NIITTY RUSTY, RECCHI CRUSTY
Biron has been sensational against the Islanders (he's now beaten them in 11 straight) and Niitty beat the Bruins twice this season.
However, Niitty looked cold, and said so after the game:
"Reading the plays, the timing, moving from side to side, you know, things like that, I was a little rusty," he said. "But, I've felt a lot worse."
He looked real bad on the fourth goal. The puck popped out of his glove and sat in front of him then he never saw Mark Recchi shoot the puck. It was a bad goal, and a costly one for the Flyers.
As for Recchi, it was the 15th year of his career that he reached the 20-goal plateau. Kudos to the twice former Flyer.
However, Recchi didn't take too kindly to John Stevens saying he embellished a cross-checking penalty on Ryan Parent that lead to a 5-on-3 for the Bruins and ultimately a goal.
“Tell Johnny I haven't dived in 20 years," Recchi said. "You want to ask about diving, go ask Mike Knuble. The guy’s 240 pounds."
More on this in my story tomorrow.
Speaking of Knuble, our chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association nominated him for the Bill Masterton Award recognizing perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of hockey.
The league will announce five nominees each day this week beginning with the Atlantic Division tomorrow.
I'll have a more detailed story on that as well.