Flyers must shake off epic Rangers beatdown in a rush, and historical past’s on their facet


Mika Zibanejad broke out with a 6-point evening vs. the Flyers.
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The 9-0 beating that the Flyers took at Madison Sq. Backyard on Wednesday evening wasn’t a document breaker, but it surely was a rarity. It’s the primary time Philadelphia has gotten shut out by that extensive of a margin since 1969 in opposition to Chicago, solely the 82nd recreation in NHL historical past that was 9-0 or worse, and the seventeenth such recreation within the final 30 years.

What does historical past inform us about the previous couple of occasions this has occurred?

For one factor, the Flyers getting proper again on the ice to face the Islanders on Thursday won’t be such a nasty factor. The final time a workforce bought blanked and gave up not less than 9 objectives was Nov. 4, 2016, when the Canadiens had an eight-game successful streak finish in resounding vogue, 10-0, at Columbus. However after getting shellacked by the Blue Jackets, the Habs returned residence the subsequent evening and beat the Flyers, 5-4. Despite the fact that Montreal went to 10-1-1 with that bounce-back victory, Michel Therrien nonetheless didn’t final the season — he was changed in February by Claude Julien.

Equally, after the Flames got here up on the unsuitable finish of a 9-0 beatdown in Beantown on January 5, 2012, they went residence to Calgary — with someday off in between — and dealt with the Wild, 3-1. Flames coach Brent Sutter did make it to the tip of that season, however no additional, as Calgary made a change to Bob Hartley.

If this doesn’t appear to bode so effectively for Alain Vigneault, effectively, not each coach who comes up on the unsuitable finish of a 9-0 or worse recreation pays together with his job. Take Scott Gordon, who led the Islanders to a 9-0 defeat at Carolina on April 7, 2009, adopted two days later by a 6-1 stomping by the Penguins, and two extra losses to complete the season. Not solely did Gordon return to Lengthy Island for 2009-10, he made it till a 4-10-3 begin to the 2010-11 season lastly resulted in his ouster.

Gordon went on to teach the Flyers on the finish of the 2018-19 season after Philadelphia fired Dave Hakstol, however he’s not the one coach to go behind the bench in Philly after taking a 9-0 thrashing some other place. Particularly, Peter Laviolette was the coach of the Hurricanes on Nov. 12, 2005, when Atlanta (’memba them?) got here to city and jumped out entrance with a five-goal first interval, adopted by two in every of the remaining frames.

Not solely did the Hurricanes get well with a 2-1 win at Ottawa three days later, they went on to win the Stanley Cup that season.

So, all will not be misplaced for the Church of Gritty this season… however that also was some sort of beating the Rangers gave them.

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