No effort. Sometimes you have to wonder why we even bother.
With Boston and Atlanta losing tonight and Montreal idle, the Philadelphia Flyers had a gigantic chance to put some separation between themselves and the rest of the bubble teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Instead, they laid an egg.
They allowed the New York Islanders, who have nothing to play for but... well, nothing, and who hadn't beaten Philadelphia in 15 straight games, to completely walk all over them. It doesn't matter that the other teams in the playoff race lost tonight, because the Flyers were just absolutely horrible. It doesn't matter that the Flyers actually somehow made the score respectable tonight.
Jeremy Duchesne, who was playing in the ECHL a few weeks ago and allowed a goal from center ice in the Phantoms loss a night ago, entered the game in relief of Brian Boucher during the third period. The question all the media types seem to be asking tonight is whether or not Duchesne (whose name, by the way, I cannot spell right on a consistent basis for the life of me) will get the start tomorrow night in what is quite possibly the biggest game of the year.
Is that even a question? Boucher looked terrible tonight, but seriously? Jeremy Duchesne? I'm sure he's a nice guy and everything, but he's an ECHL-caliber goaltender and is in the NHL by sheer luck. Peter Laviolette said post game that he hadn't made a decision yet, but I shudder thinking about Duchesne getting a start against Montreal.
After the jump, questions with answers and the comment of the night.
Questions with Answers
- The Flyers went three whole days without playing and still held their place. Back in action, are they in 6th at the end of the night? Unbelievably, yes. Atlanta lost and Boston lost. Completely unbelievable.
- Can John Tavares go a game without scoring against the Flyers? Six goals, none from 91.
- Biron has been a sieve against us all year. Does that continue tonight? Biron was pretty damn solid tonight, and he stoned the Flyers on several occasions. Despite the Flyers lack of effort, the game may have gone another way if Biron didn't come up big on several occasions.
- 16th straight? Not even close.
Comment of the Night
To quote the MSG announcer, "Does anybody want this playoff spot?"