Flyers Fan Reaction (FFR1) Gm 23: PHI 0, TOR 6 - Johnssdone
Yeah, I'm just gonna go ahead and say it.
FIRE HAKSTOL (clap, clap, clap clap clap)
The Philadelphia Flyers get utterly destroyed as the roller coaster this team has riden for the last 2 and a half years swings violently back down in the form of a 6-0 thrashing by the Toronto Maple Leafs, who sure got to Maple Laugh at the Flyers Saturday night.
Some things have changed since I started writing this article (I'll make a separate one talking about them - spoiler alert, it's big), I'll try to keep this brief - the Flyers were utterly destroyed by the Leafs. Much like the San Jose game, a respectable first 5 minutes was overshadowed by a 4-goal first from the Leafs. Andreas Johnsson, a former teammate of Pickard, beat Cal 5-hole 3 times, each goal more embarassing than the last. Patrick Marleau scored between Johnsson's 2nd and 3rd goals, taking advantage of a lowly Flyers defense that watched helplessly as the puck and Robert Hagg entered the net. Toronto added 2 more goals from Josh Leivo (with 2 Leafs behind the Flyers defense in front all alone) and John Tavares (who is a Maple Leaf, by the way) on Anthony Stolarz, backing up in place of an ill Alex Lyon. Stollie actually played pretty well, but was left with an impossible task that no goalie could have completed.
And unlike in previous games like Buffalo and Tampa, the Flyers failed to show any fight in this one. Toronto's defense, supposedly their main weakness, shut down the Flyers all night long. Just sheer dominance.
Yeah, I'd say the Leafs made the right move keeping Garrett Sparks as their backup over Pickard and Curtis McElhinney (claimed off waivers by Carolina the same day as Pickard).
Anthony Stolarz is now the 5th goalie to play for the Flyers this year, the most since the 2009-10 season.
This game was the first in Flyers history where neither team was assessed a penalty, and the 5th time the Flyers didn't receive a penalty, their first since 2/20/11 vs. NYR.
Alex Lyon was sent down on Monday, implying that Stollie's performance may have been enough to jump him on the depth chart.
I'm sorry if this article comes off as rushed, but there's some slightly more important news involving the Flyers right now that I want to get to.
1st - A. Johnsson (TOR) - 3 G
2nd - G. Sparks (TOR) - 1.000 SV% (34 Saves/34 Shots)
3rd - M. Marner (TOR) - 2 A
PHI - Change
TOR - 11/26 vs. BOS (13-6-4)