Flyers Fan Reaction (FFR1) Gm 29: PHI 5, CGY 6 (OT) - Up in Flames
What in the literal f*ck.
I'm sorry, but this game deserves it.
The Philadelphia Flyers go full Smashville (circa 2017-18), blowing a 5-3 lead in the final 69 seconds in the most not nice game imaginable, ultimately falling 6-5 in overtime to the Cal-gary Flames (that's how you're supposed to pronounce it).
FIRE HAKSTOL - CLAP, CLAP, CLAP CLAP CLAP
Yeah, I couldn't go any longer without saying it.
This has to be the game, right? This has to be the game where things change. And I don't mean for the better. They're not gonna "learn" from this experience and make sure they don't sh*t away a 2-goal lead in the final 70 seconds of regulation next time so they don't lose in the first minute of overtime for the 3rd time this season (they're now 1-4 in 3-on-3, too).
This has to be the game that causes more heads to roll, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's not just the coaching staff. Hakstol is gone the second this team gets back to Philly, and if he's not, so help me God. I don't care who replaces him. Make AMac a player coach for all I care, he still wouldn't have himself and Dale Weise out to defend against Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan in the final 10 seconds of play with a one-goal lead. What'd you think was gonna happen, Haksh*t? We've heard almost as many rumors about the things Chuck Fletcher is going to do as the Phillies. Now is the time for action.
Philadelphia did a lot of positive things this game. They scored a short-handed goal and killed off 5/6 penalties. They scored a power-play goal for once in their damn lives. Travis Sanheim scored his 3rd goal in 4 games, continuing to stay red hot. JVR scored his 2nd in 3 games (the PPG) after scoring once in his first 10 games. Anthony Stolarz was great the entire game, and his teammates should feel ashamed of themselves for what they did for him - f*cking nothing.
Because guess what? None of them matter. The glaring negatives cover them up like a blanket. The Flyers were utterly dominated start to finish - outshot 41-19 on the game and never once outshooting the Flames in a single period. Andrew MacDonald received 22:22 TOI. Dale Weise got 13:16. Travis Sanheim and Oskar Lindblom? 10:28 and 5:27 respectively, the lowest amongst their position groups. They took a series of dumb penalties that easily could have let Calgary back into the game. They still do not have a competent head coach based on what I have mentioned earlier. And of course, that collapse. If Rasul Douglas knocking down that pass right into Amari Cooper's arms was the most emblematic play of the Eagles season, the final 90 seconds of play was just that for the Flyers. They simply cannot win. And they will not be able to change that until Dave Hakstol is fired.
Last year, the Flyers came into Calgary having lost 10 straight games. They won convincingly, 5-2, and won the next 5 after. Going into Calgary was the savior of the Flyers 2017-18 season. For 2018-19, it feels like the final nail in the coffin. And there's still a lot of time between now and when this thing gets lowered into the ground.
I realize this wasn't a traditional game recap, but after all this series is called "Flyers Fan Reaction," and I think I'm reacting about the same way as most Flyers fan are right now. We'll get back to that on Friday against Edmoney. Also no swearing then too.
The sad part is the Flyers are only 4 points back of the Islanders for the final Metro spot with a game in hand, but this team feels so far from the playoffs it doesn't really matter.
In case you don't remember the "full Smashville" reference from last year, allow me to remind you. The Flyers, down 3-0, score 5 straight goals to take a 5-3 lead midway through the 3rd. With the game at 5-4 with 3 minutes left, AMac and Dale the Snail take simultaneous minor penalties, putting the Preds on a 5-on-3. Smashville scores. The Flyers take another penalty after a failed offsides challenge. On a 5-on-4 now, the Predators score with less than 40 seconds left to win the game in regulation. I'll let you decide what's worse.
Mandatory "What Slumping Player Did the Flyers Let Score Today Award" goes to Sam Bennett, who scored Calgary's 1st goal, his 1st in 10 games. Honorable mention to Rasmus Andersson, who scored the 5-4 goal, his 1st ever in the NHL.
You thought Brady Tkachuk was a Flyer killer? Older brother Matthew is making a run for that title as well with a 4-assist game, including assists on both 3rd period goals for the Flames.
Entering play tonight, 41.3% of goals scored by the Flyers since the start of the 2017-18 season have been scored or assisted on by Claude Giroux, the second highest percentage in the NHL. Only Connor McDavid's percentage for the Oilers is higher.
Robert Hagg played his 100th NHL game tonight, making it the 108th straight game that the broadcast crew has mentioned how much he hits people. We get it, JJ.
Sanheim and Provorov both suffered somewhat scary but ultimately small injuries in the 1st period. Both returned to the game within minutes after they were hurt, with Provy never even leaving the ice after limping off the ice following a blocked shot.
Interesting decision made by Calgary - Mike Smith, who let in the worst goal I've seen all season on an unscreened wrist shot from the point from Dale Weise, was pulled after 40 for David Rittich. The move payed off, as Rittich made a big breakaway save on Ivan Provorov in overtime after being largely untested (but sniped on shorthanded by Coots) in the 3rd.
More change, folks - the Flyers hired Brent Flahr from the Wild as their new assistant GM, filling the Pryor vacancy. Flahr, who worked under Fletcher in Minnnesota, has a strong drafting record, selecting players like Jason Zucker, Matt Dumba, Mikael Granlund, Kirill Kaprizov, and more in his tenure.
Did I tell them to fire Hakstol yet?
1st - S. Monahan (CGY) - 2 G, 1 A
2nd - S. Couturier (PHI) - 2 G, 1 A
3rd - M. Tkachuk (CGY) - 4 A
PHI - Death (and probably another unsuccessful power play)
CGY - 12/15 @ MIN (16-12-2)