Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 1/2/12

In a city used to disappointment, this one stung unusually hard.

I have been a Flyers fan for a long time. I’ve lived through 4 Stanley Cup Finals losses and I can honestly say this loss to the New York Rangers really hurt.

Maybe it was the buildup that has gone on for more than a month now. Maybe it was the squandered 2-0 lead. Maybe it was the loss to Boston in the 2009 Winter Classic to go along with the realization that a game of this magnitude will not be back in Philly for a long time to come. Maybe it just brought back all the memories of Philly’s sports teams’ shortcomings. No matter what it was, the Flyers loss in the NHL’s Winter Classic really hurt.

For the Flyers it is really just one loss. Unfortunately, the Flyers already trailed the Rangers in the standings and had lost their previous 4 matchups with them. This loss didn’t help any of that.

The Rangers played a solid game. Like John Tortorella said in HBO’s 24/7, “we (New York Rangers) will keep coming at you.” That they did. Defensively, the Flyers couldn’t match up. More alarming, however, was that goaltending was the difference in the game.

That’s not to say that Sergei Bobrovsky did a bad job for the Flyers. It is only to say that Henrik Lundqvist was better. And once again, despite having signed a top notch net minder, goaltending continues to keep this team from being amazing.

Maybe Bryzgalov will get it together and play in a fashion worthy of his lofty price tag. Maybe Bobrovsky will swoop in and steal the job. Nonetheless, at this very moment in time, the Flyers can not compete with Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.

Hopefully that can be fixed between now and the postseason. For now, the Flyers are snake bitten by the Rangers.

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