Monday, January 17, 2011

Postgame Recap: January 13 - A Stake in Philly

Boston. Philadelphia.

The Big Bad Bruins versus the Broad Street Bullies.

Chowdah vs. Cheesesteaks.

And a host of other played out memes...

But I digress.  It was Bruins vs. Flyers on home ice.  This has been a rivalry reborn, so there was some extra juice in the TD Garden on this night.  Let's see how it played out:

Just the facts, Jack (Edwards)

  • Regular Season game #41, home game #20
  • Boston Bruins (23-12-7, 1st in Northeast Div.) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (27-10-5, 1st in Atlantic Div.)
  • Third meeting of the season between these teams having split the first two, each team winning on the road (3-0 in Philly on 12/1and 2-1 (OT) in Boston on 12/11)
John Blue Plate Special

Got out of work late to begin with and was making decent time on the Pike until I came upon an accident just before Newton Corner.  Then traffic on Cambridge Street was a complete mess, with cars standing still through 2 light cycles at times.  I did manage to grab a meter right in front of the station, though.

Based on the game result from the previous night, Heather and I went with the same order again: potato skins followed by a Larry Bird in a wrap with bacon (BBQ sauce on the side) and a side of onion rings.

However, our meal arrived in a roll with sauce on it.  Given the time and the fact that we were starving, along with the fact that we didn't mind the error, we went with it.  And the rings were really well done, best of the season thus far.

The Couture Corner

I hate Philly.  I also don't like the Flyers' current uniform sets.  I think they are a bit contrived.  The basic design isn't bad, per se, but the fact that they chose to use the contrasting block nameplates (which were originally a short lived solution to adding names) along with the 1972-77 template and a shade of orange that is slightly off from the original doesn't work for me.  Or maybe it's the fact that this what similar to what the Flyers wore when they beat the Bruins for the 1974 Stanley Cup.

But the Flyers do have some semblance of a history and some notable players.  So it was fait accompli that there might be a few interesting sweaters in the crowd.

Let's take a look:

Mid 80s Ron Hextall

Hextall was a pretty good goalie back in the day.  He won the Conn Smythe trophy with the Flyers despite losing to the Oilers in the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals.  He also was the first goalie to score a goal in both the regular season and the playoffs.

The call?


Mid 70s Dave Schultz

The NHL has seen it's share of goons, but few rival the resume of Dave Schultz. His 472 penalty minutes in the 1974-5 season are still a record to this day.  This guy was a pugilist, earning the nickname "The Hammer".

It's good.  (I'm not going to argue)

Mid 70s Bobby Clarke

No one is more synonymous with the Flyers franchise than Robert Earle Clarke.

No opponent may be more loathed than Robert Earle Clarke.

That said, I'll allow this one.  It was done right (even if it has that stupid contrasting nameplate).

The Row 12 Rundown

Pretty much the same crew as the Ottawa game for this one.  No major additions or subtractions of note.

Doosh of the Day

With the Flyers in town, the conventional wisdom would say that a flyers fan of some sort would be a prime candidate for Doosh of the Day.

However, I'm defying the CW here and giving the award to the cabbie in Cambridge who a) would not pull up to the car in front of him, causing me to be stuck in the middle of the intersection of Cambridge Street and 2nd Avenue and b) pulled up so close to my car when I parked that I could not open the door until the light changed minutes later.

The Clothes Line

With the Flyers in town, fans tend to break out their Winter Classic sweaters, myself included.

But there really weren't any unique sweaters that stood out.  I did see the Ruzsicka guy and the Andy Brickley guy.  But they are somewhat regulars and I'll be featuring them at some point later in the season.

The Lobel Prize

The Flyers had one Bruins alum on their roster, defenseman Sean O'Donnell.

OD was signed by the Bruins as a free agent for the 2001-2 season.  He spent three years with the B's before signing with the Coyotes in 2004.  He was a solid stay-at-home defenseman who provided some veteran leadership while he was here.

In this game he recorded a goal (his 1st of the season) and finished a -1 in 16:14 of ice time.

The Home End

This was a wild game.  Two teams that dislike each other. One is leading the Eastern Conference and is an offensive force.  The other is leading their division and have a solid defense and stellar goaltending.

The Bruins trailed 1-0 and tied it up late in the 1st on a 5 on 3 PPG. They then took a 2-1 lead seconds in to the middle stanza before coughing up the lead on 2 Philly goals.  They came out like gangbusters in the third, reclaiming the lead in under 2 minutes, only to cough it up again.  Trailing 5-4, they got goals by Brad Marchand to tie it up and Steve Kampfer to take the lead at 6-5, before Greg Campbell iced it with an ENG.

At the end of the night, the Bruins got 2 hard-fought points and stood but 4 points behind the flyers for the Conference lead.

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