Sunday, November 29, 2015

Another Flyers comeback stirs magical memory

PITTSBURGH _ As the late, great Jack Buck once said: “I don't believe what I just saw!”

Another Flyers comeback stirs magical memory


     PITTSBURGH _ As the late, great Jack Buck once said: “I don't believe what I just saw!”

     Those words, delivered by Buck when Dodgers pinch-hitter Kirk Gibson hit a dramatic, ninth-inning home run and limped around the bases to win a 1988 World Series game against Oakland, came to mind while watching the Flyers fall behind, rally, fall behind, rally, fall behind, rally….well you get the idea.

     This was Friday night in Pittsburgh, where the Flyers _ Team Resilient _ overcame deficits of 2-0, 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4 en route to a had-to-see-it-to-believe-it 8-5 win over the dazed Penguins.

     Sean Couturier, known more for his defense, and Claude Giroux (six points) each had hat tricks.

More coverage
VOTE: Who'll be the next coach/manager to leave?
Download FREE Philly Sports Now app for iPhone!
Buy Flyers jerseys and other gear
Forum: Did Flyers make right moves in offseason?
Latest hockey odds

      Cue the Jack Buck audio.

      And, so, now the big question, with the series shifting back to Philly for Games 3 and 4, is this: Are the Penguins cooked?

      Well, if you watched them register 108 points during the regular season, the answer would be “no.”

      Then again, if you watched the Flyers overcome a 3-0 deficit to win Game 1, and erase multiple deficits in Game 2, you might have a different opinion.

      There have been 122 minutes, 23 seconds of playing time in this series. The Flyers have led for just 10:48. Yet, they are ahead, two games to none.

     I don’t believe what I just saw!

    Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, normally a stand-up sort, was so flustered by the latest collapse that he refused to talk to the media.

      Fleury being flustered is not a good sign for the Penguins

      "We have 20 guys that are working as hard as they can. No one is pointing fingers,”  Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “Everyone is giving max effort. It`s executing better. They`re taking advantage of every mistake we make. We`re hanging our goalie out to dry."

     Couturier has gotten under Evgeni Malkin’s skin _ and is outscoring him.

     Malkin, the NHL`s top scorer this season, had two assists but was minus-4 on the night.

      "It`s not over,” insisted Malkin, who called the Flyers a “great” team. “We have confidence. Why not? We have beaten the Flyers in Philly before. Why not do it again?"

      In franchise history, the Flyers are 17-0 when they win the first two games of a series.

      Follow Sam Carchidi on Twitter @BroadStBull.

Inquirer Staff Writer
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Broad Street Bull is your place for the latest updates, trade rumors, and everything connected to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sam Carchidi Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter