The Philadelphia Flyers Season is Over as They Lose Game Five 3-1; Series 4-1

By Johnny Machurek

Just as every year since 1975 the Philadelphia Flyers will not hold Lord Stanley’s Cup, as they lost the game and series last night against the New Jersey Devils.

The Flyers were without star Claude Giroux last night who was serving a one-game suspension.  With how the game went last night, he could have made an impact.

Philadelphia took the lead and sealed their fate when Max Talbot banged home a puck 7:18 in the first period.  The lead would not last long as Bryce Salvador scored just over two-minutes later.

Just under three-minutes later the Devils scored a goal that would be hard for Flyers fans to swallow.  Ilya Bryzgalov attempted to clear a puck, but instead of clearing the puck he played it off David Clarkson and the puck deflected back into the net.  This would end up being the game-winning goal for the Devils.

New Jersey would get another from Ilya Kovalchuk and would go on to win the game 3-1 and the series 4-1.

This is a series many thought the Flyers would would win (myself included) and it seems like the players thought that as well.  “I think we were thinking we were going to walk over to New Jersey and they’ll fall a little bit,” Giroux said. “I guess we’ve got to learn from it. They are a good hockey team. They are well balanced and they played a pretty good series.”

Bryz made some nice saves to keep the team in games in this series, but most the goals he let in were soft.  He seemed to have to fight off pucks or had bad positioning.  Bryzgalov isn’t the only reason the Flyers lost this series, the defense was terrible as well.  They allowed players to walk right in and shoot and did not block many shots.

It will be another long offseason in Philadelphia, as the organization wonders what it will have to do to get over that hump.

Stay tuned all summer as we will follow the Flyers offseason moves and rumors.

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