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Flyers chase Niemi to top Sharks

Feb 4, 2014, 1:09 AM EDT

Antti Niemi and the San Jose Sharks were riding high lately, and the good times continued for a big chunk of Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. It all fell apart in the third period, however, as Philly scored three goals in less than four minutes to chase Niemi and lock up a 5-2 win.

In the process, San Jose endured a rare blown third period lead, as they’re now 26-2-2 after leading following two periods.

Matt Read began the run 1:11 into the third period:

Michael Raffl gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead 2:29 into the final frame:

Finally, Claude Giroux‘s 4-2 tally ended Niemi’s night early just under four minutes into the third period:

The Flyers improved to 28-23-6 while the Sharks fell to 35-16-6 after tonight’s game.

  1. sjsharks66 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Niemi has been pretty bad lately. I think they need to bench him for a couple games to send a message. Other then that, the Flyers came to play. The Sharks looked slow, tired and lost out on the ice. Kudos to Philly on the win.

  2. ibieiniid - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    score-wise, yeah, the sharks took two periods. the flyers dominated the 2nd and 3rd though to snap their 13 game losing streak vs the sharks. excellent game boys. flyerspsu, i feel inclined to call you out for calling 0 pts on the Cali trip. while not far off base theoretically, hopefully the orange and black proved something to you on this trip. they just gotta avenge that loss to Colorado last time thru on thursday tho.

    • flyerspsu - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      haha damn you got me, i was rather drunk when i ranted about the mediocrity i believe the Flyers to be and don’t remember calling the 0 points on the trip but id take your word for it

      as for this team, my opinion really hasnt changed, it has talent but is an incredibly flawed roster that needs to some serious moves to have any shot of contending

      Id trade at least 2 of Hartnell, Lecavalier, Luke Schenn or Grossmann to get rid of some of the stiffer bodies in the core to free up room for faster and hopefully younger improvements

      id also trade either b schenn or maybe even voracek to get a stud dman if possible, they are 2 of our better players but you have to give up value to get value and id think it would take one of those 2 to get a dman we desperately need, although i would hate to see a JVR-Schenn 2.0 so we’d have to be near certain the guy is the real deal rather someone like Schenn who was even being healthy scratched frequently the year we traded for him

      • ibieiniid - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        apologies, that wasn’t you that called that. you simply said (on that thread) that road trip was a better test than the last one.

        I revise my call-out to kastout11… and even in that case, he just said he wouldn’t be surprised with 0 pts in 3.

        i’ll just shut up now.

  3. kastout11 - Feb 4, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    I wasn’t expecting more than a couple of points on the trip out west, but Philly came to play. A much better effort, especially by Mason, during the trip. Now they need to carry that momentum and get a few more wins before the boys go to Sochi at the end of the week. Wow, has Giroux shown the entire NHL that he deserved to be Team Canada. Stinks for him, but to have him fresh for the playoff push should pay off for Philly.

  4. chaseutley - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Great trip. The Flyers have just 4 road games between now and April which should keep them fresh for the stretch run.

  5. uhokjoe - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Really NBC?!?! Really?!!? No mention of the Columbus Blue Jackets beating the Anaheim Ducks; really?!?! #3 in the Metro beats #1 team in the league and no story? Not even a blurb? Really?!!? Biased much?

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Have to agree with you there, uhokjoe. The same point was made when Anaheim lost another game sometime in the last week. No story about it.

      At first, I thought it was because it was the latest game the night before; but, now, two weeks in a row? I guess the league isn’t pushing NBC to write about a team that’s 1) a foregone conclusion to make the playoffs, and 2) isn’t the Phoenix [soon to be Arizona] Coyotes who could use any news to make them more successful attendance-wise.

      Props to the Yotes, though, for their win against the Pens. The announcement was made that it was a sellout crowd – 17,000+.

      Though, and not taking anything away from Phoenix, the NHL’s definition of a sellout and the rest of the world’s definition differ widely.

  6. flyerguy73 - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    It’s amazing what my team can do when you play almost all three periods! Also the jackets are really hot right now. I am with uhokjoe on this one!

  7. uhokjoe - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Thanks flyerguy73 and patthehockeyfan.

    I’m all for any team getting writeups when they do well and a fairly decent analysis when the dont. NBC seems to be biased against other divisions not only here on the website but in their broadcasts as well. When CBJ went on the 8 game streak, you could see the unconfortablity when they HAD to mention it. Even then it seemed they were reading “prepared remarks” from the teleprompter.

    Now, admittedly, I am a Jackets fan, but, paramount to that, I am a fan of good hockey; no matter who the team is. A win against the #1 team (or conversely, the #1 team losing) by a team from a “lesser” division IS news, no matter how badly the NBC sports team wish to the contrary.

    Not to take away form the Flyers win, but, if NBC had time to do a writeup for a 5-2 game that started 10:30EST, they had time to write a blurb about a 4-2 game that started at 10:00EST.

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    It’s somewhat amazing that half the stadiums were Flyers fans in all 3 Cali games… idk if it says more about those fan bases or us but I heard more “Let’s go Flyers chants” than I ever had at opposing arena’s. As for the actual games, very few gave us a chance. In fact there were several Flyers fans saying 0-3 but I think they proved when they’re on their game this club isn’t afraid to take on the best. Even the Anaheim game was closer than the 5-3 score indicated. Mason was awesome, there was cohesive team defense, and clutch scoring… keep it up orange and black and you’re no doubt playoff worthy.

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