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Well folks, the Philadelphia Flyers season comes to an end in the form of a 1-0 shutout loss Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. The final game of the series just happened to be a microcosm of the Flyers battle with the Capitals as Washington played suffocating defense and Philadelphia struggled to generate much in way of offense. Overall, the Flyers hung tough in this series much longer then they should have as they showed moxie throughout against a superior opponent.
The Flyers were shutout for the 2nd time and scored just 6 goals for the series. Sometimes the other team is just better and that’s really the tale of this series. Nothing wrong with that, but my only real issue with this run, is the play of the team’s core forwards. I am sure the injury report will shed some light on that in the coming days as a healthy Jake Voracek would have done wonders for the Flyers. I don’t for a second think he or Giroux were healthy but all in all, you have to produce a little. In addition to this, the Flyers didn’t have enough secondary scoring either but with all this being said, the silver lining is that it can all be fixed moving forward. Many elements of a consistent winner are already in place and only with time and patience will it get better.
Losing goaltender Michal Neuvirth gave it all he had in there in game 6 as he turned away 28 of 29 shots. As previously mentioned, it wasn’t goaltending that hurt the Flyers in this series and while the defense improved as the series went along, the Capitals just were too deep offensively for the goaltender to outlast them, no matter who he was. Still, it was a good season for Neuvirth as he provided a stabilizing presence throughout the year in tandem with Steve Mason.
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First and foremost, I want to give many thanks to all our readers at DeliverPhilly4 for following my work here during the 2015-2016 season. I’ll forever be in debt to those who take the time out of their busy lives to read my game reports and features pieces every day so thank you for that. It was a fun season to analyze and evaluate, but the best has truly yet to come for the orange and black.
With a slew of up and coming prospects on the way, the Flyers have once again prioritized shrewd additions and internal development like they did in the 1970s-80s as opposed to the big splash in trade or free agency. In today’s NHL, it’s essential to build around and maintain that core group of players; the Flyers have a strong foundation from which to build on and if they can add some size and skill to their lineup this summer at either the draft or via free agency, the team may be poised for a strong run next season and dare I say, be a dark horse contender in the Eastern Conference.
The season is over, but the hockey never stops people! Expect Flyers coverage this summer from season report cards, the draft, free agency, right up to rookie camp and opening puckdrop on 2016-2017 season but until then, who’s down to read some Phillies baseball right here at DP4?