Flyers “Fist” New Jersey Devils, Move On To Second Round

April 22nd, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
When you look back on the 2009/’10 NHL regular season, no team had to face as much adversity as the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers were handicapped by a schedule that saw them play five games in nine days to start the season only to see them have to endure a five day stretch without playing another game (October 10th-15th) until October 16th.

Then, after playing against the Florida Panthers on the 16th (a 4-2 loss) the Flyers were put back on the shelf for another five days before playing their next match against the Boston Bruins on October 22nd.

Needless to say, the Orange and Black struggled to find any chemistry early on...and then came the injuries, which were both numerous and devastating.

During the regular season the Flyers lost the services of Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter, Daniel Briere, Ray Emery and Michael Leighton (amongst others) for long stretches, and, in the case of Emery and Leighton, for the rest of the regular season at the worst possible time—the playoffs stretch.

In Emery’s absence, Leighton was able to put together a tremendous stretch of wins which saw him end the season with a 17-9-2 record. To say Leighton ...

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