From Where I Sat: Brian Flynn is Good at Hockey Edition

Tonight marked the first of four meetings between the Albany Devils and the Rochester Americans. Coming in to tonight the Devils were 15th in the Eastern Conference with 12 points, while the Amerks were 8th in the Western Conference with 17 points. In other words, this was exactly the kind of team the Amerks should get a regulation win against. Fortunately for most of the 8,781 fans in the Blue Cross Arena, they were able to do just that. After the jump you’ll find The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

The Good:

-TJ Brennan scored not one, but TWO shorthanded goals. Devils goalie Jeff Frazee was fooled in exactly the same manner for both of those goals.

-How about that Brian Flynn kid? Tonight’s line: 3G 1A 4P, +1. For the season, in 15 games, he has 8G 7A 15P, +4, 4PIM, and 1PPG (tonight). For comparison, his former University of Maine linemate and 2012 Hobey Baker Finalist, Spencer Abbott, has 1G 5A 6P, +2, 0PIM, and 0PPG in 4 games. He also is 17th overall in the league in scoring, 2nd among rookies in scoring, and 3rd in among rookies in goals. Not too bad, if you ask me. He’s definitely on the top of my Amerks jersey list. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as the AHL Player of the Week.

-David Leggio was mostly solid tonight. He had several very good saves, including a great save on a shorthanded breakaway by former 2012 Calder Trophy Finalist Adam Henrique.

-It was nice to finally see Zemgus Girgensons draw a couple penalties. It seems to me that most of the time the referees have been letting guys get away with murder against him, but perhaps that’s simply a misconception on my part.

The Bad:

-The last two periods of the game where they were pretty much dominated by the Devils. Well, as far as time of possession and shots go, anyway.

The Ugly:

-Please, for the love of whatever deity you do or do not pray to, never participate in The Wave at a hockey game. That is something that should be outlawed at every sporting event in America, and especially hockey games. Act like you’ve been there before people.


-The John Crichton*: David Leggio (Yes, he got the win, but he won this award during the last two periods when the Amerks were outshot 27-18.)

-The Ka D’Argo**: Brian Flynn and TJ Brennan

-The Rygel***: I can’t say anyone on the Amerks deserves this award tonight.

Final Thoughts:

They beat a team that they should, as least on paper, beat. This was a well earned and well deserved win at home. The next home game in on 11/28 against the lowly San Antonio Rampage (15th in Western Conference and 30th in the AHL).

*The John Crichton Award: For the player who, despite his best efforts, finds himself in a tough situation.

**The Ka D’Argo Award: For the player who loses his cool and channels his rage in a way that helps his team win.

***The Rygel Award: For the player(s) who want(s) to win, but would rather have someone else do the work.

P.S. This month’s awards theme will be Farscape. I reserve the right to give a player more than one award or give an award to more than one person.


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