To start the game, the Flyers looked terrified in their own zone — they had no idea what to do when they were there. Conversely, the Sabres looked like they had never stepped foot in the offensive zone in their lives. This picture can sum it up.
Flyer 1: “What do we do back here?”
Flyer 2: “Coach said protect the goalie.”
Flyer 1: “OK”
Sabre 1: “I want to shoot!”
Sabre 2: “No, I want to shoot!”
Sabre 3: “Let me! I haven’t gotten a shot in seven years!”
Flyer 3: “That didn’t work, now what do we do?”
Flyer 2: “Cover someone, you idiot!”
Flyer 3: “OK”
And then the craziest, most normal thing happened. The Sabres gave up a goal. And then another. And then another. And then a fourth in overtime to lose the game they had a three-goal lead in with less than 20 minutes in the game.
the flyers falling ass backwards into points, as always pic.twitter.com/WbzxOs8UIR— thomas williams (@nosalaryretaind) March 30, 2021
You can tell this team is broken, rotten to the core, when their most recent first overall pick Rasmus Dahlin literally says the team had a panic attack because they hadn’t had a lead before. If that doesn’t light the warning beacons of Gondor, I don’t know what does.
Rasmus Dahlin: [we] had a panic attack.....we haven't been in this situation and we panicked— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) March 30, 2021
I looked at the Sabres roster. I couldn’t name you an outspoken veteran on that team that would know how to calm his teammates and guide them through a game like that. Because even the worst team in the league can suppress a game down enough to not allow three goals in 20 minutes. Just look at the Ottawa Senators!
Next week we’ll talk about what the heck is going on with the Philadelphia Flyers and why Alain Vigneault still has a job.
Various Leafs and Branches
Dubas saying goodbye to Mitch's buddies on his way out of the arena pic.twitter.com/ds2xhH4RZ2— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) March 30, 2021
willy nylander upped his pride tape game by making the bi flag on his stick pic.twitter.com/RHxToRfUN8— mitch marney (@marnylandersen) March 29, 2021
Before the game, the Toronto Maple Leafs moved Liljegren, Hollowell, and Sabourin back to the Marlies where they all played later that afternoon. Marincin and Rosen were with the Leafs as extras on the Taxi Squad.
Defencemen Martin Marincin and Calle Rosén have been reassigned to the @MapleLeafs taxi squad.— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) March 29, 2021
Defenceman Mac Hollowell, defenceman Timothy Liljegren and forward Scott Sabourin have been loaned to the @TorontoMarlies.
Speaking of Liljegren at the Marlies game, he scored this howitzer in the second to put the Marlies up.
And Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, who made his AHL debut, got his first point with a wicked pass to Adam Brooks. His primary assist was eventually for the game-winner.
In former Leafs news, Patrick Marleau passed Mark Messier last night. 10 more to Gordie Howe.
On Oct. 1, 1997, Patrick Marleau skated in his first NHL game.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 30, 2021
On March 29, 2021, he is skating in his 1,757th – only one other player in NHL history has hit that mark. #NHLStats: https://t.co/rhEHsIQD3M pic.twitter.com/AmtVgK3MTO
Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad is out for the season.