Make no mistake about it, after achieving what they set out to do, the Flyers 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday definitely has them in the playoff race. After the win, they are five points out of a playoff spot with 26 games to play.
If only the action - or lack thereof - on the ice proved it.
The Flyers did manage the necessary victory on Sunday and closed the gap in the playoff race, only making the three points lost in overtime over the previous four games harder to digest. At the same time, this was the result of playing the worst team in the NHL.
When the Flyers faced the Sabres on Jan. 17, that too required a third-period push to ultimately get the desired result. It shouldn't have been as difficult as it was. The Flyers can hang their hats on the fact that they held on for the two points that absolutely had to be had - playoff implications or not. But the challenge posed by the lowly Sabres is enough to quell the playoff chatter.