Michael DeNicola

01/06/11

 

So I had to DVR the game last night.

I head down into my basement and set it as "record" because I had some personal business to do during the tilt.

P.s. ~ Don't pay any mind to your mother walking like she climbed off a saddle this morning, OOOOOOOOOH!!!!!

 

But seriously.

Around 9:00pm I come downstairs to start the game up, press "My DVR" on the remote and out of surprise and the expense of my anger, it never recorded a damn thing. Not one minute.

At that point I was ready to rip the cable box from the entertainment system and take it out in the back yard Office Space style, but I had an entire 3rd period to watch.

Up until then the Flyers never took the lead but stayed in the contest, 2 - 2, with both goals coming from Scott Hartnell (11, 12) in the 2nd.

The bitter-sweet I took from this was 1) We're always playing down to this heinous Devils organization and can never seem to take full control of the game, but 2) Scott Hartnell now has more goals this season than Ilya Kovalchuk and is almost being paid $75M less on his current contract.

That gave me a good chuckle.

Great play is not always about putting the puck in net. Hartnell's linemate, Ville Leino, assisted on lighting the lamps twice in the 2nd, marking his point-total to 28.

 

As the game came back from the second intermission to start the 3rd, something lit a fire under Leino and Hartnell's center, Danny Briere. In the third minute of the period just after the Flyers came off of an unsuccessful man advantage, Briere glided deep within the Devils slot unnoticed. For some reason only known by God and Peter Laviolette, Jody Shelley was on the ice and collapsed on net drawing the attention of Devils defenceman Henrik Tallinder. Briere took the opportunity to open up on a pass from Ville Leino and tuck it glove-side low on Johan Hedberg just feet from his crease. Briere's 19th goal of the season (game winner), and Ville Leino's career best 3rd assist in the game.

Deeper into the period Briere struck again but this time it was his skipping pass to Scott Hartnell that caught the skate of Devils defenceman Colin White (who for some reason reminds me of Biff from Back To The Future) just in front of Hedberg's leg pads and squeaked by like a fart in Church.

To the naked eye it seemed as though Hartnell's stick tapped it in to give him his first hat trick since (I believe) that epic 3rd period comeback against the Hurricanes a couple seasons ago on December 11th, 2008.

But further review proved that it was Briere's pass that was deflected in traffic by a Devils player to give Danny his second goal of the game (his 20th of the season), and finalizing the scoreboard, Flyers 4, Devils 2.

 

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You know me -- I've enjoyed nothing more this season than watching the Devils fight and fail like a woman under Ben Roethlisberger.

The icing on the cake was the look on Lou Lamoriello's face when the final buzzer sounded, and the fact that the $100M Russian Reject left the ice without a single point....again.

I don't know if Lou knew he was on camera, but he had his hands covering his face then slowly sliding them down to expose an expression that says, "Booze or Gun tonight?" And again I'll say -- serves ya right for going after one player with all that coin.

In addition to that news, one of the main highlighted issues of the night was that Devils Captain, Jamie Langenbrunner, was on the scratch list and rumored to be dealt to another team before the evening was over. And one of those teams? The Philadelphia Flyers.

Read more about that here as Tyler explains in full detail about the rumor.

 

Thing is, though, that rumor has been squashed by breaking NHL news about ol' Langy Boy getting officially traded to the Dallas Stars.

Holmgren was prepared to offer up a third and fifth round draft pick for the 35-year old right winger, but wouldn't move any Flyers personnel in the deal.

The Flyers were interested in Jamie's services because of his leadership skills and 2-time Stanley Cup winning experience. But my question was; Didn't we already have an opportunity to sign a similar player in the preseason to fill that role?

 

Don't slide last night's tilt aside just yet because our Fly Boys take on the Debbies again Saturday, this time on Broad Street. Puck drops at 1:00pm.