Out of pure desperation, Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren had this to say after the team’s most recent loss: “There’s still hope.”Following a debacle in Winnipeg, and a loss in New York, this comment is hard to justify. In a season of consistent inconsistencies-the most recent being Ilya Bryzgalov’s benching-the Flyers have dropped their last lifeline. Instead, they eerily drift away from the playoff race.

The Philadelphia Flyers lost a must-win battle with the New York Islanders Tuesday. The Flyers fell 4-1, and now sit far off the pace in the Eastern Conference.

Coach Peter Laviolette suspiciously benched Ilya Bryzgalov for the game. Tony Bruno, reporter for 97.5 The Fanatic, reported that Bryzgalov was benched for falling asleep in a team meeting. Newcomer Steve Mason started in net.

Jak Voracek opened the scoring, and brought the Flyers to life. Matt Moulson tied the game, and the score was locked at one to end the period. Michael Grabner scored in the second, and the Flyers were down one going into the third. Philadelphia could not bounce back, as John Tavares and Casey Cizikas added late goals. They iced the cake on route to a 4-1 triumph.

The Flyers fell to 17-19-3, and will face Ottawa Thursday, 7:00 PM at the wells Fargo Center.

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