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The Captain and His Mates: Takeaways from Flyers 4, Bruins 3

Anthony SanFilippo - April 2, 2018

Following the Flyers’ thrilling 4-3 victory over Boston on Easter Sunday, I figured we should start with something different. You know, for the kids:

I always loved the Blind Melon version of this song…. which is why I went with this one for your enjoyment.

But back to the Flyers, yes, the magic number for making the playoffs is now three. Any combination of points earned by the Flyers or lost by the Florida Panthers that equals three, and the Flyers are in the postseason.

That could happen as soon as tomorrow night in Brooklyn when the Flyers play their final road game of the season against the New York Islanders.

So, yes, the Flyers are going to the playoffs despite being pretty mediocre (79 games played, 40 wins and 39 losses), but it doesn’t matter how you get there, it matters what you do when you get there.

And there are five teams the Flyers could still face in that first round.

And we’re here, on the first Monday in April, talking about the Flyers as a playoff team because of a huge win Sunday against Boston.

A regulation loss would have left things up in the air. The Flyers needed to play a very good game against an excellent Boston team – and they did.

And although there were a couple moments where you wanted to cringe, or throw your Easter yams at the television screen, the Flyers had some really strong performances from key players at key times to secure the victory.

Let’s break them down:

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Silent Killers: The Stuff Hanging From Arena Ceilings

Kyle Scott - March 7, 2014


I’ve always, always been fearful of stuff hanging from arena ceilings. Go ahead, take a look up next time you’re at a Flyers or Sixers game (OK, no one goes to Sixers games)– it’s like a puppeteer got drunk and decided to see how many really heavy things he could hang from just handful of steel beams. Dance, swinging speakers! Dance! 

Anyway, that horror script aside, there’s a lot going on up there. The scoreboard fell once in Buffalo. That’s the worst possible scenario. But no one ever feared those nets that hang above the glass to protect fans at hockey games. Oh, irony:

A section of the TD Garden’s protective netting fell onto the crowd at the end of the Bruins game on Thursday, injuring two spectators, Bruins spokesman Matt Chmura said in a statement.

The patrons were two women in their 20s who sustained minor injuries from the falling netting, police said.

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Racism is Alive and Well with (Boston) Hockey Fans

Kyle Scott - April 26, 2012

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Photo: Washington Post

I’ll be honest, and I’m not proud that I felt this way, but after watching Capitals forward Joel Ward – a black Canadian – score the game-winner in overtime against the Bruins last night, in Boston, I had a feeling that there might be some racial slurs tossed his way. That shouldn’t have been my knee-jerk reaction, but, having seen some of the antics of Bruins fans over the past few years (throwing condoms at our contributor Adam, jumping onto the ice, throwing bottles) and understanding that many of their supporters hail from Spooner Street, it’s the first thing that came to my mind.

And I wasn’t wrong.

One person, using Chirpstory, aggregated some of the Bruins (and hockey) fans’ responses, on Twitter, to Ward’s game-winner. Unfortunately, the term nigger was the descriptor of choice for the Caps forward.

Warning: it gets pretty ugly.

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Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas Skips Out on White House Visit

Kyle Scott - January 23, 2012

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Last year, then-Flyers Kris Versteeg and Nick Boynton decided to skip the Blackhawks’ visit to the White House because they wanted to practice with the Flyers. Noble.

Today, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas skipped out on the Bruins’ visit to the White House because of political differences. Jackasstic!

The details from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli via Puck Daddy:

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed that Thomas had told him months ago he would not attend the White House event due to his political and ideological differences with the Obama administration. Chiarelli said he had tried to convince Thomas to attend the event "over the last couple months" to no avail.

"He chose not to come. The reasons behind it I think he'll make the media aware through his Facebook," said Chiarelli.

The GM said that he could have mandated Thomas attend the event, but chose not to. "I can require someone to attend a team event. If they don't, I can suspend him. But I'm not going to suspend Tim. Whatever his position is isn't representative of the Boston Bruins or my own. But I'm not going to suspend him."

 

It’s Thomas' right to do what he chooses, it seems our country was founded on that principle, but what’s the point? Now, instead of the attention being on his (I write this begrudgingly) deserving teammates and Zdeno Chara, everyone will talk about the best player’s absence from the White House. 

Whether you agree with Barack Obama and his administration's political views or not should have little, if anything, to do with attending. It’s a photo-op for the President, yes, but it’s also a way for the team (and fans) to celebrate their accomplishment by getting a little recognition from the most powerful man in the world.

