With a game today, I don’t know how much the Flyers got to relax and catch yesterdays games. In case they didn’t, they missed out on a lot of valuable information. On the off chance that they come across this site, here’s what they need to know:Vancouver won the first 3 games of the series, and were looking to close things out. They had been completely dominant for 180 straight minutes. Last night, they were flat from the opening face-off until the last 4 minutes of the game. They went from total domination, to complete submission. Their defensive zone had been a minefield where Chicago’s attack was blown up at every step. Last night, the path to their net was paved with yellow bricks. On offense, what had been a never-ending barrage of forechecking, puck movement, and quality chances completely vanished. The Sedin’s were completely invisible, and nobody picked up their slack. Check out the joy on Blackhawk Up. Meanwhile, a bit of misery sets in on The Canuck Way.
Lesson: In the playoffs, no matter who you are, or who you play against, if you don’t play your hardest, you will get destroyed. The Canucks figured that they have the series in the bag, and they didn’t bother to play their game last night. The Flyers know damn well that a series isn’t over until time runs out on the 4th victory. And that last win is the hardest one of all, so we need to bring energy to every single game.
Farther west, Los Angeles was coming off a series tying, 4-0 victory. Back in their home building for game 3, they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, and added another goal in the second to extend it. And that, is when shit hit their royal fan. By the end of the2nd period, San Jose had rattled off 5 goals, surrendering 1 more in the process. It was 5-5 to start the 3rd, and that’s how it went into OT. And the magical comeback was complete when Devin Setoguchi scored a bit over 3 minutes into the extra session. Blades of Teal has Sharks coverage, while Rink Royalty is left to pick up the pieces in LA.
Lesson: No lead is too great to hold; no deficit is too great to overcome. Heading into this game, none of the Sharks’ big name players had caused any waves. And when they fell into a deep hole, everyone watching started to expect another playoff failure. And then they woke up, and their leaders began to lead. And the flow of the game went completely their way. For the Flyers to have a successful run, and to obtain ultimate glory, we need our big guns firing, and our role players filling all gaps.
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