Wow, I leave for a week and things totally fall apart. Down 3-0, and then finally pull out an OT win? I picked the Flyers to win, but of course I thought Boston had a good chance to win the series as well. I didn’t expect such domination however. I saw a few highlights, and heard a few recaps from my friends about the games that I missed. Different people, different stories, but one theme emerge: Boston is not dominating, and the Flyers can still win.
It seems every time a team falls into a 3-0 hole, talk turns to how hard it has been historically to come back and win. Well, duh, it’s hard. Most of the time, the reason a team is up is because they are that much better. This, however, does not seem to be the case. Right now, all I hear is the common cliche: steal one on the road, home ice advantage to force a game 7, and anything can happen once we get there. That’s nice and all, but fans in this situation say the exact same thing every time, in every city, no matter what. Well, we’re fans, what are we supposed to think? But let’s see, can we really do this? Yes. Game 4 was a huuuuge starting point.
Players say it a lot, but it really is about one game at a time. So tonight, we have Game 5. Just looking at the stats, I see that the offense looks fine. Rask is beatable, and different guys are contributing. Gagne, like Savard, returned from injury to score a game winning OT goal. The comparison stops there, because Gags missed far less time. If he’s relatively pain-free, then he’s a bigger gain that Savard is. So if that’s the case, we’re back to the same problems that we faced throughout the regular season: defense and consistent goaltending. I keep hearing that Boston scored a lot of fluky and lucky goals. If that’s the case, you can still cut those down. More pressure on defense, keep players to the outside, and they won’t have room to score those kinds of goals. Boucher needs to step his game up a bit, as well. The few highlights I’ve seen show him giving up a few softies, due to his being a bit out of position and a bit out of focus. I don’t know why, and I don’t care why he’s played like that. But those games are over and done with.
There’s no more room for excuses. Play hard, play smart, and they can get this game tonight. The Flyers must come out firing tonight, dominate and get a lead in the first ten minutes. Shut up the Bah-stun crowd, slap Chara around a bit, and get this one back to Philly.
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