Flyer-Pens: Terrible Ending Leads to a Silent Vacation for Philadelphia

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IApril 26, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 25: Mike Richards #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers congratulates Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins after Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center on April 25, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Im not going to sit here and write my normal article about either it was a win or a loss, and who said what, or whats up next. Everyone knows by what happened this afternoon at the loudest building in hockey in the Wachovia center.

The Flyers played a 20-out of-60 minute playoff hockey game and suffered their season ending loss to the much less talented Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3.

In front of a packed and raucous 20,072 screaming orange crushers, the Flyers stopped playing the hockey we seen in game three, four, and five. They took their foot off the gas pedal when they went up 3-0.

The Pens smelled the blood and then attacked. Their stars did what their paid to do. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin took the second and third period over themselves. Crosby let all the air out of the building when he sunk the empty net goal with seconds remaining.

The only criticism i'll add here is this: I don't care that Jeff Carter scored 46 goals in the regular season, he was one of the worst players on the ice for the duration of this series. He couldn't pass, shoot, hit someone, play defense, or actually hold the puck on his stick.

To me, his season was a waste, if you're big time 17, step up and prove it like stars do. Go to the other side and ask Sidney Crosby what its like to carry a team on his back when it counts.

Two guys showed up for the Flyers this series; captain Mike Richards and rookie Claude Giroux, the bus stops there. Today, Richards was literally everywhere, he made a play everytime he had the puck.

I'm getting to the point to where I think there are points in a game where Richards doesn't always trust who's around him if he feeds them the puck.

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By the middle of the third period Giroux looked gassed. Which is understandable because of the load he was carrying being a rookie in his first playoff appearance. But, all in all a great season for this up and coming superstar. Expect big things from the kid next season.

“Obviously disappointed,” Mike Richards said. “We knew they had a lot of offensive weapons. We sat back and tried to protect the lead too much.”

“You have to give them a lot of credit,” Richards said. “Their big guys stepped up.”

As Flyers fans, we have to agree with Richie, he admitted what happened. They let up and the guys on the Pens who usually step up, sure did.

"We did a lot of good things, but the fact of the matter is we still lost and we're out," Richards added.

The game looked so promising with goals late in the first by Mike Knuble and Joffrey Lupul, then Danny Briere in the second. After that, five unanswered goals by the Pens, and they are off to the second round in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Well, the season is over, and as I stated in the headline I will be going away for awhile. With this long season of traveling and being with the team, im a little tired and I still have school and work to go through. I will be around the MLB section periodically writing some. But I wont be on the hockey prowl until the NHL draft.

I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who read everyone of my article and wrote nice things on comments and emails. I wouldnt be doing this if people didnt like or appreciate how hard I work to bring you guys and gals the real scoop on things. '

Thanks to Alan and Ken who gave me the chance to be the Co-CL of the Flyers, I hope I did my job. If anyone still needs anything at all, do not ever hesitate to contact me.

Thanks again, and please wear your orange and black all summer long!

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