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.
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.
Biron will be back. It is what it is. They need a crease clearing gritty defensman.
well said, nord
I saw the title of your blog and assumed it was going to be about the Flames! Inconsistent = infuriating!
Re-Sign Marty and do as MBFlerfam says.....GRITTY DEFENSEMAN. The nucleous for a cup contendor is in place!
If we resign Marty I will freaking snap.
I think the Flyers need to seriously start worrying about how Carter and Richards disappear in the playoffs overy year. YOur best players need to be your best players. Sid and Geno make a mockery out of your top two players.Not to mention Tyler Kennedy. He outplayed EVERY SINGLE WINGER on the Flyers. People make a huge deal over Hartnell??? pppfpffftttttt..Id take Tyler Kennedy every day over him and twice on Sunday.nah nah nah nahnah nah nah nahhey hey hey.....good bye
now Im reading that the Flyers lost because Richards and Carter were hurt....who saw that coming??
TNL - why do you care so much what the Flyers do? I hear you are a Sabres Fan so how are they doing in the Playoffs??
We won 2 less playoff games than you did...of and 3 less regular season games....so over 90 games you won 5 more games...CLEARLY youre that dominant team..ahahahaa.Lets go golfing clap clap, clap clap clap[
You forgot to answer my first question. Why do you even care and write so much on the Flyers blogs? And I never said dominant team but you must think that if you are saying it. Also I would much rather make the playoffs than be golfing that monday after the season ends.
Because I love showing all you fans that think the Flyers are anything better than the Leafs, Sabres, Islanders, or Rangers franchises. Youre like Yankee fans...only with out all the titles. For whatever reason you all think hockey centers around Philly...when in fact....you suck every year