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Not even fights helped the Flyers beat the Rangers

Feb 5, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that more fights might help them out in home games. The Flyers tried that theory out this afternoon on the road against the Rangers hoping to finally beat New York.

It didn’t work out very well.

The Winter Classic rivals dropped the gloves four times with Flyers tough guy Tom Sestito fighting three separate times earning a game misconduct for doing so, but the Rangers won the battle on the scoreboard taking home a 5-2 win. Sestito was the first Flyer with three fights in a game since Ian Laperriere did it in 2009.

Artem Anisimov scored a goal and had two assists while helping Ilya Bryzgalov look shaky once again in defeat. Marian Gaborik scored his 26th goal of the year and added an assist as well even though Rangers coach John Tortorella thought Gaborik’s goal was a “horse—- goal.”

You can judge for yourselves on that.

If there’s something the Flyers need to get figured out before the playoffs, they’ll have to find out who their top goalie is going to be. Bryzgalov having another soft game only means that Sergei Bobrovsky will continue to have people calling for him as the season winds down.

  1. laurely515 - Feb 5, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    It’s so frustrating watching Bryz make some incredible saves, and then give up such awful goals. The amount of goals that the Flyers have given up in the last 30 seconds of a period this season is inexcusable.

    As for Sestito’s fighting, it seemed like he was fighting less to inspire the team, and more just because he was angry. That’s not so helpful.

    • nyr1 - Feb 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      Yeah, Bryz is a disaster….I would hate to be a flyers fan right now being stuck with this guy for 8 more years. Glad our boy Hank is doing serious work between the pipes as usual!

  2. crazemastercraze - Feb 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Ah the Flyers, still living off the fame of the team of 1974-75….. everyone in the organization should be fired for everything they’ve done up to this point(signing Pronger excluded). they’re a joke, all they’re good at at this point is “gooning” it up. the only people that satisfies is their delusional, white trash fans!

  3. riles1008 - Feb 5, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    They’ve been off since the Winter Classic

  4. danphipps01 - Feb 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    How do Philly fans feel about Bryz, anyway? That Gaborik goal wasn’t the result of any real effort on his part – more a complete and total failure on Bryzgalov’s to remember how to stop a puck. He just sat there looking dazed – and it’s not the first time I can remember thinking that about him this season, either. Far from it. Often it seems like he’s reacting well after something happens, if he even reacts at all. I’ve seen him stand still and just… vaguely wave his glove at an unscreened shot that goes in. Who the hell thought this guy WASN’T just being propped up by the Phoenix system?

  5. giantsman80 - Feb 5, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    I was at the game today and Sestito looks like a cave man and he lost every one of the fights the fights didn’t even fier up his team. He should me in the minors.

    • laurely515 - Feb 5, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      Yeah, we must have been watching completely different games if you think Sestito lost all three fights. I’d say the Dubinsky fight was a draw, as soon as Dubinsky realized who he was fighting he didn’t even try to throw a punch, just got as close to Sestito as he could, tied him up, and waited for the linesmen. Bickel probably won his fight, but it was a lot closer than the takedown at the end made it look. Seemed like Sestito beat Prust though, he definitely landed more punches. Have to love a fight where both guys skate away bleeding, regardless of who wins.

      And congratulations on the Super Bowl.

    • laurely515 - Feb 5, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Oh, and I forgot to add that I 100% agree with your last point. There’s no reason for Sestito to be in the NHL.

      • barkar942 - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:41 AM

        I want to know if he gets fined or suspended for the hair lock on Prust during the fight- and did Prust break his nose? Looked like blood out of both nostrils on his way to the showers.

    • ml3939 - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      At least we know based on your name that you are not the least bit biased. I am sure you have extensive knowledge regarding Tom Sestito and his abilities.

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