Monday, November 22, 2010

Blessed are the peacemakers - Flyers preview and open thread


You just knew that there was going to be a lot written headed into this game tonight. Huge grudge match in light of Mike Richards' (NHLPA player of the week!) post-game comments last week about PFK and respect and cockiness and blah blah blah. I was going to dive right into it myself. All sorts of ideas for previews about grudge matches and wars and battles and respect and all sorts of things. Fuck those Phucking Phlyer bastards and their goonery, the shit was on.

But then over the weekend, as you know by now, Pat Burns died. His death kind of put things into perspective, you know what I mean? A guy with more fire in his belly than a hundred Flyer goons and more class than everyone in the history of the Flyers organization combined had lost his battle with a horrible disease. It seemed like a good time for reflection, not anger. Contemplation, not bitterness. And PFK himself has done his best to diffuse the situation. He could have spoken out like he always does and said things like "Mike Richards will get his, don't you worry." Instead, he has shown poise and class beyond his years and let everyone else do the talking. He'll do his talking on the ice, thank you very much. In light of all this, it seemed kind of stupid to play up this whole war, to fan the flames of bitterness between these rivals. It seemed a better time to try to make peace. We can put the ugliness of the last game behind us and enjoy a hockey game that is hard-fought yet respectful. It's time to sign the Camp David Desharnais Accord of 2010.

With that said, as soon as one of those goons takes a run at PFK, the shit will be on. It will probably happen 2 minutes in.

Waiting to smoke the peace pipe together - 7:30 PM start in Philly, on RDS and TSN Habs on BellTV. I don't have to tell you what happened the last time these teams met. Habs coming off a shutout of the Leafs, Flyers coming off a shootout win over the Caps. Habs a mere one OT loss behind the Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings.

Our partners in peace - if we can make peace with the insane commentors over at Broad Street Hockey, we can make peace with anyone.

Powerful like an MLK speech - Squid a point per game over his last seven. TFS leads the league in wins and shutouts. I'd also like to give a shout out to Lars Eller, who continues to play well despite not scoring. Hang in there Lego, you'll get one! For the Flyers, Richards has 4 points over his last two games, and Pronger 3 points over the same span. Of course, given the Flyers' last two games were 5-4 and 8-7, you're going to have a lot of players with a lot of points over their last two.

Cold like Nelson Mandela's Robben Island cell - The Mexican and The CHicken both pointless in 3. For the Flyers, considering their last two games, you've got to consider their goalies are now pretty suspect.

Weakened like Gandhi on a hunger strike - Still no word on Vodkov's absence time. For the Flyers, Carcillo is out two weeks with a sprained knee, and Michael Leighton is still on IR.

Post-peace adult entertainment - Mmmm, naked hippies (nsfw).

Peace out, brothers and sisters.

161 comments:

Steve said...

@29 Kombyejah, I was very angry at your Denton, making peace with the PHITHIES, not in my house, but your NSFW argument closed it.

GYFH win with respect for your opponents and if you have a shot at an open net, unless your Mex turn the other cheek.

Steve said...

@GG history making photoshop

lehab said...

Awesome work as usual!

soperman said...

As usual, the best part of GG11's work is the subtle stuff. The Leafs pin on Cherry's lapel is hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Fucking A ... Richards can go screw himself canadian or not.

GoldenGirl11 said...

@soperman
Thanks. Hard to see but his buttons on his collar are bruin pins.

soperman said...

@GG11

Ah yes, an old guy like me has to enlarge the picture to get a subtlety like that! (I could see it after I double-clicked.)

Great Stuff.

GoldenGirl11 said...

@soperman
If you're an old guy then I'm an old girl.

Flying Toaster said...

I GOT IT! The reason everyone is hating on PFK is because they all feel inadequate and intimidated by his 12-inch cockiness! I mean, wouldn't you?

Bill 101 said...

Peace & love as a theme for a Flyers game..hmm

Ok then. Hope it works (but wont promise not to log off & think dark thoughts - some addictions I'm not willing to face at the moment)

GYFHG

wv: cant wait to see another of PK's 'ingyro' moves

Steve said...

