It’s now become official. The Philadelphia Flyers will go two seasons in a row without playoff Hockey as their Stanley Cup dreams are dashed again on the 40th anniversary since the teams’ 1975 triumph.
It seemed like the team had just lost all resilience following the crushing defeats Boston and New Jersey when they lost both games after climbing to within just four points of the Bruins. The heart, passion and fire seemed to be replaced with sloppiness, tension, off ice arguments and a lack of chemistry. Some players voicing their frustration on the rest of their team whilst others faced the blame head on.
It was Boston who kicked the Flyers into the coffin and it was Boston who put the nail in the coffin following a 2-1 overtime victory over Carolina.
Had the Flyers won in Boston and closed out those fateful 15 seconds, who knows what would have happened in the following games?
All the we can do is look forward to a much needed off-season reshape and a potential wonderkid in the NHL Draft.