If only the Flyers could play teams in playoff contention every night. In their last 14 games when facing an opponent that currently holds a playoff spot, they are 9-1-4.
Last night’s 4-1 win over the Blackhawks had all the emotion and energy that made it a perfect fit for an NBC Sports Wednesday Night Rivalry time slot. Kimmo Timonen returned for what is presumed to be the last time on Wells Fargo Center ice to a video tribute and crowd chanting the beloved defenseman’s name. The Flyers came out from the opening face-off and took control of the game, playing with an offensive attack that they have lacked of late.
However, as if this season couldn’t get any worse, two major injuries seem to pour salt in the wound. Wayne Simmonds, whose goal last night was his 28th, is done for the season with a lower body injury, which is now being reported by CSN’s Tim Pinaccio as a fractured left leg. Andrew MacDonald also suffered a season-ending injury, with a fractured right hand. MacDonald, although slightly overpaid, has played decent minutes when he is in the lineup, averaging about 20 per game.
Just in case fans were still holding out hope that the Flyers could make some miraculous run towards the playoffs, the hockey gods left a strong message last night that it is simply not meant to be.