Flyers' best and worst of the week

Flyers' best and worst of the week
April 6, 2012, 4:52 am
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Winners and sinners of the Flyers' Week:

Best

Pass: Quick redirection by Eric Wellwood at center to spring Jake Voraceks breakaway goal in Pittsburgh.

Play: By Matt Read, beating Robin Regehr to the outside when there seemed to be more room on the inside and roaring in to beat Ryan Miller and the Sabres.

Shot: By Wayne Simmonds off his face against Ottawa. Perfectly placed with lots of steam to beat the red hot Craig Anderson.

Bravado: Kimmo Timonens guarantee that if the Flyers meet the Rangers in the playoffs, its going to be a different story.

Reason to think the Flyers have better than a punchers chance against Pittsburgh: Marc-Andre Fleury holds no mystique to Philadelphia shooters.

Save: Point blank, post-to-post pad, by Ilya Bryzgalov on the Sabres Tyler Ennis on a pass through the crease by Drew Stafford to keep it 1-1.

Judgment to defuse a potentially ugly situation: Penguin assistant Tony Granato took it upon himself to confront a Peter Laviolette furious with Dan Bylsma for putting out the goons after the empty-net goal. Assistant coaches cant get a third-man-in penalty.

Worst

Area of defensive coverage: How many goals were scored by Flyer opponents this week by shooters alone in the high slot?

Goal: James Neals shot from 30 feet out at almost the half boards squeezed through Sergei Bobrovsky to put Ottawa up 3-0.

Move: Claude Giroux turned his back to Anderson in the shootout and got poke checked. Rule of thumb: Practically nothing good ever happens in hockey when you arent moving forward.

Whine: By Sidney Crosby about Brayden Schenns crosscheck, which precipitated the precipitous situation in Pittsburgh. Schenn was retaliating for some dirt done to him by Crosby during the shift. When John Tortorella went off Thursday night about the Penguins' two whining stars (Crosby and Evgeni Malkin), the Rangers coach became a Philadelphia hero, for this round anyway.

Jay Greenberg covered the Flyers for 14 years for the Daily News and Evening Bulletin. His history of the Flyers, Full Spectrum, was published in 1996. He can be reached at jayg616@aol.com.

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