Philadelphia Flyers: What We Learned From the Loss to the Washington Capitals

Dominic PerilliContributor IIIMarch 24, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 12:  Braydon Coburn #5 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Atlanta Thrashers on March 12, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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From now until the end of the regular season you are going to effortlessly witness sports writers across the country—but particularly in Philly—doubting the Flyers as they get ready to make a Stanley Cup run.

You’re going to hear everything from “Bob and Boosh can’t stand on their heads in big games” to “Flyers can’t score like they did in the past.”

I’m here to tell you that that’s all a bunch of BS.

It was evident during the game against the Capitals that the Flyers can score. They pulled off a Boston-esque comeback and almost won the game (that, of course, was until Brian Boucher  let in an absolutely crappy goal with about five minutes left).

Sergei Bobrovsky had very low confidence from the start of the game on Tuesday. As soon as that first goal went in, he was toast. He barely saved anything after that, and before we knew it, he was plucked from the metal-wrapped twine.

My solution? Throw him right back into the fire. See how Bob bounces back from adversity, because right now, he’s at his lowest point. Things can only go up from there, right? Right?

Coburn was the best defensive player on the ice Tuesday. He looked like an absolute star out there. He was fast, instinctive and fundamentally sound. There is no doubt in my mind that Coburn could be a top defenseman; the only thing holding him back is himself. If he can put the effort out there each and every game to play like he did Tuesday, he’ll be on the shortlist of many teams for years to come.

Lavvy said that despite the loss, the Flyers played a great game. Some folks highly disagree with that, but I agree 100 percent. They did play a great game and rallied to come within minutes of winning. The effort put out in the second and third periods was outstanding.

The thing that worries me is that, while the Flyers are collecting two points here and one point there, the Vancouver Canucks are taking three each night. They’re solid going into the playoffs.

As of right now, the only hole for the Flyers is goaltending (go figure). Roberto Luongo is manning the pipes up north, so unless Bob or Boosh channels their inner-Bernard Marcel Parent, the Fly Guys are in trouble come playoff time.

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