When the Washington Capitals went up 3-0 in their first-round series, the Philadelphia Flyers were miserable and their fans were chucking wristbands on the ice. It looked like there would be an ignominious end to what was a feel-good story.
Instead, the Flyers made things a lot more interesting, falling in Game 6 while their fans gave them a heartfelt ovation. It all felt more fitting for Philly’s overachieving 2015-16 season.
Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal of the game as the Capitals won 1-0 to lock down this series 4-2.
Once Philly got back into the thick of things, this was a tight, hard-hitting series. The Capitals faced some tests in the first round that might just provide lessons as they hope to finally make a deep run with Alex Ovechkin & Co.
There might be some feeling of regret for the Flyers, particularly from this game. Philly received an extended 5-on-3 power play in which they likely were lucky to get both calls, yet they didn’t muster many high-level chances against a spry Holtby.
Still, the Flyers redeemed themselves in what you might even call a … classy manner.
Question: do you think they wished the Capitals good luck against Sidney Crosby and the hated Pittsburgh Penguins?