PFK eats pressure like Jean Charest accepts plain brown envelopes with Sicilian return address. Otherwise I would not bring up the historic significance of the upcoming game. Aside from the fact it is not the Rangers and PFK is not yet a superstar, and Ricktard is not nicknamed killer, it is exactly like the time The Rocket faced Bill "Killer Dill in Madison Square Gardens.

kevincrumbs said...

@Steve: +1 for the Charest line.

Flying Toaster said...

Ugh! Appointment with ophtomologist (sp?) At 2pm... Why am I still in the waiting room?! Blech! And after that it's work from 4 to 11 :(

WV: PK will SWEIVE through the phlyers all night with his 12 inches of cockiness they hate so much.

iRiRi said...

It's Monday so... I got nothing.

Oh yeah, except this: GYFHG!!!

moeman said...

One Love.

moeman said...

Nice work 29 et GG.

GYFH!

GPFK!

Orangeman said...

The Korean delegation does not accept this peace offering. We will not rest until Philadelphia is wiped off the map. We demand a complete retreat of Phlyers from the Territory of Team Canada and a unilateral meeting on ice between Richards and PFK before we can even consider acknowledging the Philadelphia Phlyers as a legitimate entity. We also request all support from the superpower of CBC cease and all weapons of goon thugstruction be decleared openly.

Habsfan10 said...

What Orangeman said, except with more profanity. Fucking Flyers.

bea.habs.fan said...

@ after all the comments I'm with iRiri: at a loss for words!!

GYFHG
GKSFA,PK

HabsFan29 said...

TSN.ca's description of their video preview of the game tonight:

"P.K. Subban has inserted himself squarely in the middle of a simmering Habs/Flyers rivalry."

Inserted HIMSELF??? Fuck you TSN you fucking cocksuckers. Fucking pathetic.

iRiRi said...

That quote makes me want to INSERT my foot up TSN's ass.

We'll see who's laughing at 9:40 tonight.

GoldenGirl11 said...

To quote the famous words of Menachem Begin "Vat? you couldn't serve a little someting to eat? Vould it kill you to offer me a cold drink?".

The man was brilliant. Peace treaties really do build up an appetite.

GoldenGirl11 said...

@iRiRi
ptuh, ptuh, ptuh. Sorry, I don't want you to give the team an ahora.

HabsFan29 said...

essential pre-game reading if you haven't seen it yet: J.T. on Don Cherry

Grrrreg said...

For some reason the Camp David Desharnais Accord joke is what cracked me up the most in all that post.

I already hated Mike Richards before last week, so I couldn't really care less about his complaints about PK. I'm almost more interested in Hartnell trying to go after Lapierre because Max choked him. That has some comedic potential too.

Mr. natural said...

@orangeman: PUck those PHucken PHucktards. and what's your new boys name, L'il Kim?

Hope Chocula had a strategy meeting (man I kept a straight face)'cause the PHucktards are going to send two men in on the forecheck and we did not handle that very well this spring.

The Lord is my Shepard I shall not want, GYMFHG!

Amen

Orangeman said...

To be fair, John Lu's report directly quoted Richard's threat and he said that sort of remark usually/should get attention from the league, but they've been oddly quiet about the whole thing. I guess Colly is too busy deleting incriminating emails.

I forget who exactly Richards said told him a similar thing in his rookie year, but it was one of the workhorses on the Wings I believe. I like how he thinks running to the nearest microphone to pout is the same thing as an established leader's advice on the ice.

I'm skipping class to see this thing, so it better not disappoint.

HabsFan29 said...

@O'man - i agree with you John Lu's report was actually very even-handed and quite sympathetic to PFK. but fuck that description blew my mind

iRiRi said...

@GG - Funny you should do that cause I was just debating whether I should wear my Squid shirt tonight. Superstitious as always.

Screw it. I'll just go get the clothes I wore last Tuesday.

Steve said...

@29 regarding Coach, well there was a TV series named after him but in the remake Cherry would be the, can I say it, okay I will the beloved downs syndrome relief. ( and those ds people please do not take offense). Thats what he is now, the loveable idiot savant. I am one of his fans, the cringe worthy comments, are just part of the deal. Do not blame him for not moving on.

GoldenGirl11 said...

@iRiRi
Definitely same clothes as last game. No question.

