Jan 142011
Flyers forward Claude Giroux

Flyers forward Claude Giroux

January 14 Philadelphia Daily News

“One split second. 

For one split second last night, the Flyers stopped flying. And the puck ended up in the back of their net. 

Trying to clear his zone with Danny Briere in hot pursuit out of the penalty box, Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk went to rim the puck around the glass and missed completely. 

When Boychuk’s clearing attempt – which didn’t deflect off a stanchion – quickly bounced off the protective netting behind the goal and back into play, the Flyers threw their arms up in protest. 

“It definitely hit the netting for sure,” Sean O’Donnell said. “It’s one of those things, you let up for a second because you think they’re going to blow it down. When they don’t, it takes you a second to kind of get back in your rhythm.” 

Referee Brad Watson, with his back to the clearing attempt, was none the wiser. 

In a span of no more than 5 seconds, the Flyers went from successfully killing a penalty with a scant 5-4 lead to goal horns blaring inside the raucous TD Garden when they should have had a power play coming their way. That was just one of the crazy bounces of the final 20 minutes last night, in which the Flyers started with a 3-2 lead but skated off the ice with a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Bruins. 

Watson, the senior official of last night’s crew, had no comment after the game. There was also no definitive camera angle from the Flyers’ home broadcast feed that showed the puck clearly hitting the netting, even though the play was not reviewable for that. 

“I think it was me and Scott Hartnell down low,” Briere explained. “We both stopped playing because he shot it directly out in the netting. It should have been a power play for us and then it turned into a goal for them. Maybe one of us could’ve gotten the puck and we kind of stopped playing because we thought the play was dead. It’s the turning point of the game.”” 

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