Since the shootout was installed in the 2005-06 season, the Flyers and New York Rangers have met seven times in the turn-based gimmick, each with varying success.
Yet, regardless of the benefit for both squads, a crucial late-season win for the Rangers on Sunday and a playoff-determining victory for the Flyers in the final game of the 2009-10 season, New York coach John Tortorella and Flyers coach Peter Laviolette still aren’t fond of the sour result.
WELLS FARGO CENTER – Like a re-occurring nightmare, once again, the shootout dooms the Flyers at home. It ruined a late-game effort by Nik Zherdev and the Flyers that had tied the game, as the Rangers’ Wojtek Wolski scored the clincher in the shootout to give New York Rangers the 3-2 shootout victory Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.
“There’s no shootouts in the playoffs. Thank God,” said defenseman Sean O’Donnell, who team has just three games remaining in the season. “Obviously, we’d love to have these two points, but coming back on a team like that, to get that point, was good. We would have liked to win the shootout, but I don’t think losing in a shootout is a big deal.”
WELLS FARGO CENTER — According to general manager Paul Holmgren on Sunday, the Flyers will be without forward Danny Briere against the New York Rangers as a result of “lower body soreness.”
Another day, another non-playoff opponent and another loss for the Flyers.
Lacking a killer instinct for the second time in as many nights, the Flyers failed to overcome a late deficit, as they lost to Patrik Elias and the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, Friday night at the Prudential Center.
“As a whole, we weren’t good enough,” coach Peter Laviolette told the media. “There were a few bright spots but not enough within the concept of our team and even within the game itself. We have to be better than we were tonight.”
March featured a myriad of problems for the Flyers.
Inconsistency, lack of focus and the inability to win close games are just a few of the issues that hampered the fleeting Eastern Conference leaders into a 6-5-4 monthly record. However, what Atlanta Thrashers forward Evander Kane told the media after a 1-0 shutout victory over the stumped Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, may be the most severe and telling of the group.
“Even last year I think we won all four games against them,” said Kane, whose squad took the season series 3-1, including two in Philly. “It’s a fun building to play in and I definitely enjoy it.”
Fun building? Enjoy it? The Spectrum just rolled over in its own rubble.
WELLS FARGO CENTER – With the Atlantic Division-rival New Jersey Devils on the schedule for Friday and revenge on the menu against the New York Rangers on Sunday, it’s easy to see how Thursday night’s home contest against the non-division and non-playoff Atlanta Thrashers could be overlooked.
However, coming off a confidence-building road win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, the Flyers have their sights set on taking two points from Atlanta, while regaining some home ice swagger.
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