In my head, Flyers coach John Stevens and Stars coach Dave Tippett have been on the phone all week, convincing each other not to get swept. After Dallas avoided the sweep, I imagined Tippett running to the phone and telling Stevens “Dude. I held up my end of the deal. Now you have to stop the sweep.”
Obviously, I don’t know for sure this conversation didn’t happen, but one thing I do know is the Flyers beat the Penguins to avoid a sweep.
Stevens made two bold moves, one strategic and one emotional. Emotionally, he had injured defenseman Kimmo Timonen address the team before the game, which seemed to ramp up the Flyers (Timonen, who was supposed to be out the rest of the season might actually be back Sunday, which would be a tremendous boost for Philadelphia). Strategically, Stevens put Daniel Briere and Mike Richards (two centers) together.
Now let’s see if Stevens and Tippett can make it to game six.