The Flyers lost another tough one to the Rangers this past Saturday afternoon; however, even though it was painful this fan is not going to trash this team via or 'call' for anyone's job...state who needs to be traded, etc.
Part of being a fan of any sports team, professional or otherwise, is to remain faithful and loyal in your support...win or lose. I have been a 'Bullies' fan since 1974 and even if this season is not what was hoped for, I will always watch and support the Flyers. None of us out here are on any team's payroll, so what other options do we really have...think about it.
Maybe vent and voice once, let it go, either strap in for the long haul and prepare for another round on the ice or simply stop watching.
That being said...let's get into a recap of the rough Saturday matinee and look forward (no matter how difficult) to the next upcoming game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Ryan Callahan scored three goals and the Rangers beatPhiladelphia5-2 on Saturday for their seventh straight win over the Flyers. (Including the Winter Classic).
Marian Gaborik and Artem Anisimov also had goals for the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers, who broke out of their power-play funk and improved to 5-0 against the Flyers this season - including a win in the Winter Classic.
Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds had Philadelphia's goals.
Henrik Lundqvist had 31 saves in another outstanding effort against a team that can't seem to beat him. The Flyers' top line of Giroux, Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell has combined for two goals against Lundqvist this season.
"You need some luck. They are a good team," Lundqvist said. Obviously he held more luck than Bobrovsky did in this match and even Lundqvist recognizes the Flyers as a team to beat.
Philadelphia's Tom Sestito, who got in three fights in last Sunday's loss, drew a double minor and a misconduct penalty for a ‘dance’ with Stu Bickel in the first period. Your usual programming with the Rangers as our opponents and to be expected within the realms of the Flyers frustrations as of late.
Yes, the defense was not at the level needed with a team of the Rangers strength right now and Bob was left alone to man his net yet again in certain instances...learn from it and move onto the upcoming match with the Red Wings.
The next game upcoming for the Flyers is another tough battle throughout their franchise history as they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings this Sunday evening, Feb. 12 @Detroit 7:30PM NBC/VS.
Hey, NBC will actually broadcast this game...the second I believe since they took over Versus, so fans take advantage of this if you are not a cable subscriber to the viewing channel provided or are forced to wrestle the horrible online links...like this fan is.
The Detroit Red Wings' chance to match the NHL's longest home win streak of all-time will come against a team that could have some extra motivation besides just ending its recent struggles.
With another victory Sunday, the Red Wings would join the 1975-76 Flyers and 1929-30 Boston Bruins as winners of 20 in a row at home. The Flyers will fight to not allow this milestone to come to the Wings.
"We have to be better, and we all know that," forward Claude Giroux said. "If you want to win the Cup, you have to find a way to beat those kinds of teams. The Red Wings are pretty good too, so (Sunday) we'll have to make sure that we battle better."
Reports have Sergei Bobrovsky in net for the Flyers Sunday (not confirmed), and with Bryz still battling the Flu, this is the logical choice. I do not feel it is a deciding factor in whether the Flyers will win this game or not. The recent woes of the Philly squad are not the 'fault' of Bob or any one player. Bobrovsky, who has allowed 14 goals over his last three games, has never faced Detroit. He could actually be fresh and pumped for this introduction to Detroit hockey.
Joey MacDonald is confirmed asDetroit's starter in net this evening. MacDonald has a [0-4-1] record with a 3.56 GAA and .877 SV%.
All the Flyers and fans can do is simply prepare for this game. The team will take it to the ice and no matter how painful it may be...the 'Flyers Faithful' can choose whether to tune in or not.
Regardless of a win or loss for the Flyers tonight, you really cannot ask for a better game than these two teams rich in history and rivalry. Good hockey to all and GO FLYERS!!!!
In closing let’s keep all fruit and raw seafood off the ice tonight people!!! Leave it to the hats and keep it classy.