Sure the Flyers stopped playing in the third. Sure they gave up an early goal in the third. sure they need to play better next game. That being said, the refs chose the winner of the game last night. To not blow the whistle when Thoresen was OBVIOUSLY hurt is ridiculous. Real hurt, not Darcy Tucker hurt.
According to TSN (see sidebar for link):
WASHINGTON - Flyers left wing Patrick Thoresen was taken to the hospital for tests after getting hit in the groin by a shot during Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to Washington on Friday night.
"He's going to the hospital to get an ultrasound done on his testicles. It's bad enough they may have to remove one," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "Right now, we're not sure how serious it is, but there's a chance he may need surgery."
Thoresen blocked Mike Green's shot with about 6 1/2 minutes left in the game, then dropped to the ice, writhing in pain. Moments later, Washington scored to tie the game 4-4.
"Obviously, I'd have liked to see a whistle," Flyers coach John Stevens said.
Thoresen was helped off the ice and taken to the locker
If you watch the video (currently not available on Youtube), you can see that Biron is distracted by the injury. WHERE WAS THE WHISTLE!! Just prior to the post season, the Flyers were playing and the ref got hit with the puck and they blew the whistle immediately. If that were Ovechkin or Crosby on the ice that play would have been blown dead immediately.
If I had to have my testicle removed after that, I would bring it to the next game and throw it at the ref and say "Did you see that?"
For the next game, the Flyers need to bring up this guy.
I liked this clip because:
a) it has The Animal kicking ass.
b) it showed me that Frank was in the league for a long time before the Phantoms (Fighting against the Nordiques??)
c) Tony Twist gets his ass kicked. The same Tony Twist who couldn't make a living in hockey so he sued Todd McFarlane for using his name in the Spawn comic book.)
In other hockey news the WILD won a game last night. Well done there. The Predators lost but looked competitive. Nice job. . .Go Preds!