We're now 0-3 against the Rangers, and the next time we face them is in February.
They're the only team in the Eastern Conference (including the Jets ) that we're yet to beat. It might do wonders for their confidence to finally beat them; but first they have to bounce back after this loss and focus on Chicago.
until the flyers decide to play just as hard with the lead as they do trying to get the lead we are always going to end up losing in the end. the tough teams will always come back swinging in the third and take advantage of us taking our foot of the gas. yes bob let in a softy or 2 but we only had 5 shot to ny 16 in the first 12 minutes of the third. even after all the changes in the offseason the flyers still can't muster up a full 3 periods of play when it counts...
Just got home from the game it was such a good game too bad they lost. I'm 0-2 in winter classic's so it's not that fun I guess. Mike *** rupp!!!
How were the seats? I gave up my seats to tonight's game, but will be going next Friday to the AHL game. Looked liked the sight lines from the lower seats were bad.
My kid will be home from the military and doesn't get much (any) hockey where she is. Really looking forward to getting her to a couple of games. I'm sure it won't be as impressive as the Winter Classic atmosphere, but it should be a great time in any case.
Chickie & Pete's with some beer should make her smile if she can't see much of the game.
It was an awesome experience, but as always, a ****** goal here and a ****** goal there screw the Flyers over. The whole team played far too passively for the most part, but Bob took all of our momentum away after the 2nd goal and starting the 3rd period.
Great theater to be in, a fun game, they just didn't win. I'd rather have been there even though they lost than to not have been at all.
Came down to:
-Bob gave up two terrible goals to Mike Rupp. Especially the second one, that can't go in. First one may be a bit lucky. Doesn't matter who is and is not a hater, the Flyers finally got control of the game, the goaltender coughed it up. Par for the course.
-Flyers lost control after that second goal. They worked so hard battling the conditions and found themselves tied and prone to one defensive breakdown costing them the game. And they were given a chance to get it back at the end of the game, and didn't convert.
-Flyers are hopeless against the trap. Doesn't matter if it's indoors, outdoors, underwater, or the moon, the Flyers are going nowhere until they figure something out there. The Rangers are way further ahead of the Flyers than the standings indicate.
Reading this thread, I feel like we just got eliminated from the playoffs.
I thought we were very strong offensively. We just played against the best goalie in the world, playing behind possibly the best defensive system in the league.
Defensively...I think something has to change with our defensive system. I know we're very aggressive, but you look at teams like the Rangers, Devils and Penguins (injuries or no) and they play immaculate defense with non-elite personnel (Penguins' d-group is pretty damn good now, but they still were remarkable last season with all their injuries).
Then you look at the Flyers, and even without Pronger we have a great 1-4 on paper with solid rookies/Lilja at the bottom...but the results aren't there. I know the goalies need to make saves, but every goalie lets in a softy here and there. I'm done placing blame solely on the goaltending. The defense needs to step it up and I think Laviolette needs to alter the system.
edit: as much as I'd love to acquire Suter or Weber or Gleason or Beauchmin...we could get them all and we'd still have issues. We have a leaky defensive system. Plain and simple. Last time we played outstanding defense was when Michael Leighton was in net, because our defense realized they needed to play better in front of a sub-par goaltender.
Eh, he wasn't very good. Can't win battles or control the puck very well, he gets knocked off the puck very easily. Again, drives wide with the puck and does nothing. Gets a point blank chance and can't put it in the net.
There are a few things that I'll let him slide for in the game because of the ice and whatnot, but for a #2 overall he is severely depressing.
I understand the "power-forwards longer to develop" concept or whatever but I'm starting to think the playoffs last year was a bit of a fluke.
I don't mind losing but I do mind losing to the Rangers.
They clearly have a better goalie and I think that was the difference. We played with a lot of energy but not enough to make it work.
But the worst part to me was watching the Rangers race off the ice with their sticks in the air towards the crowd and blowoff the handshake line. The Flyers were all milling around in their end like they were waiting for it but the Rangers left the ice. No class.