Flyers Trying To Make This a Short Series-in the Wrong Direction

Jim McNultyCorrespondent IApril 15, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 11: Martin Biron #43 of the Philadelphia Flyers pauses during his game against the New York Islanders on April 11, 2009 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

That was painful to watch.

The Pittsburgh Penguins spanked the Flyers 4-1 in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight.

It wasn't even that close.

The Flyers didn't just get beat on the scoreboard.  Oh no, they got beat in every aspect of the game.

Speed.

Toughness

Face-offs.

Goaltending.

Coaching.

Effort.

Momentum.

There was one brief flurry toward the end of the second period where the Flyers seemed to think they might want to... I don't know, play?  But that proved to be no more than an aberration, as the intermission killed whatever groundswell that might have been percolating.

Now it has been said many times that a playoff series doesn't truly begin until the home team loses.  In fact, the Fly Guys have now lost the first game in their last five playoff series.  Last year they managed to get as far as the Eastern Conference Finals before getting steamrolled by Pittsburgh.

Apparently the Penguins still have the steamroller, the Flyers played like ass-phault.