On to the game. Once again, the first goal of the game, came from the Red Wings on the first shot of the game. Henrik Zetterberg, who presented Howe with the gift from the Red Wings, scored on a back hander that went over Bryzgalov's shoulder. Here we go again right? Not so fast. There were plenty of disgruntled fans who started to doubt, but could you really blame them? The air had been taken out of the arena after just an emotional ceremony. Bryz would go on to save the next 26 shots, more better than others. Jakob Voracek regained the intensity of the arena scoring to make it 1-1 a few minutes after. Giroux would add another on a break away later in the first.
Come the second period, Flyers up 2-1, Voracek was taking a puck up the side boards, and Niklas Kronwall was there waiting for him. Voracek took the shot completely to the face, and was knocked out for a second or two. If you watch the video review, his arms lock up as if he was in the middle a small spasm. It was an ugly hit, and it was even uglier in person. The fact that the hit did not even warrant a penalty is one thing, but it took the refs around 5-10 extra seconds to stop play before acknowledging that Voracek had not gotten up off the ice. He left the ice and was reported to get stitches to his mouth. He will be reassessed tomorrow. Another injury sustained in the game was Jaromir Jagr. It was during a collision against the boards which sent him spinning and landing awkwardly on his leg, and he has been diagnosed with a hip injury. Look for Harry Z to be recalled tomorrow.
Bryzgalov was once again the story of the game, allowing the second goal on a defensive breakdown, which is hard to completely fault him for. The guy made a ton of saves, 37/39 to be exact and was absolutely phenomenal. Bryz was actually "bailing out" the Flyers defense for a number of shifts, something that we have been wanting to say for months now. It seems like Bryz has finally turned into somewhat of a reliable goalie.....for now.
-Giroux had two points, was named the second star and now has 77 pts on the year. He is on pace for 98.
-Bryzgalov had 37 saves on 39 shots. A save percentage of .949
-Mark Howe joins Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber, and Barry Ashbee as the only Flyers to have their numbers retired.
-Maxime Talbot scored a short handed goal off a rebound shot from Giroux, his 18th of the season.
-Flyers Defenseman Niklas Grossmann added another N to the end of his name to match the spelling on his passport.
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