November 5, 2011
Now we fast forward to the present. Prior to the game, Mary from Fire That Cannon emailed me, asking my thoughts on the game. Given how we’d lost the previous game against New Jersey, I told her that the Flyers would destroy the Blue Jackets, barring a ton of turnovers and sloppy play. It wasn’t so much that I think we’re that great of a team just yet. It’s that I have little respect for Columbus right now, and we’ve shown that we can score a lot. I didn’t imagine it would be as crazy as 9-2. It’s impossible to tell exactly what this win will mean in the long run. We won’t have a clue until we look back after the season has ended.
But looking at it in the short term, this game gives us a lot of hope. We completely destroyed an inferior opponent. We didn’t make mistakes. For the most part, we kept the foot on the gas. We didn’t give them breathing room until it was way, way too late. These are all signs of this team developing a killer attitude. Even as horrible as the 9-8 loss to Winnipeg was, that game also featured a comeback from a 6-2 deficit. In addition to talent and gameplanning and all of the technical stuff, a team needs to want to win. They can’t take things for granted. They have to work hard. At the pro level, the difference between the worst and the best teams is not that much. For at least this one night, the Flyers took another step in proving that when they are on their game, they are a team to be reckoned with.
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