Orangeman said...

Btw, it probably goes without saying, but excellent post and pic.

HabsFan29 said...

@Steve Coach!!!! God I remember that show. Go You Fucking Screaming Eagles Go!

And your analysis on Cherry is spot on. I am not necessarily saying he should be removed. I just thought JT wrote a good piece

Orangeman said...

In other fuck you TSN news, in today's fantasy team rankings, this is part of the blurb for the Habs:
"Carey Price has a ridiculous .951 save percentage in November. He may very well be great, but not that great." (emphasis most definitely in the original).

This right below the Bruin's blurb praising Rask's .962 S% in November.

Sometimes I feel like a tea-bagger just looking for something to complain about. Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean there's not an elaborate media and government conspiracy to discredit my favourite hockey team. And LSD in the drinking water.

iRiRi said...

I haven't been this nervous since last May.

HabsFan29 said...

this is the most pre-game chatter we've had in a long time. nig fucking game???

what asshole wrote in the preview that the game starts at 730? it looks like it starts at 7. what?

HabsFan29 said...

*big fucking game. I'm as iNervous as iRiRi

kevincrumbs said...

Thank fuck, I actually have the RDS feed for this one. I'd probably end up punching holes in my walls if I had to watch it on Comcast Sportsnet.

Flying Toaster said...

@ O-man, I agree wirth the LSD theory, what else would cause millions of people watching the leafs suck 4 times/week?

Flying Toaster said...

@HF29 of course being a big game helps with pregame chatter. But I think people just needed to warm up from this summer's COMPLETE lack of any hockey news. Now the fans are finally out of hibernation and I'm guessing this weekend as a whole is pretty much what starts off the "real" season. Now keep me posted HFHites, only got Sens game on the radio over here :(

WV: this game is gonna be a TREAT

Steve said...

@orangeman LSD in the drinking water, sounds like a winning platform to me.

Flying Toaster said...

Also, my new crackberry helps me post while @ work.

Moey said...

I'm 2-0 with the Koivu Duck jersey, but that's on Saturday nights. I don't remember what I wore last Tuesday. Crap.

HabsFan29 said...

so Philly fans are booing PFK because, what? their captain told them too?

bea.habs.fan said...

how original, booing everytime PK touches the puck.
I suppose it's better than getting shit rained down on him.

HabsFan29 said...

another quality PP. we look nervous

kevincrumbs said...

Flyers fans are too dumb to bother booing Max.

Orangeman said...

I don't have a problem with the Phans booing PFK. It's not like Hab fans don't do that shit for the most ridiculous reasons. Anyway, that kind of thing seems to just energize Subban even more. Plus, in Philly if they're not throwing batteries at you you're doing well. Just ask Santa.

kevincrumbs said...

I'll take this relatively pedestrian start as I thought we'd need to "weather the storm". Turns out there was no storm to weather.

Orangeman said...

I agree with kevin though, it just shows ignorance to boo a rookie. Max would be a better choice, or taunt Price or Gio or something. But these are Philly phans. The fact they were able to dress themselves this morning is adorable.

Steve said...

I noticed there are a few fangbangers on this site. Well you are like the Philtheys, if I dont die I become a cheese that make 7.6 million a year.
So try the walking dead, it looks like a Laffs recur-ting video. Much more real to life than True Blood ( which I love)

This is a fucking playoff game, the Philthys the caps and the Penguin shit are the teams to beat. Chicago, fuck them without big fucking ass in front of the net, Vancouver, every seen something on TV with Swedish twins that did not suck.

GYFh and a special Brother Andre prayer for Lego and PFK, and a mircle for MEX please.

Orangeman said...

I'd like to take this opportunity to say I've had lots of phun in philly over the years and know several great people there. One of my fondest memories is running away from street thugs with a six pack of 'take-out beer' (it's complicated but if you've been to Penn. you know) near Temple University and thinking "Hey! Bill Cosby went there!"

kevincrumbs said...

Almost, almost...

Orangeman said...

How did that not go in? I mean, physically. That's ridiculous Maxy.

Moey said...

Aaaand so it starts.

Orangeman said...

How do they not BOTH get penalties on that? Questions, questions, questions.

kevincrumbs said...

