Will be tuning into Game 5 from luxurious (ahem) Chez Zipay while resting and icing ankle (x-rays indicate I may have irritated a small old crack/chip), and will be tossing in observations and commentary here and on twitter. Expect to be back in Philly Wednesday. Until then feel fre to join in.
We've writtem numerous times that Rangers will seek to keep some vets but mostly develop their youngsters (with the latest being the projected ghost roster with Weise and Shelley from a few weeks ago here) so it was good to see Glen Sather underscore that when the Post got him to chat. Of course, your NYR really have no choice given the cap problems that have been evident to everyone from Manitoba to Manhattan for a year. Camp should be interesting.
Anyway, puck drops soon...
Who are those guys in red? 3-0 Hawks. Seabrook, Bolland, Versteeg. Experts who said home-ice wasn't an advantage in the playoffs? Flyers seem flatfooted, Leighton is being tested far more.
Boucher in; early gimme for Hartnell as Niemi loses track in crease and no D around; Kane restore lkeas to three, then Chicago jail break on D again and Briere from behind net finds Timonen. so it's 4-2 and Hawks going on PP, not yet halfway thru. Byfuglein scores from in front on sweet passing and 5 on 4 set up with Pronger in box, 5-2.
With three goal lead, Hawks seem to slip down a gear, lose their edge, using sticks instead of bodies, and Flyers capitalize with Van Riemsdyk goal. About 13 minutes left. Things get sloppy, but Sharp scores and Byfuglein finishes most productive and physical game of series with empy-netter.
Flyers will come out with all barrels blazing on Wednesday.