So, as it turns out, the worst franchise in the history of professional sports figured out a way to not collapse and choke away a 3-0 series lead.
After the Flyers lost Games 4 and 5 to the Penguins, I was holding out hope that somehow they’d drop the next two and go home losers, shamed and embarrassed at having failed to capitalize on a once seemingly-insurmountable series lead.
They got lucky on Sunday and won Game 6, in Philly no less, where the home fans got to usher Crosby and Company out of the building with a serenade of “You can’t beat us”.
Where’s Patrick Kane when you need him to shut those goofs up?
While the Capitals play for their lives on Wednesday night in Boston (and let’s face it, we know how that’s going to end), the Flyers are at home, waiting to see if they play the Caps or some other Eastern Conference foe in the next round of the playoffs.
I’ll be honest, like I always am: I do NOT want to see the Caps face the Flyers in the next round if Washington somehow gets past the Bruins on Wednesday night.
I don’t like the Flyers.
There’s nothing at all redeeming about them.
They’ve been punks since the days of Clarke, Linseman, Leach and Hextall.
But I know hockey and I know they can create offense and I know they have some speed…and all of that would create major problems for the Capitals if, in fact, they were fortunate enough to face the Flyers in the next round.
Losing to the Flyers in the playoffs would be like having Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam off the Orioles in the top of the 9th in a September game in Baltimore that gives the Yankees the pennant.
Actually, it would be much worse than that.
In fact, if I could somehow sign a document right now that guarantees the Flyers go 0-82 next season IF Teixeira – in exchange – could hit a grand slam in Baltimore to put the Yankees in the playoffs in 2012, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
Flyers…0-82? Lord, wouldn’t that be something to behold?
I’d sell my soul to Mark Teixeira, even, to have the Flyers go winless over a whole season.
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