It was fun while it lasted, but now we should be going.
Following a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals, the Flyers now sit five points behind Montreal and Columbus (Blue Jackets currently occupying second wild card spot), seven points behind Carolina for the first wildcard seed, and eleven points behind Pittsburgh for third in the Metro, with only 12 games left to play.
I hope everybody had a real, real good time.
Because Carter Hart sure didn’t. In the 20-year-old’s first action since February 21, Hart was a little rusty, allowing four goals on 31 shots, and giving up a little more positionally than we were accustomed to seeing prior to the rookie sensation’s injury.
But if there’s any Flyer who isn’t ready to die just yet, it’s Scott Laughton. Scotty scored a goal, his fourth in five games, to extend his point streak to six games. He also dished out a couple of hits and won seven of 10 faceoffs. While much of the late season focus has been on Travis Sanheim, Nolan Patrick, Philippe Myers, Travis Konecny and Oskar Lindblom, the 20th overall pick from 2012 has been steadily carving out a role for himself all season.
For more reaction and analysis, listen to the postgame.