Fly on the Wall - Dec. 18, 2008
John Stevens dishes out some brotherly love
After watching the red light go off over Antero Niittymaki’s head five times, even with Habs captain Saku Koivu out of the lineup, Philadelphia head coach John Stevens wishes the Canadiens had been a little more Swedish and a little less “finish” against his Flyers.
“There was too much time off the clock for us to come back and we just dug ourselves a hole that it was too difficult to get out of. They were playing well, though. I’ve watched their last couple of games and they’ve been playing well, they just weren’t scoring. Tonight they actually capitalized on their opportunities and we couldn’t match them.”
The Flyers went a little off course
While Flyers winger Joffrey Lupul seemed to agree with his coach’s sentiments in general, he admits that allowing five goals against wasn’t exactly in Philly’s game plan.
“Our goal was to jump on them off the start, which we didn’t do at all. We dug ourselves a bit of a hole and gave them some easy goals which you can’t do against a team that was struggling like they were. We gave up two breakaways and their power play was good all night.”
Asham will never forget his first
Drafted by the Canadiens 71st overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Arron Asham’s first period goal seems to have taken some of the sting out of losing to his former team.
“These were the guys that gave me my first chance when I first broke into the league. It’s always nice to come back here and you definitely get up for these games so the ending was unfortunate.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com