Friday, February 1, 2008

Flyers Demolished by Rangers

In a game that was painful to watch, the Flyers were shut out by the Rangers, 4-0. The Rangers netted the 4 goals all before the 2 minute mark in the second period. All of the goals were scored on Antero Niitymaki before he was pulled from the game for Martin Biron. Niitymaki didn't play terribly, the defense in front of him, especially Jim Vandermeer, who was a -3 for the game. Offensively, the Flyers never got much of anything going and only managed 20 shots in the game. It was especially disheartening considering the Flyers were shut out not by the Rangers All-Star goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, but by their seldom-used back-up, Stephen Valiquette. Watch highlights of the game here, if you dare.
The Flyers still stand atop the Atlantic Division, but with the Ducks coming to Philly on Saturday, they are going to have to step it up to stay there.

*Obligatory Forsberg Update
Peter Forsberg finally announced today that he plans on returning to the NHL. He told his agent to start talking to teams about a contract. The top three teams I keep reading about in rumors are the Flyers, Red Wings and Avalanche. That Rangers rumor from the other day looks to be bogus. Click here for an interesting article by TSN insider Bob McKenzie on Foppa's impending return.


Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention how the Rangers have owned the Flyer at Wachovia Center lately-something like 9 of the last meetings in Philly have been won by the Rangers-of course the Flyers have won at MSG lately, but it was a pretty bad for the Flyers esp when facing the Rangers backup


EnriqueFed said...

Ugh. No Rangers fans allowed here! I think it was the 6th win in a row for the Rangers in Philly, although it was their first road win in a month. Their victory over the Devils yesterday pulls them right back into the mix. 4 points seperate 4 teams!