It wasn’t long ago that the Philadelphia Flyers, fresh off of firing head coach Peter Laviolette, were starting to turn their season around. After stumbling out of the gate, captain Claude Giroux‘s statement that he believed his team could make the playoffs wasn’t looking as insane as it initially sounded.
And then this week happened.
The Flyers came into today’s contest with the Boston Bruins saddled with a three game losing streak. They were fresh off a pretty one-sided loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but were back on home ice and hoping that would amount to a recovery.
It did not. The Bruins tore the Flyers apart, winning to the tune of 6-1. Two Bruins, Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla, had a pair of goals apiece. Pucks went in off skate deflections, pucks dribbled in, power plays went unkilled. Goalie Steve Mason gave up four goals on 19 shots, and was yanked for Ray Emery. It was bad all around for Philadelphia.
For Giroux, there weren’t many words necessary to describe how he felt about the game.
“It has to be the most embarrassing game I’ve been involved with.”
He wasn’t the only one who tossed out the criticism. Interim coach Craig Berube claimed he felt his team was “fragile.”
As rough as the game, along with this current skid, has been, the Flyers are still in the thick of the playoff race. They’re tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference, but would miss the playoffs if the postseason started today. At the same time, if this slump continues, Philadelphia will do nothing but tumble.
Tough as it may be to do, the Flyers have to lick their wounds and move on from this loss. Otherwise, the early season struggles might pop back up again.