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Of Course a Bruins Fan Tried to Tackle the Lightning Mascot

Kyle Scott - January 19, 2012

I find Bruins fans to be the worst sports fans in the world, and believe me, I have the sort of time to follow and think about such things. 

They aren’t particularly passionate, relatively speaking – Boston folks are generally more concerned with the Patriots or what brand of socks that night’s Red Sox starter is wearing or what Bill Simmons said about Larry Legend – but they certainly come out of the woodwork when the Bruins are good, doing things like tossing condoms at one of our contributors, jumping over the glass and onto the ice, and littering the ice with trash and liquor bottles

You can add mascot fights to that list.

On Tuesday night in Tampa, after Lightning mascot Thunderbug sprayed a portly Bruins fans, said portly Bruins fan attempted to tackle the mascot. Again, the mascot that sprayed him with silly string. As Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy notes: That escalated quickly.

Yes it did, Greg. It usually does with Bruins fans.

via Puck Daddy, thanks to reader Steve

Bruins Fans Continue to be Awful Human Beings

Kyle Scott - October 19, 2011

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Pic via (@EmptyNetters)

Ever since ESPN The Magazine ran this cover, things haven’t gone so well in Beantown. First the Red Sox collapsed, then fired their coach, then got caught up in this weird beer drinking controversy. Now the Bruins have lost three of their first four home games after raising their Stanley Cup banner in an extravagant clusterfuck of obnoxious accents and glad-handing.

Last night, the underratedly awful Boston folks had a problem with the myriad penalties called against their team in the third period. So, naturally, they littered the ice with trash, including what appears to be an empty booze bottle. You stay classy, Titletown. 

As you know, because the national media is mostly lazy, Philly fans are usually the ones who get a bad rap for doing stuff like this. However, I’m not sure I can recall the last time bottles were thrown on the ice here. Sure, we threw some rally towels and paper cups on the warning track after Ryan Howard’s Achilles ripped its way in the offseason, but that was nothing compared to this. [It's also exactly a year to the day since our other northern friends, Yankees fans, tossed bottles into the Rangers bullpen as Cliff Lee urinated excellence all over the Bronx.]

Oh, and there were these guys, who hopped on the ice last year. And back in 2010, Bruins fans tossed condoms at our man Adam. Boston!

High Sticking: Bruins Hold Six Hour Banner Raising Ceremony, Flyers Win 2-1

Kyle Scott - October 7, 2011

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And yes, we kind of like the numbers on the helmets [Photo via the Flyers]

I hate Boston. I mean, it’s a nice city and all. A great city, in fact. It’s clean, historic, mid-sized, has chowda, and the T is spacious, accommodating, and clean (a little acronym I like to call SAC). I watched Scottie Reynolds hit a runner against Pitt at the Fleet T.D. Bank North Garden Center to send Villanova to the Final Four. That was fun. But the people, they suck. Their attitude, the pulse of the city, and its drivers- all pretty awful. Perhaps we took too much delight in the Red Sox implosion (because I’ve spent the last 14 hours in the fetal position preparing myself for a possible Phillies collapse), but it’s hard to deny that Bostonians really love themselves. So should we be surprised they hosted a 35 minute circle jerk to commemorate their Stanley Cup victory? 

No, we should not.

They (I would say Bruins, but this included most of the city) paraded around the ice with the cup- that’s a new one. Mark Recchi put on what I think was a Starter jacket (I honestly don’t know because the volume was turned down at this point). A number of New England luminaries turned out to give their pithy comments on the achievement. And by a number, I mean 600. For realsies, I was sort of expecting Ben Affleck to come out and thank the city’s north end for its cooperation in filming The Town (required reference in Boston hating). Then, instead of just raising the banner, they handed it around like a group of pallbearers passing grandpop around one final time. By this point, I sort of imagined that Peter Laviolette had donned his old equipment, threw down a fifth of vodka, and was ready to go out and take care of business himself.

He didn’t, but the Flyers did. They won, 2-1. 

Their youth and speed was pleasant to watch, Bryzgalov played like, ya know, a goalie should, and Claude Giroux was filthy.

Dave Isaac has your full game recap. Photo gallery here. The highlights and post-game Bryz… well, they are after the jump.

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The Flyers are Trying to Bury the Bruins… Quite Literally, it Seems

Kyle Scott - October 6, 2011

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via the Flyers

Well, this can't be much worse than last year's Tea Party.