Yes the Flyers were down 6-0 to the Devils in the 2nd period at home on Saturday. New Jersey severely outplayed Philadelphia in the first period, at one point the Devils led in the shot total 10-1. Still Sergei Bobrovsky stood tall and it appeared that the Flyers would escape only down 1-0, but the Devils finally capitalized in the final minute.
A red hot Ilya Kovalchuk broke away on a 2-on-1 short handed opportunity and snapped the puck past the blocker of Bobs. Dainius Zubrus got in on the scoring party with just .3 seconds left in the 1st and suddenly what was just a 1-0 game had turned into a 3-0 blowout.
The second period would prove to be no better for the Flyers as Zach Parise, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Kurtis Foster scored to push the lead to 6. At one point the Devils scored four goals in five shots. The sad part of this is that Bobrovsky actually played pretty well and still gave up six. At one point I expected Holmgren to announce that he had kidnapped Ryan Suter and traded Nashville undisclosed picks in this year’s draft (aka a big bag of money).
Give Philadelphia credit for the dominance that was on display in the third period. The shot total was a ridiculous 24-1 in favor of the Flyers. It’s very hard to play with a lead in the NHL, especially a big one because the foot just lets off of the gas, but seriously where was that sense of urgency when the second period began?
There was finally energy, life, and there was only about 40% of the crowd left after Vorackek scored the fourth goal of the period . Crowds will not respond positively to lethargic play, that much is obvious, but the fans can’t rely on the team to get them going, because lately it has been impossible for that to happen.
If the fans propel the team on with positive energy maybe it will be enough to finally make the Wells Fargo Center a dangerous place to pla.
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