"I think the biggest thing on that play was Saku (Koivu) gave me a hard yell that I had time. Down in the corner with my head down, I didn't really know if I had any time or not, so Saku yelled hard telling me I had time, so I was able to hold onto it a little bit longer so I was able to get control of it a little bit. You know at that point of the game you're going to have guys at the net. I've played with Teemu for a while, he's a righty and loves hanging out on that side."
It was a pretty rare play by a pretty rare player.
"I think there are lots of players that can make (that pass), but I don't think there's a lot of players that can make it in the situation they were presented with," Carlyle said. "It's pretty hairy when the goalie's out, all the desperation, everybody's sticks are in lanes, everyone's trying their darnedest to get the puck out, we're trying to recover it. That's the situation where special players find people."
Selanne was equally as special. And according to his coach, he needed to come through.
"I was talking to him earlier, he was turning the puck over in the first and second periods, so he better do something in the third," Carlyle said with a laugh.
"He's joking. He's a comedian, that guy," said Selanne, who was not credited with a giveaway in the game.
Selanne's play this season has been no joking matter -- especially to
"He's an opportunistic guy," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "When you see a player like that, his composure really comes to mind. I thought some of their guys were getting frustrated earlier in the game, some of the younger players, and he never does. He always seems like he's in control and it's hard to tell the difference between when he's winning and when he's losing because he always looks upbeat and he's an opportunistic guy. It almost looked like he had a twinkle in his eye there at the end like he was going to make something happen."
Carlyle certainly has seen that look before.
"He's a guy that's delivered in crucial situations," he
It wasn't nearly as much fun for Pronger, who was 16 seconds away from celebrating his 35th birthday by scoring the winning goal against his former team. With the Flyers up 1-0 after Richards' first-period goal, Pronger fired a rocket from the point that hit off Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski and got past Hiller at 13:58 of the second for his first goal of the season.
"I don't know if it's satisfying," said Pronger, who was a member of the Ducks' 2007 championship team but was dealt to
Selanne and Niedermayer, with whom Pronger shared the 2007 Stanley Cup with, took care of that.
-- Adam Kimelman, NHL.com
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|PPG - Mike Richards (6) Slapshot - ASST: Claude Giroux (2), Simon Gagne (3)|
1 - 0 PHI
|PPG - Chris Pronger (1) Slapshot - ASST: Matthew Carle (7), Jeff Carter (4)|
2 - 0 PHI
|Teemu Selanne (3) Snap shot - ASST: Ryan Whitney (3), Ryan Getzlaf (3)|
2 - 1 PHI
|Teemu Selanne (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Corey Perry (3), Scott Niedermayer (3)|
2 - 2 Tie
|1||D. Briere||C. Perry||0 - 0|
|2||M. Richards||T. Selanne||0 - 1|
|3||S. Gagne||0 - 1|
|Ole-Kristian Tollefsen Interference against George Parros|
|Nick Boynton Hooking against Claude Giroux|
|Ryan Getzlaf Tripping against Scott Hartnell|
|Ole-Kristian Tollefsen Interference against Bobby Ryan|
|Luca Sbisa Hooking against Riley Cote|
|Riley Cote Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Teemu Selanne Holding against Claude Giroux|
|Daniel Carcillo Slashing against Luca Sbisa|
|Corey Perry Unsportsmanlike conduct|
|Mike Richards Hooking against Petteri Nokelainen|
|Evgeny Artyukhin Slashing against Ian Laperriere|
|Petteri Nokelainen Interference against Daniel Briere|
|Evgeny Artyukhin Interference against Braydon Coburn|