Failing Flyers Falling Fast

December 16th, 2009 by Tim King Leave a reply »
When last seen in exiting Mellon Arena last April 23, the Philadelphia Flyers had a 3-0 win in Game 5 of their opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins clutched under their arms and the air hung heavy with the threat of a return for Game seven.  That threat grew all the more real several afternoons later when the Flyers jumped to a 3-0 lead in Game six.

But a funny thing happened to the guys in the creamsicle jerseys right about the time Max Talbot's fists started flying.  They forgot how to play hockey.  They haven't remembered since.

The Flyers traded for 34-year old Chris Pronger in the off season, and told the world that they were now legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.  Pronger would neutralize the other-worldly talents of Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby and lead the Flyers back to the promised land for the first time since 1975. 

Then reality struck.

At present, the Flyers find themselves 16 points out of first place in the Atlantic Division, in 10th place in the conference, two points out of the last playoff spot, and owners of the second-to-worst record in the NHL. 

The truth is ...

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