Philadelphia Flyers 8 Vancouver Canucks 2
A line brawl. Goonery. A blowout score. The home team was booed off the ice.
It was the 1970s all over again last night when the Philadelphia Flyers embarrassed the Vancouver Canucksâ€™ 8-2 at General Motors Place.
Goat of the Game:
Roberto Luongo. Whatâ€™s wrong with the Globeâ€™s Greatest Goalie? Seven goals allowed in two first periods at GM Place and 10 goals in less than three games. Is it possible to have an â€œoff-nightâ€ so early in the season?
Curtis Sanford relieved shell-shocked Luongo to start the second period. Enter â€œSandman?â€ Enter four more goals, including Mike â€œDonâ€™t Call Me Kramerâ€ Richardsâ€™ unassisted short-hander through the five-hole late in the third.
Canucks were trailing only 2-1 after Ryan Shannonâ€™s power play goal when Flyer Simon Gagne scored unassisted on a backhand at 13:11 of the first. The floodgates opened. Richards was first star with two goals and two assists.
Jesse â€œBroad Street Bully 2.0â€ Boulerice flattened Ryan â€œAlmost A Flyerâ€ Kesler in the Canucksâ€™ end and then cross-checked him in the face at the other end moments later. Boulerice got a 10-minute match penalty, worthy of a minimum 10-game suspension. Over to you, Colin Campbell.
Last time the Canucks started a season wearing only blue, green and white was 1977-1978 when they finished 20-43-17, two points shy of the last Campbell Conference playoff berth. Are we in for another long, long season?