Originally written on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 11/15/14

The score could have been 20-3 tonight, and it would still count for the same amount of wins and impact on this series: 1.

While getting handled in front of your home crowd (embarrassed frankly), the one positive thing the Flyers can take out of Wednesday night's 10-3 loss to the Penguins is that they still hold a commanding 3-1 series lead.

DISCLAIMER: This is obviously a joke. The Flyers obviously lost themselves the game.

Let's take look at the (few) positives here:

  • The Flyers only have 1 ever loss at the Consol Energy Center. You could even call it their home away from home.
  • The Flyers have NEVER lost a series in franchise history when leading 3-0. I don't forsee that stat changing any time soon.
  • The Flyers are now 3-7 all time in Game 4's when they have a chance to sweep, so I can't say I'm surprised that they dropped tonight's game.
  • You couldn't have expected the Penguins to lay down in this series. They have a lot of proud (though dirty) players that didn't want to get embarrassed more than they already have been.

If you're into seeing a pond hockey version of the NHL Playoffs, here are the highlights, courtesy of NHL.com:

With the few positives we can take out of tonight's shellacking, there are also some areas of concern:

  • The Penguins stars came out to play tonight. The men down the middle (Crosby, Malkin, Staal) combined for 6G and 3A.
  • Malkin and Crosby had huge impacts on the game. #71 scored his first 2 goals of the series (and 1A) and #87 added a goal and 2 assists. Even in a loss, you didn't want to see these two guys get their games going.
  • Marc-Andre Fleury started to find his groove tonight too. After posting some horrible numbers through the first 3 games, he looked SOLID tonight. 22 SV on 25 SA, .880 SV%.
  • There were a total of 14 penalties called in Game 4. The Penguins were 4 for 9 on the man-advantage, and the Flyers were 3 for 5. The Flyers especially need to be more disciplined, because the games from here on out will be called EXACTLY like they were tonight.
  • Niklas Grossman is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury (concussion most likely). That would be a collosal loss for the Flyers should he miss any time.

In all, it's one game, but you KNOW the Flyers have to come out more prepared for Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Friday night. I have all the confidence Peter Laviolette will have the troops ready for battle after being humiliated like they were in Game 4.

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