In traditional Flyers fashion, they faced off tonight against a team that was much better than them and won. That team tonight was the Chicago Blackhawks, the 4th best team in the Western Conference, who fell to the Flyers 4-1. Imagine what the Flyers record would look like right now if they could only play top-tier teams every game.
The Flyers current playoff chances, already bleak, are now on life support after a 2-1 loss in Ottawa tonight. Ray Emery performed well, but the Flyers offense couldn't give him any support and the team lost in a shootout. I could probably copy and past that first sentence for the majority of Flyers game this season.
Steve Mason posted a shutout tonight on 35 saves. The Flyers still lost though, in a shootout that saw T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko score for the Blues but no one score for the Flyers. Mason now has 3 shutouts this season, 2 of them being losses. The harsh words he had about the team's effort after Tuesday's loss rang true again tonight. Mason moved mountains to give the Flyers a chance for a much needed win, but received no offensive support in a 1-0 shootout loss.
Steve Mason had an outstanding night, saving 37 of 39 shots for the orange and black, but it wasn't enough to win tonight's contest against the Dallas Stars. Luke Schenn scored 1:13 into the game, but after that the Flyers offense went anemic. Ottawa has now crept ahead of the Flyers in the wildcard race and Boston's victory puts them 9 points ahead of Philadelphia, who could have narrowed the gap to 2 points had they beat them on Saturday. The Flyers have not been able to right the ship since, dropping 3 straight games.