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In a night that won’t be forgotten anytime soon, the Flyers now find themselves down 3-0 in their first round playoff series with the Capitals after last night’s debacle at Wells Fargo Center. Through 2 games and 2 periods tonight, the Flyers at least competed and even scored the first goal early in the first period. By the third period, however, they completely unraveled from there and the Capitals proceeded to take it to them. Overall, it’s been a frustrating series for Philadelphia as nothing has seemed to go their way; a couple of untimely mishaps have also played a role in this series and when up against a team as talented as Washington, one has to avoid the self-inflicted wounds and unforced errors. Those aforementioned wounds and errors were plentiful Monday night.The Flyers received their lone goal of the night from Michael Raffl. For the series, the Flyers have been anemic offensively and more than anything else, have found ways to shoot themselves in the foot. The team’s powerplay has gone 0-12 in this series to date and the club has just been about to muster up 2 goals through the first 3 games of the series. Philadelphia was also charged with 17 giveaways for the game last night and in most incidents, were committed with no pressure around them. In my opinion, this series has completely exposed the Flyers lack of depth up front. The Capitals have been able to key in on the Flyers top line and have forced Philly’s other players to beat them. This series has been the epitome of their season when it comes to special teams. Mistakes are one thing, but repeating those mistakes ad nauseam is another thing completely.
Losing goaltender Steve Mason struggled tonight as he made just 21 of 27 saves. Mason has not been his usually sure-handed self in this series and while that’s hurt the team to an extent, the Flyers better not try and hide behind that. It would be a shock and change of pace to see this team actually pick up their goaltender after a mistake instead of leaving him high and dry like they’ve typically done. The players in front of Mason need to step up and help their goaltender as that’s what good teammates do for one another.
Here is your game notable:
Everyone has heard this already, but Flyers fans were an embarrassment last night with their actions and carrying on towards the end of the game. Throwing wristbands onto the ice and at the other teams’ players that were given out to celebrate and commemorate the life of the franchise’s dead owner is absolutely appalling. Just because one buys a ticket to a game, doesn’t give that person the right to carry and ruin the experience for everyone else, no matter what happens during the course of the game. This is not a reflection of true fans that come to the rink and fill the building throughout the dog days of the season, rooting the team on in their march to the playoffs.
Even in defeat, there is a certain matter in which you carry yourself and anyone that has ever played organized sports at any level knows that. There’s a stark difference between being passionate and being downright obnoxious. Flyers fans outdid themselves in the most classless way possible last night.