Friday, March 21, 2008

Flyers Blow Lead, Win Shootout

It's been really hard to be a Flyers fan this season. Their play has been so inconsistent that you can never get too up or too down. Just when you think they have turned a corner, they will fall right back down again. No lead is safe, and no game is ever over until the final buzzer sounds.

Today's game against their division rival, the New York Rangers, was no exception. It looked like the Flyers were going to find a way to blow another game they should have won. In fact, the Flyers looked like they had the game won not once, but twice.

Most teams are pretty secure with a 2-0 lead midway through the third period, but not the Flyers. The Rangers scored 2 goals in the span of two minutes to tie the game up. Then, Danny Briere scored a goal, his second of the game, with under 4 minutes to play, which should have sealed victory for the team. But, this is the Flyers, so they allowed Jaromir Jagr to tie the game a few minutes later and force overtime. Luckily, after a scoreless overtime, the Flyers managed to win just their second shootout of the year to secure the two points they should have earned much earlier. Shootouts are always exciting, and it was great they were able to pull it out, but it should never have came down to that.

Here is footage of the shootout:

The win moves the Flyers past the idle Boston Bruins for the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. Allowing the Rangers to get a point in the game means the Flyers only inched towards the 6th seed. Their next game is Sunday, when they welcome in the New York Islanders.

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