During the pregame show I heard Lisa Hillary say "Alex Ovechkin has not scored on Ilya Bryzgalov..."
Come on people, do we not know of the "Jim Jackson Jinx"? Never tempt fate by making such comments.
Once I heard that I crossed my fingers hoping it didn't happen, but that proved futile.
No, I'm not blaming Lisa Hillary either. What I am going to say is this: The early high of the Flyers needed to come down to earth. One thing the skeptics said about this team was it was young i.e inexperienced.
That's a point I cannot totally argue with. However, like a piece of steel needing to be tempered, this team needed to be sizzled and hammered out. They got just that tonight.
People, bear with me now. It's October, not May. Despite five goals allowed, your franchise goalie was solid. At least two of the goals came off his own defensemen's sticks. Another came by the most dangerous guy in hockey, Alex Ovechkin, sitting on their doorstep with nothing but net to look at.
Tomas Vokoun, while only giving up two goals, still looked vulnerable when his defenders were beaten.
Claude Giroux made them pay on a breakaway. Sean Couturier beat two defenders for a rebound and tucked it away.
Yes, I'm still happy with the Bryzgalov signing despite the head to head outcome.
Does the early blow-out loss have you doubting the Flyers?
The Philadelphia Flyers still don't know how to keep their sticks down, an epidemic which has plagued them. A dumb turnover in their own zone led to a goal, cough Scott Hartnell.
They were due for this bad game, unfortunately it came at the hands of the Washington Capitals.
Oh how the "I told you so birds" will chirp in regards to signing Ilya Bryzgalov over Tomas Vokoun. Guess What? This wasn't about goaltenders. Quite frankly, Washington outplayed the Flyers.
Yes, the Flyers kept the pressure up through the second period. Yet the Washington Capitals weathered the storm. They kept the middle clogged, frustrating the Flyers offense.
The Flyers best scoring chance probably came when James van Riemsdyk attempted to bank a backhanded shot off of Vokoun while he went behind the net. It came close. In fact he did it twice.
To sum it up, sloppy play in their own zone, undisciplined penalties and failure to penetrate the Capitals' defensive blockade amounted to this loss.
When a young team like the Flyers is on a roll they need a punch in the mouth like this to wake them up. It's better now than April.
In closing, Thank you, Alex Ovechkin and Washington Capitals for exposing the Philadelphia Flyers a bit. It gives them the film they need over the remaining 70 something games to get it fixed.