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November 5 Philadelphia Daily News:
“THE RANGERS entered the Wells Fargo Center last night vowing revenge for last season’s shootout loss on the final day of the regular season that sent them packing for the golf course instead of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
They left Philadelphia, once again, with their tails between their legs.
Derek Boogaard topped Jody Shelley in a much anticipated heavyweight battle in the first 4 minutes of the game, but that’s about the only fight New York ended up winning. Behind a complete team effort, the Flyers routed the Broadway Blueshirts, 4-1, and notched their fifth consecutive win.
“It’s always easy to get up when you play New York or Pittsburgh,” captain Mike Richards said. “We all know how important points are. You can’t take anything for granted. We were a perfect [reminder] of that last year, of needing every point, of itching and crawling for points every single night.
“You can’t take anything for granted.”
No, last night’s Flyers win was not just another November win for a team that needs them most in March and April. It was about convincingly pouncing on a hungry division rival, taking their best punch in the first period and responding with a bigger blow.
And we’re not just talking about Shelley’s loss to Boogaard.
“That wasn’t how I planned it,” Shelley said of his losing battle.
After a scoreless first period, a rebound from Michael Del Zotto’s power-play shot bounced right to Brandon Dubinsky, who didn’t miss the wide-open net. Dubinsky gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead less than 2 minutes into the second period, after New York notched just two shots on goal in the entire first period.
That didn’t rattle the Flyers.
November 5 New York Post:
“So Daniel Carcillo was able to get a free shot at Ruslan Fedotenko’s head 1:06 into the third period of last night’s game apparently because he was looking down in the left circle trying to find the puck.
“I was trying to shoot the first time, I thought that was hooking, then the second time it was a shot to the head,” Fedotenko said after the Rangers’ 4-1 loss to the Flyers. “I’m sure the NHL will legally review it and see if it’s a clear shot to the head or not. I’m sure it will be addressed.”
A bit later following a stop in play, Fedotenko was addressed by Marc Joannette, one-half of the referee tandem including Justin St. Pierre that did not make a call.
“He said I shouldn’t try to avoid the hit,” Fedotenko said. “I mean, I was looking for the puck and trying to shoot it so I didn’t even see him coming until the last second.
” ‘Don’t duck,’ ” was his explanation.
Carcillo, meanwhile, pleaded innocence.
“I saw him in the middle of the ice and the puck was right there,” he said. “He kind of went down when I got to him.
“My elbows were in,” he said. “I know it looks bad, but I didn’t try to hit his head or anything. It is what it is. It’s not like I took strides toward him. I know they’re cracking down on that, so I imagine I’ll get a phone call [from VP Colin Campbell].””
November 5 Philadelphia Daily News:
“It could not have been an easy decision.
But when Peter Laviolette sat Nik Zherdev as a healthy scratch for two games last weekend – in favor of a forward with little experience in Andreas Nodl and scrapper Dan Carcillo – it was a calculated one.
Laviolette knew that Zherdev could either be ignited by the benching and turn on the urgency in his game or he could simply turn his back.
Zherdev was reinserted into the lineup on Monday – with Nodl hurt and Danny Briere serving his three-game suspension – and the experiment seems to have paid off.
Zherdev said sitting out has motivated him to play better.
“I watched a couple games,” Zherdev said. “It was good. Coach told me what I needed to do on the ice. He told me that I need to go to the net and shoot the puck. He told me what I was not doing on the ice. He wants me to focus on shooting and play a straight [north-south] game.”
Zherdev picked up his third goal of the season last night – against his former team, the Rangers – after wristing a puck toward Henrik Lundqvist from the corner in the third period.
He has now strung together two solid efforts in a row. On Monday night, in the Flyers‘ 3-2 win over Carolina, Zherdev didn’t score but played more minutes (15:07) than any other game this season. He even earned 2:35 of power-play time, something he didn’t do in his first nine games.
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