I think that Flyers’ Head Coach Peter Laviolette has been in Philly for too long. But I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing. Unless the head coach gets kicked out of the game, which happened today in Pittsburgh. And the Flyers still were able to come out on top against their PA rivals. So if this afternoon’s game was any indication of what the playoffs are going to be like, count me in.
The Pens are on top right now, as they hang above the Flyers in the standings as the 4th seed, where the Flyers only trail by one point as the 5th. Which means that most likely the two teams are going to battle it out in the first rounds of the playoffs beginning on April 11th. This usually would make me nervous, since Pen/Flyers games always set me on edge. I actually have a good friend who likes Pitt, so it’s always really hard to watch games with him and try to be civilized. I hate to be the jerky Flyer fan that he always accuses all of us of being. But shut up, it’s not the Stanley Cup yet.
Anyway, today’s game was probably the most ridiculous thing I ever seen. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a coach ejected from a game or three fights at once. Not that I can remember. This is what happened towards the end of the game, when the flyers were leading 6-3. The fight occurred after Briere got decked but the puck was in play so it was “clean check.” Which is ironic that the hit came from the Penguins considering what happened to their captain, but I digress.
After this, the Flyers weren’t too happy and neither was their coach who was standing on the bench divider yelling at the Pens assistant coach. So correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems like in the after math there was a total of 15 penalties handed out. No, that is not a typo, but I could be off by a few. And seven of those total penalties (Pen & PHI) were unsportsman like misconducts.
So I don’t really blame Bob for letting the Pens get in that last goal. It was a bad goal to let go, but at least the Flyers were leading, so in the end it didn’t really matter. Bob actually seemed to be playing better this time, which means that the Flyers are really amping up for playoff season.
If a regular season game ends like this one did, I can only imagine how ridiculous the playoffs are going to be. Who else is counting down the days?