Flyers Fan Reaction (FFR1) Gm 71: PHI 6, TOR 7 - How
There's just no other word.
The Philadelphia Flyers blow a 5-2 lead to the Toronto Maple Leafs, losing 7-6 in regulation. They are not going to make the playoffs, I don't care that they're mathematically alive. The Flyers just pulled off the greatest con job in the history of sports, selling their fanbase on hope and then ripping it away from them in the worst hockey game I've ever seen them play. Granted, I've only watched them consistenly for about 4 years. But it's the Flyers, so that's saying something.
Everything was awful. The defense was awful. Brian Elliott played so bad I could see the brown stains in his crease from New Jersey. JVR had a hat-trick, so he was fine. But everyone else was awful. The Flyers were outshot FITY ONE to twenty six, getting outshot by at least by at least 7 shots each period. Only Frederik Andersen's equally atrocious performance kept the Flyers in the game. And even he rebounded, stoning Shayne Gostisbehere in the dying seconds to preserve the win.
Just like in 2017, the Flyers playoff hopes die in Toronto. At least that year they lost them with dign-oh right, the Brandon Manning on goal the next day, nevermind. The bottom line is the Flyers were exposed for what've they been throughout this entire hot streak - lucky. Despite being outplayed almost every night, the Flyers kept finding ways to win, in large part thanks to Carter Hart. Now, their goaltending has faltered, and a result the team is being embarassed once again.
Now, there is no tomorrow. Thanks to the awful first half of the season the Flyers margin for error is gone. They're not winning out. And even they did, they'd still miss the playoffs because Flyers. That's all that needs to be said. This team keeps finding the most painful ways to lose, and it's shown over the past 44 years. Leon Stickle. Darren McCarty's end-to-ender. 5-hole Leighton. The list goes on and on and on, spanning a 44-year dark age. Toronto's drought might be longer, but at least Leafs fans knew what to expect most years. The Flyers always take you to the brink of joy and hope before pushing you right off the edge. The Leafs were willing to bottom out, and a result are a powerhouse. Philadelphia stubbornly tried to stay competitive, and a result are stuck in endless mediocrity.
What else could go wrong? Glad you asked. Columbus won 3-0 against the Canes, pushing the Flyers to 7 points back of the playoffs. It doesn't matter now. They're finished. The rest of the season should be devoted to figuring out how good Sam Morin is and if Cam Talbot is worth keeping around. Soon, there will be nothing else to play for.
JVRn't you ready for a better future? Because that's all there is to look forward to right now.
Hell hath no fury like a Philadelphia Flyers team scorned.
A bunch of Leafs (not Andersen) and probably JVR
PHI - Draft Lottery (4/9)
TOR - Playoffs (4/10)