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Video: Flyers stall tactics

Nov 9, 2011, 10:10 PM EDT

The headline may be up for discussion. Some will say that the Flyers were stalling to pull the Tampa Bay Lightning out of their 1-3-1 defensive system. Others will say that the Lightning started the stall tactics by employing a defensive system that won’t go passed the offensive blueline. Either way, there was stalling out on the ice and looked nothing like the NHL we’ve grown to watch and love.

This is what it looks like when a prevent defense meets a four corners offense. Snoozefest.

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments. Is this something the league needs to step in and deal with immediately? Should the Flyers be forced to move the puck or should the Lightning be forced to move out of their defensive system?

Update (11:15 EST): Watch Mike Milbury and Keith Jones weigh in on the weirdness.

  1. psujay - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Hysterical and warranted.

    • grudenthediva - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:20 PM

      Yeah, lot of good it did them in the end.

  2. zjhauri - Nov 9, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    During an NBA lockout.. on a US nationally televised game….

    The casual sports-fan/Locked-out NBA fan that tuned into this game tuned out 10 seconds in.

  3. sknut - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    It’s a bit over the top and makes it hard to watch. There is a fine line between acceptable tactics and something that is offensive to the spirit of the game. It will be interesting to watch to see if other teams follow Philly against TB and delay like they did.

    • grudenthediva - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:29 PM

      Washington tried in the playoffs but not to that extent, and they failed miserably.

      At least the Flyers abandoned it and the game picked up from the 2nd on. Also, VS should be ashamed of themselves for such a disgusting broadcast, especially that little prick McGuire.

      • stlouisweetie - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:18 AM

        As a die-hard Lightning fan I absolutely HATE when our games are on Versus. They have the WORST broadcasters of any network I’ve ever seen. I’ve tried turning off the volume & turning on the radio broadcast to hear Lightning play by play but with the delay it sucks!

  4. joeylightning - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    it is already in the rule book…

    72.1 Refusing or Abstaining from Playing the Puck – The purpose of this section is to enforce continuous action and both Referees and Linesmen should interpret and apply the rule to produce this result.

    the flyers have control of the puck in their own zone and must play it. they should have received a delay of game penalty.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 10, 2011 at 12:00 AM

      Playing the puck means that the puck is being moved around. The first time around Coburn just let the puck stay in his feet, which resulted in an appropriate whistle. The second time when Prongs was skating in pivot circles, that resulted in an unwarranted whistle. The puck was in motion. As Mr. McGuire mentioned (per the text he received from NHL players), most of the blame falls on the Lightening for not applying pressure. There is no way the Flyers deserved a penalty for delay of game.

      • mountainlion2 - Nov 10, 2011 at 12:19 AM

        Why should the Lightning be forced to apply pressure? They don’t have the puck and don’t dictate play. And the Lightning did adjust later. The two defenders broke and attacked the puck causing a turn over. At the game the fans were not booing the Bolts, but the Flyers for their unwillingness to attack the defense. If the coach of the Flyers was trying to send a message that the 1-3-1 bad for hockey why are the Lightning racked 25th? With a high powered team like the Flyers they should have been skating circles around the 1-3-1.

  5. jpelle82 - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    the flyers dont have a puck moving defensman to beat the trap…all you have to do is skate it to the red line and dump it in. if pronger, coburn and crew arent skilled enough to make one move and dump the puck or carry it in then i can understand why they took their ball and went home.

  6. ohgre - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    On one of the early TV breaks Guy Boucher answered succinctly to Pierre “what-a-dope” McGuire “that we will play our game and not fall into their tactics to play their game” (paraphrased).. and good for him sticking to his game plan.. but what really irked me was the way the Versus crew (including the ultimate loser coach/GM Mike Milbury.. Keith Jones.. Enzo.. and the dope) portrayed TBL as the offending team for the stalls and slow play.. when in fact it was the crybaby whiner Flyers that held the puck in their zone doing nothing.. and the Versus crew even insinuated that true hockey stars would not like to play in this system or play for this coach.. what a pile of stupidity.. what do they know about true stars? but in a sense they were correct.. the stars on the TBL don’t like playing for this coach.. they LOVE playing for him.. their teammates.. and their fans..

    • tjv027 - Nov 10, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      So guys that have played/coached/managed professional hockey and have been around hockey their entire lives all unanimously agree that this was a cowardly tactic by the Lightning, and your response is that they’re wrong? Who are you exactly?

      Neither team broke the rules, but the cowardly tag definitely falls on the Lightning. The trap killed hockey, and you can call this the 1-3-1 or whatever you want, but it’s the trap and everyone knows it. Ban it.

      • jpelle82 - Nov 10, 2011 at 1:53 PM

        moron. how can you say ban it? so if 3 guys coincidentally are skating backwards in the nuetral zone at the same time you are going to stop play and call a penalty? its part of hockey…what do you want next, no d to d passing in your own zone?

  7. mopl22 - Nov 10, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Thank God I was at the game and didn’t have to listen to the BS from the versus idiots! The team with the puck – the offense – has to actually play offense before the defense can do their job! Why should the Lightning have to change their style of play to accomodate the other teams? If I have to watch any game on versus, I have the sound off as I refuse to listen to all of the “experts” of hockey…in my book, they are idiots, not experts!

  8. mopl22 - Nov 10, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Because when you have the puck, it’s called offense – that’s why you move the puck forward….

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