1st period - Flyers dominate the period. Claude Giroux's shorthanded tally was another impressive display of skill. He and Mike Richards make a dangerous penalty killing tandem. Carter's goal was only a few seconds after Richards got out of the box.
2nd period - Colorado is starting to get the better of the play in this period. For a 19 year old scoring line player, Matt Duchene responsibly backchecks like a 15 year veteran. A few years from now, we may be saying how the Avs drafted the best player in the 2009 entry draft.
3rd period - Nice goal by Milan Hejduk. A goal scorer's goal for sure. After the Avs tied the score, the game has been a bit vanilla as each team seems to not want to lose. An absolutely pathetic shot by Kyle Quincey. Wide open in front of Bobrovsky, and the lets loose this weak little shot right into the crest on "Bobs" jersey. Kyle will never be a big goal scorer on the blueline. Lucky bounce for Carter on the 3rd Flyers goal. Mike Richards is an underrated passer.
Overall, another strong effort for the Flyers. I am really starting to like having Carter play RW on Richards’ line. He could return to the 40 goal plateau if he stays there this year. Look for another 50 assist year for Richards as well. (Plea to Laviolette: Please take Carcillo off that line. He is not good enough to play on a top line.) Claude Giroux has been Philadelphia’s most dynamic player early in the season and he may be ready to break out statistically this year. Sergei Bobrovsky with another good showing. I like his movements and the way he carries himself on the ice. I am concerned that he seems to lose sight of the puck easily. Hopefully the coaching staff can work with him on puck recognition to minimize the miscues.
For the Avs, it was the first time I have seen them this year. Overall, they had some good stretches of play. Stastny and Duchene will be a great 1-2 punch at center for years to come. Chris Stewart is an emerging power forward and Hejduk can still snipe the puck as evidenced by his third period goal. However, this team NEEDS a top end defenseman. Cumisky, Liles, and Quincey are all good support defensemen and Foote provides leadership, but the biggest hole in this lineup is clearly a number one defenseman. Forward depth needs to improve as well. Anderson is a nice goaltender, but this team needs Calvin Pickard to develop quickly before they are ready to make any kind of Cup run.
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