Top Of The '88 Draft Class Helps Ducks Soar Over Flyers

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Top Of The '88 Draft Class Helps Ducks Soar Over Flyers
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Teemu Selanne, a man who was drafted 10th overall in 1988 by the Winnipeg Jets, showed Philadelphia he is still a force to be reckoned with.

The "revenge" story-line dominated the discussion during the pre-game show.  Pronger playing against his old team and former Flyers Sbisa, Lupul, and Eminger.  The storyline quickly changed mid-way through the second period, as Teemu Selanne stole the show.

The first period set the tone for most of the tilt, a lackluster performance with little physical play.  Richards struck first with a power-play goal assisted by young stand-out Claude Giroux and Simon Gagne.

The Flyers' power-play offense would strike again in the second period as defenseman Chris Pronger blasted a slap shot from the point past goalie Jonas Hiller.  It seemed as if Emery was making a strong bid at yet another shutout.  Keeping the Ducks out of the scoring column for the first two periods of play.

The third period was a completely different story.

Teemu Selanne put on an offensive clinic late in the third period.  With 6:44 left to play in the third, Selanne skated past the defense and snapped a shot past Ray Emery to put the Ducks on the board and the pressure on the Flyers.

The Ducks would strike again with seconds remaining in regulation.  Darroll Powe could not clear the puck out of the defensive zone, continuing the Flyer's turn-over woes, which allowed the rubber to end up on the stick of the veteran Scott Neidermayer.

Neidermayer passed the puck to a wide open Teemu Selanne, stationed at the back-side of the net and the Finnish sniper did what he has done for years.  He buried the puck in the back of the net.

Flyers fans throughout the Wachovia Center let out a collective groan.  Not only did the Flyers blow a two-goal lead in the third period, there now was the distinct possibility of a shoot-out, which fans know all to well is the bane of an otherwise solid hockey club.

The overtime period allowed for few scoring chances and the worst fears of Flyers fans were confirmed as a shoot-out would decide the victor.

Guess who was the hero...

The first three shooters: Briere, Perry and Richards were denied by Emery and Hiller respectivley.  The fourth attempt would be a different story.

Teemu Selanne stood as stoic as ever at the center-ice circle.  When the whistle blew Selanne took off straight at Emery, made a quick move and snapped a shot past the right side of the Flyers' net minder. 

Gagne would miss on the following attempt, and Anaheim stole a W away from the Flyers.

The young Flyers have alot to learn still, and Selanne was there to teach the lesson.

The Flyers could not bury scoring chances, and their defense was non existant in the latter half of the third period.  What has been most worrisome is the Flyers continued turn-over problem, which has been ever present over the first 5 games of the season.

Regardless of how much talent a team has, turnovers will kill; making tonight a valuble lesson for the Flyers and coach John Stevens.  If you can't protect the puck, you can't win in the National Hockey League.

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