That word about sums up the Flyers season. That is the reason why they got the 5th seed when they could have achieved more, and ultimately why they lost this series. They look like Stanley Cup contenders one game, scrubs the next.
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Jeff Carter. 46 goals in the regular season, 1 in the postseason. The successor to John LeClair, I suppose. They say he was playing hurt, but I don't buy that excuse. Almost everyone is hurt in the playoffs at some point. He looked like he wasn't even trying today. Hurt players can at least make an effort. Jason Smith played with 2 separated shoulders last year in the playoffs, and still made an effort.
Martin Biron. This team is going to get nowhere with him in net. Bottom line. Way to inconsistent to be a number 1 goaltender. Looks like Marty Broduer in Game 5, then gives up 2 bad goals today because he can't control rebounds.
Beyond the top pairing, namely Timonen, this team is way too flaky on defense as well. Way too much laziness, way too much blown coverage. They give up the blue line way too easily. I certainly can't blame Biron for everything. He's been left out to dry in the crease a fair few times.
Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. This team has to stop turning pucks over at the defensive blue line and in the neutral zone. I blame everyone for this. Just about every player was guilty of this at some point. Turnovers kill rushes, give the other team the puck, and allow them to go the other way quite easily, and more often then not, leads to a scoring chance. See the 2nd Penguins goal today as a sterling example of this.
Failed clears have done their damage as well. I can't tell you how many times we were caught in our own zone because of an inability to get the puck out. This falls on the D, and at least some of the forwards.
Discipline. Some players on the Flyers do not seem to know this word. Some of the blame is on them, certainly, but some blame has to be placed on the coach. Stevens has to be able to teach some of these guys how to be gritty without taking stupid penalties (see: Scott Hartnell, Mike Knuble). That brings me to my next point.
Stevens. I'm still not sold on this guy. He has shown time and time again that he is an inept coach. Namely, an average AHL coach that had a very talented team to win the Calder Cup. He is not an NHL coach. Never disciplines players, never calls them out when they need to be called out. Has never implemented a system as far as I know. At least, it doesn't look like it. The fact of the matter is, things that should have been ironed out months ago never were addressed and it's killed this team time and time again.
The talent is certainly there in terms of scoring depth, but if at least some of these things aren't corrected, this team is not winning a Stanley Cup. There's nothing else I can say.
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