There's really no denying that Vinny Lecavalier has been a disappointment since coming over from Tampa Bay this offeseason with a 5-year, $22.5M contract in hand. His play at even-strength was horrendous (here's a good breakdown of how bad things were from late February), and the only thing saving his production was his power-play scoring on the 2nd unit. Before the March 28th game against Toronto, Craig Berube made a decision that many of the advanced statistic-leaning Flyers fans had been in favor of for some time: he demoted Vincent Lecavalier to the 4th line. The move seemed to be acknowledging a sunk cost: Vinny had struggled as a 2nd line C and struggled even more when moved to the wing, and the Flyers were doing what they could with him. Instead, the move has seemingly revitalized Lecavalier and strengthened the 4th line, which was once a weakness for the Flyers.
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Flyers vs. Penguins. Canadiens vs. Bruins. Yankees vs. Red Sox. Lakers vs. Celtics. All these are historic rivalries in the world of sports. You can throw in North Dakota vs. Minnesota into that mix as well. There hasn’t been a game of higher stakes between these two clubs since the 1979 national title game, in which Herb Brooks’ Golden Gophers were victorious.
With a date versus Union on the line for a crack at the national title, the two old WCHA rivals battled all game. In the end, Minnesota came away as the winners defeating North Dakota 2-1 in dramatic fashion Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.