Fitting they just played "Pump It Up" over the PA. A song about masturbation for all the wankers in Philly.

Orangeman said...

Oh, there were no penalties? Or they both did get one? That's it, I'm turning on the sound. Screw the math assignment.

HabsFan29 said...

Max!

Fuck you flyers

iRiRi said...

MAX!!!

kevincrumbs said...

MAX!!!!!!

Moey said...

Crap, I was as surprised as Boucher was.

iRiRi said...

Serves me right for screaming at the TV firing his semi-breakaway before

Orangeman said...

Eat it, you fucking whores.

Pardon my Korean.

After the great chances Max had, that's the one that goes in. Just a lesson in sticktoitness.

kevincrumbs said...

So, will they now boo Boucher or just shower him with random boos every time he touches the puck.

Seriously, Philly, y'all need to get your hate on for Max and not PK.

HabsFan29 said...

did you see how hard Eller just skated to get back on D? I love him more and more with each goal he doesn't score

iRiRi said...

*during. Damn you, AutoCorrect!

HabsFan29 said...

Max again!!!!

suck it Philly

iRiRi said...

MAX2!!!

kevincrumbs said...

Chicken to Max!!!!

Orangeman said...

Here's seconds, you philthy....oh you get it.

MAD MAX!

HabsFan29 said...

gorgeous deflection

Moey said...

iRiRi,

I picked that up from Strombo on Twitter. It's too funny.

HabsFan29 said...

god how did they miss?

iRiRi said...

@Moey - Same here. Happens to me everyday!

HabsFan29 said...

I'll take that period

moeman said...

Hey Kidz, just back from a nice Vietnamese BDay dinner. What did I miss bitCHes?

HabsFan29 said...

yes it's moeman's birthday!!! fuck i forgot to mention it in the post (and I meant to). hope dinner was fun

you missed a quality period. we outplayed them, they booed PFK and Laps scored twice (it's true!)

Moey said...

Happy birthday moeman! A fellow Scorpio. Cool.

bea.habs.fn said...

Max's 2 should garantee that the talking heads at RDS can wax lyrical about a French player other than Briere and Giroux!

moeman said...

Yes!

Dinner was fab.

Had me some;

Bò kho

and

Chạo tôm

and

Bánh cuốn

All gorgeous.

bea.habs.fan said...

happy BD moeman!
I feel a song coming on but i think the weather
's crappy enough as it is

iRiRi said...

Happy Birthday moe!!

Who's pitCHing in for the cake?

moeman said...

@Moey, just missed being a Sagittarius by 51 minutes.

moeman said...

@iRiRi, "Who's pitCHing in for the cake?"

You mean Who's jumping out of the cake?!

moeman said...

Thx for the wishes FHFers.

moeman said...

Also, for your iPhoners out there, iOS 4.2.1 is out and I'm lovin' every minute of it.

Orangeman said...

Well, that was dumb, Hamr.

Orangeman said...

Happy Bday moe! You don't sound a day over 16.

moeman said...

Thx 0-man, dats cuz I M cocky.

Flying Toaster said...

Moeman, you suck! You didn't invite me to your b-day dinner, now I am overcome by sadness that will only dissipate if/when the Habs win this game 3-0. (3rd goal by MadMax, obviously)

bea.habs.fan said...

flyers are starting to play mean, like that crosscheck to PFK

HabsFan29 said...

oh Max. ping!

moeman said...

Sorry FlyToa, next time.

Flying Toaster said...

Max already with 6 shots on goal, that's crazy!

Orangeman said...

Jeez, Max is all over that goal tonight. He couldn't respond with his fists last game, but he's fighting back tonight.

bea.habs.fan said...

that looked like a facewash on Pyatt.
the intensity is getting scary

Flying Toaster said...

Come on Max! Get that 3rd goal!

WV: Those Phlyers and their fans are fucking MENTL.

Steve said...

My Habbies you got 4 feet of carbon fiber in your hands, and when your dealing with savages thats called an equalizer

iRiRi said...

They have 16 SOG and there's still 7 minutes left. 16!

I'm scared.

Orangeman said...

16-2 SOG? Holy merde!

iRiRi said...

