Nobody wanted it to end this way, but tonight the Flyers usual third period magic just wasn't there. They were done in by poor play (except from Steve Mason) in the first two periods and couldn't quite recover. The Rangers took the game by a score of 2-1 tonight and will move on to play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the next round, while the Flyers prepare for the offseason.
Where has this version of the Flyers been all this series? After struggling to mount any offense, even in the victories, the Flyers (mostly Wayne Simmonds) reawakened tonight with 5 goals. Thanks to the 5-2 victory we now have a game 7 situation on our hands tomorrow night in New York. If the Flyers can channel the energy they had the last 70% of tonight's game and use it tomorrow they can definitely advance to play Pittsburgh next round...and you thought the embellishment calls were over.
When it rains, it pours. At least, for the Phillies it does.
Cole Hamels made the start for the Phillies on a rain-soaked Tuesday evening, putting forth his worst start in quite some time. Hamels was smacked around in 4 2/3 innings of work, as he surrendered six runs on eight hits, while also walking five batters.
After being put in a hole early, the Phillies found themselves unable to get out, as they dropped the series opener to the Mets, 6-1.
Ben & Dan discuss extinct sports leagues, the Eagles schedule, the Flyers playoffs, the NBA draft, lime shortages & Domino's latest attempt at failure.
A.J. Burnett continued his recent string of dominance Sunday afternoon, as the right-hander completely shut down the D-backs. Burnett tossed eight scoreless innings on the afternoon, striking out eight and surrendering just five hits, as he lowered his ERA in his last four starts to 1.38.
The Phillies would take the lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Chase Utley, and that run would prove to be all they would need, as they topped the D-backs 2-0 behind the gem from Burnett.
This game was a struggle to watch. The Flyers didn't necessarily play a bad game today, it just looked like New York was a better team out there. The Flyers scored 1 goal on the power play, but failed to do anything on the other 4, not even registering a shot on the first one. They were simply outmatched and the Rangers were taking advantages of their opportunities where the Flyers failed to. The series now heads back to Philadelphia for a Tuesday night game 6. The Flyers have their backs against the wall, but this is often where they shine, so anything could happen.
The Phillies rallied Friday night to no avail. Saturday night was a different story.
Down 5-2 entering the eighth inning, the Phillies rallied again, scoring four runs to take the lead, and the win from the D-backs, 6-5.
A three-run outburst in the seventh pulled the Phillies within one run before an eighth inning home run by A.J. Pollock extended the D-backs lead to 5-3.
The Phillies would respond in the ninth, pulling to within one again on an RBI single by Jimmy Rollins and later putting the tying run in scoring position before eventually falling 5-4.
They said it couldn't be done, but I worked the title of an Incubus song into the title of an article. Now let's Drive into the recap. The Flyers tied the series with the Rangers 2-2 tonight thanks to goalie Steve Mason more so than anyone. Mason denied 37 shots out of 38 tonight to anchor the Flyers as they fought for a hard-earned 2-1 victory.
Kyle Kendrick left the game after 5 2/3 innings with the Phillies in the lead. He had done his job. He put the team in a position to win.
Then Mike Adams surrendered a solo home run to Adrian Gonazalez in the seventh, and suddenly the Phillies' lead was gone.
The Phillies entered the ninth with the game tied 3-3, but an offensive outburst would soon put them ahead, as they scored four runs in the inning on their way to a 7-3 victory.
Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!