The nine lives have ended for the Flyers

This article can be found published on Chicks Who Give a Puck.


Scott Hartnell and the Philadelphia Flyers couldn't pull off two miracles in two years as they were swept by the Boston Bruins. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Scott Hartnell and the Philadelphia Flyers couldn’t pull off two miracles in two years as they were swept by the Boston Bruins. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Going back to Game 82 of last season, the Philadelphia Flyers have faced nine elimination games. Before Friday night, they had a stunning record of 7-1 in those games. It seems the hockey gods are done being generous to the Flyers, as they lost their magic and fell 5-1 to the Boston Bruins. For a season that started with so much promise, it is shocking to see the Flyers get swept out in the semifinals by the same team they eliminated in the same round last postseason.

It started off promising in the first five minutes, but after several unwise and unnecessary penalties, the Flyers lost their steam. While Daniel Carcillo sat in the box for a cross check, Milan Lucic was able to score his first of the playoffs and give the home team the 1-0 lead. Heads hung low, and out-shot 13-6, the Flyers could thank Sergei Bobrovsky for keeping them down by only one.

It looked as though new life had surged into them after Kris Versteeg scored his first of the postseason, but a poor power play on a penalty to the Bruins following the goal took the momentum away once again.

Once again, the Flyers had to play from behind when Johnny Boychuk released a slapper that beat Bobrovsky high glove side and gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead 2:42 into the third.  Lucic put the nail in the Flyers’ coffin with five minutes left, when he made it a 3-1 game.

Two empty-net goals from Brad Marchand and Daniel Paille added insult to injury for the Flyers and their fans, as the Bruins were able to easily handle the Flyers and move onto the Conference Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Flyers seemed to have no energy, no desire and no desperation in their play, so it’s little surprise they were ousted in four games.

Though Bobrovsky became the first Flyers goalie to play an entire game in the series, the goaltenders are not the ones who should bear all the blame. It’s hard to point fingers at them when the team was out-scored 20-7 in the series and averaged just 1.75 goals per game, compared to Boston’s 5.

Ed Snider and Paul Holmgren have the summer cut out for them as they try to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it over the summer.


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Categories: Ice Hockey, NHL, Sports, Stanley Cup Playoffs

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