Also, is that iPhone update a bitCH to install or what?!

Steve said...

16 SOG what the fuck is that, is that like Defcon 4 squared?

GoldenGirl11 said...

I know max appeared to take both shots but I'm sure there was a second shooter.

See what I did there? Look at the date.

Happy birthday moe. Where were you in 1963?

iRiRi said...

FUCK

bea.habs.fsn said...

FUCK
now they're goign to get cocky for sure

HabsFan29 said...

well that was only a matter of time

Orangeman said...

Boooooooooooooooo!

Hey, Richards you wanna talk about respect? How about telling your henchmen not to shoot the puck back into the net after scoring. Oh, right, it's only supposed to go one way.

Steve said...

@GG, Max is the lone gunman

iRiRi said...

Someone tell Max we're gonna need that 3rd goal sooner than later

ti-cul said...

phucking pronger, and haretnell, what an asshole

bea.habs said...

GO YFPP

Orangeman said...

And here I thought with it a 1 goal game the goonery would go down. But then I remembered this is the Phlyers. They don't know any other way.

GoldenGirl11 said...

Chewing gum is gross enough. Chewing with your four front teeth should be worthy of a penalty.

moeman said...

@GG, in 63 I was two and my Mom was giving birth to my younger brother who shares the same day as I and Yvan Cournoyer!

(R.I.P. President Kennedy)

bea.habs.fan said...

crap!
21 to 4 shots for filly
this is bad

Steve said...

@moemen how the fuck can you rest in peace with the fuckers that fucked you are fucking ruling the world, it is like making peace with the Philties while they are still ahead of the laffs in the end of year stats. Fuck them and fuck their senator who came up with the magic bullet.

ti-cul said...

after the phucking phlyers goal replay, hairtnell is really an asshole

HabsFan29 said...

i'm not looking forward to 19 minutes of holding on for dear life

Orangeman said...

Oh, for fuck...

iRiRi said...

FFS

bea.habs.fan said...

fuckityfuck

ti-cul said...

phuck phuck phuck phuck phuck and phuck pronger

HabsFan29 said...

well at least they ended my pain quickly

Orangeman said...

Maybe now they'll stop sitting back and, y'know, do SOMETHING.

soperman said...

phuck

iRiRi said...

This is unraveling faster than a ball of yarn being chased by a kitten.

I'm feeling poetic all of a sudden.

HabsFan29 said...

Hartnell you phucking asshole

ti-cul said...

hairtnell IS an ... and phu....

HabsFan29 said...

i'm sick

Orangeman said...

They're like animals, they can't help but be dirty thugs. They even hit him litereally while he's down from a hit from behind.


FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUC....

iRiRi said...

Sigh.

Orangeman said...

They have no one to blame but themselves. They totally sat back all the 2nd and beginning of this 3rd.

Orangeman said...

So Price need a SO to win these days? I'm actually pissed about this whole situation. Only thing to get me back is for PFK to score the equalizer, sign the puck and hand it to Richards.

Moey said...

Crap, way to blow a two goal lead boys. I really want them to win this phucken game.

iRiRi said...

At least Price seems to think they can still tie this up.

Orangeman said...

Can't score if you don't hit the net.....

beahabsfan said...

I hate the Flyers
I HATE THE FLYERS
may the earth open up and swallow them into the pits of Hell
(I feel somewhat better after getting this off my chest)

Steve said...

break out the tin foil and play some old time fuck up their faces. It dont mean nothing until the playoffs anyway.

iRiRi said...

C'MON! I WANT A POINT AT LEAST, DAMMIT!!

Flying Toaster said...

GO
YOU
GOD
DAMN
FUCKING
HABS
GO
!!!!

I believe in you!

Number31 said...

I want to take everyone not named Carey Price and punch them in the gut right now.

GYFH!!!

Orangeman said...

Time and time again they are rewarded for just putting the puck on net (ie the first goal tonight), yet they continue to wait for the perfect play. It's like how the Korean students I taught would refused to just guess an answer on a multiple choice quiz for fear of getting it wrong.

Orangeman said...

Coming very close to something that looks like "alive" in the last 4 minutes.

ti-cul said...

PHUCK

HabsFan29 said...

sigh

Orangeman said...

