Flyers Season Over But Not Forgotten

Published on May 1st, 2014

by Russ Cohen

New York — Somebody had to win and somebody had to lose. The Flyers season began with almost no hope for the playoffs, then after a quick coaching change and some inspired play, they almost advanced in the playoffs. Their 2-1 loss wasn’t something they will hang their heads about. It’s something they can look to build on for next season.

The Flyers are now 9-7 all-time in Game 7s but goaltender, Steve Mason, now has that experience under his belt. He now knows how to win in the playoffs and his Game 7 performance was spectacular stopping 29 of 31 shots and he was 2 of 2 shorthanded.

Flyers fans probably felt a twinge when, Dan Carcillo got the Rangers on the board at the 3:06 mark of the second period following a scoreless first.

Later Benoit Pouilot scored at 11:46 to make it a 2-0 game but that didn’t slow the Flyers down.

They started off the third period determined to get back in the game and they did when rookie, Jason Akeson, ripped one high in the back of the net to close the gap. After that the Rangers were hanging on behind another terrific Game 7 performance by Henrik Lundqvist, who is 4-1, with a 1.00 GAA and a .963 save percentage all-time in Game 7s. He also has one shutout but the Flyers made sure he didn’t get two.

“Coming home last night I was so disappointed,” said Lundqvist, after getting pulled in Game 6. “It’s a relief and a proud feeling too. It’s about finding ways to win hockey games.”

Pre-game Flyers coach Craig Berube had this to say, “Thinking about the series before it started, I thought it would be a long one. I thought the teams were fairly equal. We split during the regular season home-and-home, so I thought it was going to be a long series.”

Berube made adjustments and they almost paid off. Now he heads into the offseason and soon the draft, which takes place locally. Drafts can build championship teams and one high pick, Scott Laughton, was in attendance for these games. Next year he might be factor. That’s the beauty of the game.

The Rangers will play the Pittsburgh Penguins and many Flyers fans seem eager to root for the Rangers and against their in-state rivals. The Flyers season is over but the Stanley Cup playoffs roll on through June.

Source:  Andrew King

Source: Andrew King

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