The Philadelphia Flyers have played themselves out of the position to say “we lost, but...” with their struggles in the month of March.
Philly was 11-4-3 at the end of February, seemingly righting themselves after a little down stretch against the Boston Bruins and a Covid interruption, and finishing the month with three consecutive victories.
Now, however, the boys in orange and black find themselves at 15-11-4, sitting out of playoff position in the East Division, only two points ahead of the sixth-slotted New York Rangers, after Monday night’s 2-1 loss to the division-leading New York Islanders.
Outshot the opponent heavily? Looked visibly more engaged and far less sloppy overall? Yeah, who cares? Too bad, you lost. Again. Being on the worng side of the result is becoming an all too familiar trend for this team with sky-high preseason expectations, and it doesn’t look like this group has any answers.
For more of this unfettered optimism, listen to the postgame.