Good start, terrible, embarrassing 2nd period. I hate that the nail and then hammer came in the 3rd, because it was really the 2nd that did them in. I guess we should be happy that all the boys walked off in one piece, given the opponent. Price and PFK and Max seemed like the only ones who showed up (with honourable mentions to Chicken and the Jew). And yet, it was still almost enough.

I'm not mad....just disappointed.

Moey said...

Screw it. I'm going to cut myself a big piece of chocolate cake and watch Dexter.

Mr. natural said...

2PHuken'little 2PHucken'late!

That is all.

God I think I officially hate the PHucktards more than any other team I have EVER hated!

Nonetheless....GYFHG!!

Steve said...

This is where we left off in the playoffs, this is where Chocula and Goat are supposed to step in an do fucking something, except say we are doing pretty fucking good, well not good enough. The road to the cup lies straight through fucking fucking philthy.

Orangeman said...

@Moey: Oh yeah! Dexter! I recently read a comedic article about how they should get Michael C. Hall to do narration on Shark week.

Might be at the Bell Centre on Wed for the Kings game. My Muller jersey will actually be relevant in some way. Almost there on Saturday night (actually was just outside) but due to various mafia-fuelled reasons I cannot finish this sentence.

Matt fear the collapse said...

No chance our boys get through this team in the playoffs. Pleks, squid...useless against teams like this.

bea.habs.fan said...

I'm with MIFTC.
if we meet this guys we're dead meat.
If we're lucky somebody else takes care of them
and if not may they not win the cup (EVER)
well okay at least in this configuration.
hate the thought that goonery can win you the Cup again. we're past that
It's supposed to be the NEW FUCKING NHL

iRiRi said...

1. It's 9:55 and I am definitely not laughing.
2. SCOTT GOMEZ MAKES 8 FUCKING MILLION DOLLARS/YR!!!!
3. Sorry. Needed to get that off my chest.
4. FUCK YOU PHILLY.

Okay, I'm done.

Orangeman said...

My goodness, guys, it's just one game. A 1 goal game after beating them by 3 a few days ago. I do, however, agree that the Habs need size. But I'm not going to pretend that I'm the first (or last) person to say that. This isn't 70s style skill vs goonery, if you don't have a decent power foward you'll get nowhere.

Besides Philly, the Habs have only matched wits with the Bs and Pens once each as far as I can see the competition going so far. We need more meaningful games like this to see where the team is really at.

Orangeman said...

@iRiRi: can't agree more about Gomez. Gio got out of the funk. This is now just the way Gomez 'is'.

Steve said...

Mex has 20 games left to prove he still has jumping beans. Then send his ass down to Hamilton and he can play with Redden and Souray and the other billionaire minors. With Mex I am afraid it is not just a bad attitude, I mean he is playing for chocula for fucks sake. I think his beans are done jumping, and Burka can not resist that, a bag of pucks for Mex, take the cap room and get Brad Richards for the same bag of pucks.

iRiRi said...

I know the loss totally magnifies his suckiness but... Actually, does 6 points in 20 games even need to be magnified?

A few interesting tweets:

"re: Scott Gomez's struggles: great guy who likes to have fun. Can't imagine making 8 shmill living in MTL is doing wonders for him on-ice." -Justin Bourne from PD

"When Scott Gomez plays more than 18:40, the Montreal Canadiens are 1-6-0. When he plays 18:39 or less, Habs are 12-1-1."

If that isn't a scary stat...

kevincrumbs said...

I'm as pissed off about the loss as anybody else is, but in the grand scheme of things, it might not be the worst thing that we lost tonight. Last thing we need is this team getting full of themselves because they're obviously good and playing well, but not actually THAT good.

Remember the Centennial year where we came out hot but that was all a facade because the team actually sucked? I don't think there'll be anything like that but a little reminder here and there that there's a lot of work still to be done doesn't hurt. After all, it's not like we got shelled 9-0 tonight.

Go Habs Go.

Number31 said...

Kick in the pants.

And the Kings got robbed in Ottawa. JUST WHAT WE FUCKING NEED! An angry Western team to try and rebound off of.

Bill 101 said...

what's so funny 'bout peace, love & understanding?