Rosy retrospection – A kind of memory bias, rosy retrospection refers to the finding that subjects later rate past events more positively than they had actually rated them when the event occurred.
The Flyers beat Chicago 4-1 on Sunday, after a lackluster 2-1 loss to the Devils the day before. Everyone is happy that we rebounded and played a lot better. But does that make everything ok? For the most part, yes. Still, that Saturday afternoon effort was pretty pathetic.
That game was just a snorefest. Anyone expecting the Devils to play dead hasn’t been paying attention lately. Ever since we swept the home and home with them a few weeks ago, they’ve been playing a lot better. They looked nothing like the team we dominated those two games. They almost looked like the Devils of old. But there’s no reason to allow this to happen. And yes, the key word is allow. The Devils are hustling more, cycling better, and actually working as a team. Still, we are far superior to them and no matter how hard they try, if we simply match that effort our pedigree will get us the win. Instead, the Flyers made themselves easy to defend for the first two periods. Only in the third did they finally wake up. They couldn’t crack Johan Hedberg, and suffered the loss.
They’ll never admit it, but it’s obvious they took NJ lightly. Maybe they really were looking ahead to the next day. Whatever, it’s a rare lapse against a weaker team. Shit happens. move on.
Finally, Sunday arrived, and with it, NBC’s first Game of the Week. Of course the media has to drum up the Stanley Cup Finals rematch. That’s nice and all, but the winner of this game doesn’t get a trophy.
Still, this was a benchmark game. No, Chicago isn’t having the same season they did last year. They’re not as dominant and they’ve lost a few key pieces. Then again, teams are gunning for them a lot more. They are the top dogs, and they’re facing teams’ best efforts every night. They still have all their top guys, and that’s still makes them a tough team to play. So if the Flyers were looking forward to this game, they definitely showed up.
The game was back and forth, and I finally learned something about these teams that I hadn’t realized before. During the finals, I was pissed at the Flyers defense, especially after the wide open game one. It’s pretty damn obvious that each side is loaded loaded on offensive talent, that they can’t really defend each other in a close game. Through the first two periods, each side had chance after chance. Both goalies made flashy saves, and when they seemed down and out, their defensemen helped clear the porch.
Things finally changed when the Flyers took the lead. At that point, Chicago had to press forward even harder, exposing them to the counter rush. And the Flyers capitalized on the extra open spaces. By the time Hossa broke the shutout, we had a 3-0 lead and the game was pretty much over.
And so looking back, things seem fine. We got a nice win against a good team in tough building. Tomorrow we play the midgets Canadiens before taking some time off for the All Star break.
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