One of the dumbest things in a best-of-seven series has got to be the “first game winner, wins the series” thought. Seriously, if that’s the case, then what’s the point of the playing the other games? The first win is a lead in the series — nothing more. That’s especially the case in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The unprecedented and unpredictable events that we have seen over the past few seasons prove fact to that. With all that being said, Philadelphia Flyers fans need to breathe and remember that Sunday is a new game.
Most people would probably agree when I say that the Flyers had the game won — until the third period. Philadelphia did everything they needed to do in the first two periods of play and committed every wrong act they needed not to do once the 41st minute started. But that’s beside the point. The point is, they have plenty of time from now until Sunday to fix the mistakes they made against the New York Rangers in Game 1.
I know this is a tired example, but I still think it leaves people’s minds too easily. Did you all forget about the 2010 Flyers team that came back from an 0-3 deficit to beat the Boston Bruins in a Game 7? This “doom” factor because of one loss, a loss in which they beat themselves by the way, needs to stop.
I’m smart enough to realize that if Philly doesn’t pick up a win on Sunday it’s going to be a tough task fighting back to win the series. Even then, though, it’s still not over.
Last night wasn’t the “must win” game of the series. To me, that game is Sunday. If the Rangers win, they have a “foot on their throats” mindset with two more possible games left to play at MSG. If the Flyers win, the momentum completely shifts the other way.