Look, it’s Thanksgiving morning. It’s so early that I’m the only one awake at the moment. Even the sun has not risen yet, although I can see the light of day beginning to awaken. The girls are back from college. came to visit, slept on the air mattress behind me because they wanted to stay up late, drink red wine and watch reruns Grey’s Anatomy.
Maria is still in La La Land, although she will soon get up and cook her traditional Thanksgiving breakfast before everyone gets ready for a full meal and football at my parents’ house.
The silence here is so rich and wonderful that I decided to type this post on my computer that needs a wireless keyboard, because these keys are much quieter than any other.
I am telling you all this because I cherish this morning more than any other. I cherish this day. This is the one day of the year when we are all guaranteed to be together. The food is excellent. The company, though fleeting, but ideal. And the little things that surround the day – like this morning hour – are, in fact, the serenity of now.
And yet, in all this perfection, there is a flaw. I got up so early not to enjoy the silence or the smell of fragrant French vanilla coffee being brewed, but to write about another loss of the hockey team.
Yes, the Flyers did it again, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, squandering a late break and losing 3-2 in overtime to the Washington Capitals, extending their winless streak to eight games (0-5-3).
This is the third time in the last calendar year that they have been on a winless streak of eight or more games. As a reminder, they set the franchise record for the longest losing streak last season with 13 games. It’s not like they’re going to match or beat him, but the next six games against Pittsburgh, the New York Islanders twice, Tampa Bay, New Jersey, and Colorado are all winning teams.
It quickly becomes ugly – and again, this is a simple mistake that costs them the game.
Not to mention losing in overtime. Because their lineup is so depleted from injury, their chances of winning get even worse when you hit 3v3 because the talent and skill level just isn’t right for open hockey:
— NHL (@NHL) November 24, 2022
(Just FYI, this was also Ovi’s 164th different goal scored (third all-time) and his 123rd career winning goal. The dude is just special…. OK… back to the post,)
No, the death blow came in the third period, when the Flyers were playing well and it looked like they would finally endure and break the drift. Until one small breakdown kills the team:
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— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) November 24, 2022
The error occurs in the neutral zone. It really shows in slow motion when they’re looking for offside. Watch Joel Farabi come out from behind the blue line to challenge the puck carrier. While his intent is to cut off the pass, this is indeed a low percentage play because all the puck carrier has to do is be patient for a second, slip past Farabi, who is moving in the opposite direction, and then pass to an open winger to create what turns into a 3v2 dash from the blue line.
Evgeny Kuznetsov finds T.J. Oshie with this pass and it becomes a concession because Farabi gave Oshie the time and space to allow the play to develop and Kuznetsov then runs past Morgan Frost who, although not originally a bad actor, was caught on viewing. play a little and Tony DeAngelo gets stuck trying to protect Kuznetsov and Sonny Milano through the back door, which is impossible. Two good passes. Target. It’s simple.
“It’s a surface that we went over and over and we just don’t do it right and it cost us the second goal,” said coach John Tortorella. “The report – and not from a young guy – the report cost us the second goal. What I consider to be a very simple surface, we turn into a mess.”
Speaking of riots, the Flyers’ power play is all that and more.
They are 2 of 27 (7.4%) in their last nine games. Against Washington, it was 0-for-4, and in the third period, with an option to add an insurance goal, the Flyers consistently played powerplay and missed.
They probably should have given up possession of the puck when the second penalty was called, but instead they tried to score and missed an extended opportunity in a 5-on-3 game. To make matters worse, Zach McEwan walked off the ice after the second penalty was called. because his club was torn to pieces. Noah Cates came on the ice, but at the same time, Felix Sandström was also coming off the ice due to a delayed penalty and no other player jumped over the boards, meaning the Flyers were trying to score a delayed penalty with just five goals. skaters instead of six.
“We are in stagnation, we are on the way to stagnation,” Torts said. “We are so deliberate. And with some pretty good offensive players. So thoughtful. We just can’t make the next game. It is what it is.”
He seems to be annoyed by the game in the majority – and so it should be. The Flyers’ struggles saw them drop to 29th in the NHL in terms of powerplay, scoring just 14.9 percent of the time with a man-to-man advantage.
Once again, the Flyers quickly turn into a team that doesn’t know how to win.
And that’s why Bundy and I were so close to our August predictions for the Flyers’ success or lack thereof. Because it’s not always about talent or coaching. It’s about the desire to win, and that’s not enough here. Haven’t been for quite some time.
— Snow The Goalie: The Flyers Podcast (@SnowTheGoalie) November 24, 2022
“Some guys can’t think like that when they want to win but expect to lose,” Tortorella said. “I think it happens to some guys.”
Whoever these guys are, they’re a bunch of turkeys.
Which reminds me. The sun rose. The girls are waking up. Maria is ready to start the French toast. It’s Thanksgiving. We can talk about hockey tomorrow.
In the meantime, I hope your Thanksgiving is happy, safe, and full of lifelong memories.