Flyers Season Comes to a Disappointing End

The Flyers lost Game 6 to the Penguins in the 1st round of the playoffs, eliminating them from the playoffs.  This is the 2nd straight season that the Penguins have eliminated the Flyers from postseason play.

This was an extremely frustrating loss as the Flyers held a 3-0 lead in the 2nd period of this game.  You cannot lose a game in which you have a 3-0 lead at any point in the game, I don't care what the circumstances.  From that point on, the Penguins dominated the game and the Flyers could not get any offensive zone pressure at all.  The ice was slanted towards the Flyers end the entire 2nd and 3rd periods, and as the Penguins were able to tie up the game at 3 apiece by the end of the 2nd period.  As the 3rd period started, and the Penguins continued to put pressure on the Flyers, you knew, unfortunately, that it was only a matter of time before the Pens took the lead.  They did just that, and went up 4-3.  The Flyers did have some chances at the end of the game, including Giroux hitting the post.  The Penguins added an empty netter to win the game 5-3.

It is a very disappointing end to the season, that at times during the season looked very promising.  The Flyers struggled down the stretch, and ended up without home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.  The Penguins were also a very tough team to draw in the 1st round, as they might have more skill than any other team in the Eastern Conference.  There are no excuses however, as the Flyers had plenty of opportunities in this game, and in this series to win.

1 comment:

T-Bone said...

Disgraceful performance by the Flyboys, and equally disgraceful post-game comments by Snider who, despite 34 years of evidence to the contrary, still retains the delusion that he has a clue. Channeling Reid at his best, Snider claimed that the Flyers have no major problems to address, and just need some "tweaking." Give me a friggin' break! On several occasions in this Comments section I've pointed out that this team has serious deficiencies and is a regression from last year's team. The Upshall deal was an abortion, as amply demonstrated by Carcillo's typical brain fart in allowing himself to be baited into a fight with Talbot when up 3-0 -- a fight that Talbot knew he couldn't win, but which had no other purpose than to fire up his listless teammates. Carcillo, like a number of his mates, has the IQ of a bag of hammers, which is the only possible reason for the constantly stupid, ill-timed penalties this team has continually taken. It's also the case that Richardson + Carter in no way equals Crosby + Malkin. Our best players simply aren't on the same level as the Pens' best. Add to this a slightly (and I do mean SLIGHTLY) better than mediocre goalie in Biron, and you get exactly what we've seen: a third or fourth tier level playoff team -- nothing less and nothing more. I take absolutely no pleasure in having nailed my prediction for this series: the Pens in 6 -- but it was painfully inevitable. I sincerely hope that Homer demonstrates greater insight than his self-delusional owner and squarely addresses this team's deficiencies that are sticking out like a sore thumb.