The ageless wonder, a.k.a. Jaromir Jagr, has reached yet another milestone in his Hall of Fame career. Last night the 43 yr old winger scored his 718th career goal in Florida's game against the Red Wings. The goal moved Jagr past Phil Esposito for fifth all time in NHL history.
Scoring struggles have been just one of the inconsistencies that have plagued the Flyers for much of the season, especially of late. Goals were at a premium again on Thursday and again, it was the Flyers having trouble finding the back of the net.
Two late goals in the second appeared to sink the Flyers with 20 minutes of hockey still left to play. A goal in the final seconds for the Flyers seemed to be the spark that could change momentum.
But the Flames quickly regrouped and finished the job, defeated the Flyers, 4-1, on Thursday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Flyers first game in March, a home game against the Calgary Flames, set off a month of triumph and tragedy - sometimes in the same game. The Flyers scored twice in the third to even the score against the Flames before falling in overtime, 3-2, on March 3.
Days later, the Flyers defeated the St. Louis Blues and held a late 2-1 lead on the Boston Bruins as they looked poised to close the playoff gap to two points. A late penalty, game-tying goal and eventual overtime loss to the Bruins started a downward spiral.
The Flyers have lost seven straight road games, including all four played in March, as their playoff hopes have been dashed. A four-game road trip continues on Thursday night against the Flames, with the opening face-off coming at 9 p.m.
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Last week we looked at the Flyers Stanley Cup Finals history. Nicely done by those who answered. The question asked was to name the teams the Flyers played in each of their appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Whether you believed it after the Flyers heartbreaking loss in Boston - a distant memory at this point - or after a 5-2 romping by the Devils the day after or even Tuesday night's dismantling by the Canucks, the Flyers season is officially dead.
Sure, mathematically they aren't eliminated from playoff contention yet. But in those final seconds in Boston, which saw the playoff picture shift five points alone, the Flyers playoff push was over. The Flyers have one win since - Saturday's 7-2 shellacking of the Detroit Red Wings.
But with every loss comes new life for the Flyers and an opportunity to compete. For weeks, the big picture has shifted and straddled the line between contender for the playoffs and draft lottery. Make no mistake about it now, the Flyers chances in the NHL Draft lottery are growing with every loss.