One day later, and I still don't understand how they came out for OT without any improvement in their game from the 3rd period.
You took the words right out of my mouth. Triumph mentioned that the Devils never got a chance to really get going due to the penalty, which is true, but they still managed to give up two ridiculously dangerous chances to the Flyers before the penalty even occurred. They came out flat to start the OT after playing the entire 3rd period that way. It's inexcusable. I firmly believe that Lemaire overworked certain players last night because of his dumb roster decisions so I can understand if they had no legs toward the end of the game. But what is the excuse for not being prepared to start the OT after you just had a 17 minute break? Through the first two periods it never even entered my mind that they were going to lose the game last night but that third period was just really bad. It's concerning that it all fell apart for them like that. I mean I guess it shouldn't be a surprise considering the last few months but it was just bad on so many levels.
I really want to believe that this team can come back, I really do, but they have an extremely difficult climb ahead of them. We're basically asking a team who has only won 2 out of a possible 9 games against Philly to now win 3 out of a possible 4 and they have basically found every way possible to lose to the Flyers this season. I said it before and I'll say it again, they are in deep sh!t. Last night may wind up being the straw that broke the camel's back when all is said and done.
Focus has been brought up in this thread and I think it really sums everything up because they are lacking it. There are just way too many WTF type of decisions and moments from the players and the coaching staff.
Edited by Sickman, 19 April 2010 - 02:09 PM.