Flyers Fan Reaction (FFR1) Gm 61: PHI 1, MTL 5 - Dagger to the Hart
Gonna take an awful lot of money to scratch Carter Hart's name off the Calder now.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Starter Hart were shellacked for the second straight game, losing 5-1 in a critical game to Le Montreal Canadiens.
Once again, no one on the Flyers showed up on time. It took just 52 seconds for Brendan Gallagher, who would go on to score a hat-trick in this game, to light the lamp. A few moments later, Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored on a 2-on-1. And then Gallagher snuck the puck in from an impossible angle. Once again, Carter Hart was pulled after giving up 3 goals on 9 shots, and this time, the Flyers couldn't mount any sort of comeback.
Brian Elliott played admirably, but he gave up goals to Gallagher and Tatar in 50 minutes of work. Michael Raffl broke the shutout with a deflection goal in the 3rd, but the game was already over at that point.
Unfortunately, it feels like the Flyers bad habits are starting to catch up to them. They were consistently outshot and slow starters during their hot streak, but winning in spite of those qualities could only go on for so long. Carter Hart looked tired tonight - starting him may not have been Gordon's best decision. And now he's faced with a difficult one on Saturday. Start the ice cold Hart, give the veteran Elliott (who had been injured due to his workload) a 3rd straight appearance, or have Cam Talbot make his Flyers debut?
For the record, this loss doesn't officially mean the Flyers can't make the playoffs. But it sure feels like it's the one that unofficially takes the team out of the race. Serious playoff contenders they are not, barring another double-digit point streak. But who knows? If anyone can make an improbable push, it's this roller coaster ride of a hockey team.
Anyone who forgot Brian Elliott was a good goalie can officially take a seat. Elliott has a .962 SV% in the two games he's been in since coming back, and has probably been the best Flyer in both.
If any skater should be holding their head after tonight, it's Phil Myers. Given a chance to fill in for the suspended Radko Gudas, Myers did not disappoint, showing off his great puck skills and awareness. Hopefully he stays in the lineup when Gudas returns Tuesday.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux had his #28 retired by his junior team Gatineau Wednesday night.
If there's any consolation, at least the Flyers lost to a pretty good team. In fact, Montreal hasn't lost in regulation since the last time they played the Flyers, a 5-2 defeat back on January 19th.
1st - B. Gallagher (MTL) - 3 G
2nd - T. Tatar (MTL) - 1 G
3rd - J. Kotkaniemi (MTL) - 1 G
PHI - Stadium Series 2/23 vs. PIT (32-22-7)
MTL - 2/23 @ TOR (36-20-4)