PHILADELPHIA - MAY 24: The Philadelphia Flyers and their fans celebrate after a goal in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 24, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
There's a lot of doom and gloom around our Philadelphia Flyers lately. OH MY GOD THEY LOST TWO STRAIGHT THERE GOES THE STANLEY CUP. It's understandable, I guess. The team has been fantastic all year long and we're just now going through a rough patch for the first time all year. We're not conditioned for this right now.
But that's exactly the point. It's the first rough patch in a very, very long season. It's late February-early March and the season is winding down, but it's not quite the stretch run yet. This stuff happens.
It doesn't mean the Flyers aren't awesome, though, and it doesn't mean they won't roll through the playoffs on their way to our first Stanley Cup in 36 years. Here are a few quick reminders of how awesome we are.
1. FIRST PLACE. STILL.
(Apparently the boys at FGSB had a Photoshop similar to this a few months back -- can see it in the comments. They complained, so this is us giving credit to them for coming up with us first.)
Look at this. The Flyers are going through some minor struggles, Boston's won seven straight, and the Flyers are STILL IN FIRST PLACE. By three points, too. With a game in hand.
They're the only team in the East with 40 wins on the year and they're the one of only three teams in the NHL with 40 wins. They also have scored more goals than any team in the East.
2. FIVE 20 GOAL SCORERS
Click to enlarge if you must. The Flyers have three guys with 20 goals and will have five, maybe six or seven, by the end of the year. Book it. Also, four guys have 50 points and Ville Leino is on his way there. That's just insane.
3. SAME TEAM AS LAST YEAR
Remember that team that did this....
... and this...
... and this...
... and this?
Yeah, for all intents and purposes... same freakin' team. They kick ass. And they're better than last year by just about every metric you could think of, from quality of playoff beards to goal scoring to goaltending to quality of road jerseys.
4. WE'VE BOOKED THE DJ/MC/WHATEVER
If this team really can do the incredible, which the first three reasons prove they can, we already have the entertainment booked for parade day.
Relax. The Flyers kick ass in more ways than you know. Everything will be alright.