Good: Joe Thornton was engaged the whole game and really dominated the affair. Claude Giroux’s faceoff goal was a thing of beauty.
Bad: The amount of penalties in the game broke the flow considerably.
Ugly: Again, NBCSN (a national broadcast) utilized announcers that were clearly not impartial. In this case, they syndicated the Flyer’s broadcast. Now I understand that this saves money, but it is unbecoming nevertheless.
This was a decent tilt, although the sheer amount of penalties broke up the flow considerably. Early in the game, the Flyers made the poor decision to try and antagonize Sharks center Joe Thornton. The grizzled veteran subsequently proceeded to dominate and looked like the Joe Thornton of old scoring a goal and adding an assist to boot.
The former Broadstreet Bullies were assessed nine minor penalties in the game and were more or less dominated after the first period because of it. Rookie sensation Shayne Gostisbehere in particular looked every bit his age tonight, as his two late minor penalties virtually ended any hope of a Flyers comeback. Three Power Play markers by a dominant-looking Sharks PP were clearly the difference in this one. Joe Pavelski netting two of those might be the league’s best PP forward. His ability to tip the puck and get open are almost unmatched.
You aren’t going to win many games taking that many penalties. Clearly discipline was a problem tonight for the Flyers, but I’d argue that most of the penalties tonight were caused by the tremendous pressure of the Sharks forecheck and cycle game. San Jose controlled the play and deserved the the victory tonight
Cliff Notes: San Jose was fully deserving of the victory and frankly the Flyers were lucky that the game was this close.