The Broad Street Bullies are eight years removed from their last Stanley Cup Finals and while they may no longer be the Bullies of Broad Street as they are a younger, much faster team. They were still able to find some success this season finishing third in the Metropolitan division sending them to their third playoffs in five years.
Philadelphia improved on their 2016-2017 season by ten points as they were led by superstar Claude Giroux and young guns Sean Couturier, Shayne Gostisbehere and Travis Konecny. Giroux finished the season with a career-high 102 points and established himself as once again Philadelphia’s best player.
As mentioned previously, Philadelphia is eight years removed from a heart-wrenching Game Six loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup Finals and just like any team in the salary-cap era has had to go through a lot of roster turnover.
Under the guidance of General Manager Ron Hextall, they’ve been built back up into a solid playoff contender over the last couple seasons and with the young core they have leading the team, they shouldn’t miss much April hockey going forward.
Where Did It Go Wrong?
It’s simple. Chances are if you’re fishing the puck out of the back of your net 28 times in six games you’re not going to be very successful.
This was the series of blowouts:
- Penguins 7, Flyers 0
- Penguins 1, Flyers 5
- Flyers 1, Penguins 5
- Flyers 0, Penguins 5
- Penguins 2, Flyers 4
- Flyers 5, Penguins 8
Philadelphia was simply overwhelmed by the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions who very well may be on their way to a third consecutive. The Penguins were led by none other than Sidney Crosby who finished the series tied with young-gun Jake Guentzel; both players had 13 points.
But where did it go wrong? Goaltending, simply goaltending for the Philadelphia Flyers as Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth finished with a .856 and .847 SV% respectively finishing in 17th and 18th place among active playoff goaltenders.
Even though the goaltenders played terribly, the Flyers managed 15 goals in six games while not terrible; it wasn’t enough to overcome the high octane offense of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Philadelphia has some signs of life in their organization, but for them to be successful going forward General Manager Ron Hextall will have some decisions on who will be between the pipes heading into the 2018-2019 season.
Is There a Heartbeat?
It wasn’t all bad for the Philadelphia Flyers as they did get a lot of their young guys some much-needed playoff experience. Luckily the Flyers have both of their veteran stars playing as they should right now as both Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek had stellar years. It’s all about the young core for the Flyers moving forward.
Couturier (24), Gostisbehere (24), Konecny (20), Provorov (20) and Patrick (18) are going to be tasked with leading this Flyers team throughout the next 4-6 years and getting them valuable playoff experience should always be seen as an asset.
Couturier is a flat-out warrior as he played both game five and six with a torn MCL, what’s even more impressive? He finished game six with five points.
The Philadelphia Flyers have potential going forward, especially in a division that will likely see the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins get worse over the next couple years. The Flyers have a young successful forward core and two studs on the blue-line, all they have to do is find that goaltender for the future. This won’t be the last time you see the Flyers in the playoffs, expect them to make a good run in the near future.