However, after losing to the Rangers at the Garden 4-1 with Antero Niittymaki in goal, the Orange and Black dropped a tough one to the current Presidents' Trophy leading Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena tonight 3-2.
They had a 2-0 lead in the second period and Marty Biron was absolutely stellar. STELLAR! But, the Red Wings ability and talent over shadowed the Flyers effort and their talent, leading to three unanswered goals, one in the second and two in the third about 90 seconds apart.
While you can't knock the Flyers effort, one stat that really stands out tonight is the amount of shots the Wings got compared to the Flyers. Detroit out shout the Orange and Black 48 to 26. That means, in a loss, Marty made an unbelievable 45 saves.
Wins usually result when your goalie makes 45 saves.
This leads to the point of this post. How are we supposed to believe that this Flyers team is Cup bound when they get totally outplayed ability wise by the Detroit Red Wings? Take note, this is a Red Wings team they will probably have to beat to win the whole thing.
This loss, while I know anything can happen in the post-season, is pretty discouraging when you think about it. Don't look at the score. The 3-2 score is not a good description of this game.
Just look at how this game was played. Detroit outplayed the Flyers throughout and then, the tired Flyers were non-existent in the winding minutes. I can't take anything positive from this game except that Marty was freaking awesome.
Maybe that's good enough to get us to the Cup Finals, but then again, another goalie who's first name is also Marty just won his record breaking 552nd game tonight in a Devils 3-2 win over the Blackhawks and thus widening the margin between us and the Devils in the Atlantic Division.
Did I also mention that the Penguins, who were two points behind us in the standings before tonight's games, won 6-2 over the Thrashers in Pittsburgh?