This is why I love hockey. David Perron’s tweet:
“Just got a very classy text from Joe Thornton wishing me good luck for tonight! He is a class act! Nap time and then game on!”
Thanks to Tim Lucarelli for sharing his thoughts on the Flyers/Ducks game from last night:
On multiple occasions in the warmups, Danny Briere collected a pile of pucks and isolated himself practicing various shots and moves in repetition. He was one of the only Flyers to do this and from my own experience, you typically only do this when your rhythm is off. Briere has been used with just about every combination of linemates possible this season and is still looking for the chemistry that he, Hartnell, and Leino had. He was also the last player off the ice and although he has 18 points in 22 games, he is capable of more. Owners stay patient.
Brayden Schenn showed a ton of speed and skill for the Flyers on a line with Talbot and Voracek, but he still has some adjusting to do. He is quickly discovering that it is not as easy to sidestep defenders as it was at the lower levels. Luca Sbisa caught him a couple times as did other Anaheim defenders.
In Jagr’s return, he was nothing short of spectacular. He logged almost 23 minutes of ice time, with two goals and one assist and a whopping 10 shots on goal. The Flyers kept feeding Jagr late in the third and into OT looking for the hat trick, but it just wouldn’t come. Finally they tried a one-timer on the other side to Giroux, resulting in the OT winner.
Francois Beauchemin laid out Zac Rinaldo with a clean, open ice hit. By the time Rinaldo got up, he was about 40 feet away from Beauchemin but you could read his lips clear as day, “You wanna go?” Despite being the two most penalized teams in the league, there were no fights.
In Bruce Boudreau’s first game as head coach of the Capitals, he defeated the Flyers in a shootout. Despite carrying a 3-0 lead early in his Ducks debut, the tides went the other way in a 4-3 OT loss to the Flyers.
Boudreau’s top six combinations featured a reunited Ryan-Getzlaf-Perry and Beleskey-Koivu-Selanne. Cogliano was shifted to the third line with Hagman and Smith-Pelly. Despite playing almost 20 minutes each, the top line had no points.
Ryan Getzlaf took a tripping penalty early in OT and got an extra two for unsportsmanlike conduct. Tough to see the game thrown away like that on the actions of your captain. After the game Getzlaf took full blame and vowed it will never happen again.
How different would the Ducks look if Scott Niedermayer came out of retirement? Despite being only 38 years old, there is absolutely no buzz about this actually happening. It does paint a picture though of how different the Ducks blueline could look with the addition of one defenseman. Problem is, as the Flyers found out earlier this week, everyone is looking for that one defenseman right now.
The December player rankings will be up by noon ET.
I was too young to see Joey Mullen play during the prime of his career, but from highlights and old gam