ECSF Game 3: Out of gas, the Flyers are pushed to the edge

BOSTON, MA - MAY 04: Nikolay Zherdev #93, Kris Versteeg #10 and Jeff Carter #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers look on late in the third period against the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 4 , 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 3 -- Boston leads series, 3-0
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Well, we need another miracle.

Tonight's loss was ugly in just about every way, perhaps even uglier than the 7-3 loss in Game 1 against the Boston Bruins. You're likely going to read a lot about the Flyers effort and the inability to show up in such a huge game, but you're not going to get that here. 

They got off to a poor start and looked like they just weren't ready to play at 7:07 p.m at TD Garden tonight. But that's really so atypical of this Flyers team, isn't it? It's frustrating when we're so pumped up for the game, it starts, and it seems like the players themselves just don't care at all. 

I don't see a team that doesn't care. I see a team that's just worn out. Physically, mentally, whatever. They've thrown so much at the wall in the last year or so -- the second half of the 2009-10 season, the comeback in last year's Eastern Conference Semifinals against Boston, the run to the Cup, the entire 2010-11 season, two in-game comebacks against Buffalo in the first round, 54 shots on Tim Thomas in Game 2.

They just have nothing left in the tank. Some players still have some jump. James van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux, Nikolay Zherdev all come to mind. But for the most part, the guys are spent. Saying that they don't care would be an insult to everything they've done since December of 2009. They just don't have anything left to give. 

No more thoughts tonight. Just questions with answers and the comment of the night, after the jump.

Questions with Answers

  1. Tim Thomas. Can he be defeated? Not really. 
  2. No power play goals for Boston still? It took a 5-on-3 in the final minute of the game. 
  3. How's Carter look? He didn't look bad. Not full speed, clearly, but he got a regular shift. 
  4. How do the matchups change now that we're in Boston, and does that help the Bruins? I don't know, nor do I really care right now.

Comment of the Night

hell im a girl and i want to see more katy perry boobs. much better than this game for sure.

>> tabby187

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