The Flyers came home from Buffalo with a 2 games to none series lead and looked to take a 3-0 lead for the second straight series. They would do just that. The Flyers made it look easy and dominated Buffalo from start to finish in game 3. Eric Lindros led the way by picking up his first goal of the series and Paul Coffey showed he still had at least a little bit left in the tank by racking up 3 first period assists. The Flyers would make a 3-1 first period lead stand up and add an empty net goal late in the 3rd to win 4-1.
With the Flyers looking like they’re going to turn this shortened NHL season into an even shorter season I’ve decided to take a detailed look at what kind of roster decisions the Flyers might be looking at for the next 2 seasons. While this season is looking like it will end with no postseason play I don’t think the Flyers are in as bad of shape as many people are thinking. If you spend 5 minutes today scanning the internet for comments
from Flyers fans you’ll end up seeing that every players head has been called for as well as both the coach and GM. While I do believe the Flyers need drastic changes in certain areas I also think a large chunk of the current problem is a relatively young forward core. I think the future here is bright and right now there is just too much responsibility placed on young kids that just aren’t ready for it. In this post I’m not going to go into detail about the coach and GM. I won’t lose any sleep if either are fired, but I think at the moment I’d like to see one more off season from Holmgren to see what his plan is. He has one, right?
I’ll start my plan by detailing where the Flyers stand at the moment in relation to the salary cap dropping to $64.3 million next season. Continue reading
Game 1 of the 1997 Eastern Conference Semifinals had just about everything. A goalie fight and a Flyers comeback that was capped off with a late third period goal. It was going to be tough for game 2 to match the excitement level of the series opener. On the very first shift of the game it appeared it would do just that though. Eric Lindros got into a scrum with Sabres players both on and off the ice to begin what looked like would be another wild night in Buffalo.
However nothing came of it. And instead of playing the comeback game again the Flyers took a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Renberg and Therien and held on to win 2-1 to take a 2 games to none series lead coming back to Philadelphia.
After ending the career(temporarily) of Penguins superstar Mario Lemieux the Flyers were about to face off against the Sabres who were missing their superstar Dominik Hasek. The series started off with a rather uneventful 1st period, but the two teams changed that in a big way during the 2nd period. Continue reading
After falling behind in the series 3 games to none the Pittsburgh Penguins were finally able to win a game to extend the series to a 5th game back in Philadelphia. Mario Lemieux capped the Penguins game 4 win with a dramatic breakaway goal to seal the game late in the 3rd period. It would be the last time Mario would play a playoff game in Pittsburgh. Continue reading