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By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie)
As the final seconds ticked away in overtime, a collective groan echoed throughout the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The fans knew what was on the horizon. The dreaded shootout.
Hockey purists take issue with the shootout due to its gimmicky, skills-competition nature. But in Philadelphia, the antipathy from the fanbase is mostly due to the struggles of the beloved Flyers in the breakaway contest.
Entering tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals, the Flyers were a miserable 22-40 in games decided by shootout since its implementation after the lockout, and 3-6 on the season.
Two goals by Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds, however, and their season record in the shootout moved to a more respectable 4-6.
The turnaround actually began in late January.
After dropping their third straight shootout of the season on January 22nd against the Boston Bruins, the Flyers faced yet another scoreless overtime two days later...