Flyers Deliver Clutch Punch Toward Playoffs

March 13th, 2010 by Brian Mahoney Leave a reply »
A buzzer beater in hockey? Almost, as the Wachovia Center roared in triumph with only 2.1 seconds left in the 3rd period of Saturday's action. You can now exhale, Philadelphia.

The Flyers needed this clean, dramatic ending that fans will be talking out for quite some time, and it may define their playoff future. Certainly, Saturday's 3-2 victory showed their resiliency against a powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks, the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Down 2-1 with three minutes ticking away on the clock, a stench of defeat pervaded the Wachovia Center. At last gasp, Scott Hartnell and Chris Pronger's clutch goals with two minutes remaining turned the tables on the season's outlook.

Following a heart-wrenching defeat to Conference foe Boston Bruins, Flyers' owner Ed Snider expressed concern and indignation toward the lack of execution. When asked if they were losing grasp on playoff hopes, Snider hotly replied, "We better damn straight make 'em," regarding their positioning currently at the No. 6 spot. With a crucial game wasted on a hapless defensive effort, the microscope was tightened upon their defensive scheme to protect goalie Michael Leighton ...

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