my darling TO used to say). The rest of the second round schedule is yet to be officially announced, but there are rumors that the Pens may play as early as Friday. That would make the winner of NYR-PHL play on Sun-Tue-Wed-Fri-Sun.
An interesting take on some puck-moving strategies that the Pens have been employing. One of the key things that has to improve going forward is the faceoff percentage.
Dave Molinari focuses on some key lessons the Pens must learn to have a chance to keep moving forward. He also breaks down some statistical takeaways from the first-round win.
Paul Martin has 19 points in his last 21 playoff games as his mastery of the playoffs continues. Everyone is better with him than without him, and that puts Bylsma in an interesting dilemma in regards to Orpik's eventual return to play.
Two more game 7s on tap tonight. San Jose tries to avert going 3-0 to 3-4 as the Kings plot a royal comeback, while in Denver the Avs will somehow try to get by those pesky Minnesotans.
Besides giving us something explosive to look forward to every time the Avs play, Patrick Roy has definitely led the way in extracting maximum effect from pulling the goalie for the extra attacker when trailing late in games.
Jaromir Jagr supposedly has a deal in place to return to the Devils next season. This guy will play till he's in a retirement home.
Ron Francis talks about his path to becoming the GM of the Hurricanes, and what he envisions in his new role.
Let's hear from you - of the three road teams fighting for their playoff lives in front of unfriendly crowds, which one stands the best chance of staging an upset? My money's on the Flyers.