Sunday, March 6, 2016

Riding Radko

Radko Gudas had the game of his life Saturday night in a 6-0 Philadelphia Flyers blowout of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He took his game to anohther level (a level that most people didn't know he had in his arsenal). Gudas had 5 points on the entire season going into Saturdays game. He nearly matched that in one night tallying 2 goals and 2 assists on the evening. But that's not even what impressed me the most. Radko played with such passion I said to myself "this is what hockey is and how it's meant to be played". And the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center showed their appreciation by cheering every time he touched the puck and they gave him a standing ovation in the final 2 minutes as he went to the penalty box. It was great. He dished out a ton of hits, he was mixing it up and scrapping with the Blue Jackets every chance he got and even blasted one of his goals from center ice! In an attempt to get Gudas a hat trick, he was put on the power play with about Two minutes left in the game. Gudas never plays on the power play unit. The Blue Jackets were pissed off! I'm assuming they thought the Flyers were trying to rub it in with a 6-0 lead. His bid for a hat trick was immediately cut short when Columbus went after him and he was sent to the penalty box with just over 2 minutes left to play. He had a huge smile on his face sitting in the box with Wayne Simmonds as the crowd gave him a standing ovation. Most important was the outcome of the game. The Flyers desperately need every point they can get and they took 2 points Saturday night on the back of their big Czech defenseman Radko Gudas and I loved every minute of it. It reminded me of why I love hockey and why I love the Philadelphia Flyers.

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