On Sunday night the Philadelphia Flyers squared off against the Atlanta Thrashers. After taking a beating in Atlanta the night before, the Flyers knew they needed to come firing the puck. Before the game Flyer’s Coach Peter Laviolette addressed this by changing his lines. He benched Ville Leino and Lukas Krajicek. Arron Asham was brought back in along with Oskars Bartulis for the first time in 12 games.2:04 into game, Brian Boucher let in an early goal in the first period on only the second shot of the night.
This is something that Boucher has been doing countless times in the last few weeks no matter his role, either starting or taking the place of another goalie late in the game. The Thrashers had to have a sense for it coming out firing early as they did. The Flyers kept the pressure on and kept the guns blazing. Through the next nine minutes, the Flyers would have countless scoring chances on Thrashers Goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
Flyers’ Dan Carcillo had two or three beautiful chances and couldn’t get the puck in. Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, and Mike Richards had multiple chances as well. Scott Hartnell had a minimal impact for the most part of the game. At the 11:01 mark Todd White put Atlanta up 2-0 in the first period. This was a goal that Brian Boucher should have made, but didn’t. I have no other explanation for the miss saved. The Flyers would have multiple power plays and continued sloppy play in the offensive zone with no results.
At this point in the game, there was eight minutes left and you could feel the crowd getting back into the game, and possibly see the momentum falling back into the Flyers lap. We would be disappointed yet again. Five minutes later at the 16:53 mark Rich Peverley scored on a goal that Brian Boucher yet again should have saved. This put up Atlanta 3-1 and the crowd headed for the parking lot after the goal. The Flyers outshot the Thrashers 45-31. 45 shots is an amazing number to me. Especially only putting up one goal which left me dumbfounded.
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