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10:46 AM ET 05.07 | They were swept and outscored in the four games 20-7, but the Philadelphia Flyers still were reluctant to show the Boston Bruins much respect. "I'm not going to say the better team won, but the team that was playing better is moving on," said Flyers defenseman Sean O'Donnell after the Bruins eliminated the Flyers with a 5-1 win Friday night at the TD Garden. "They are hitting on all cylinders right now. We put in a good effort tonight, (but) it just seems we weren't hitting on all cylinders. It seemed like when we did get a chance it was jumping over a stick, or they were getting a stick in the lane. Their second goal to go up by one went off a shaft. I'm not taking anything away - they deserved the series - but it seemed like we were a little bit off and they were playing real well."

Toronto Sun

Sean O???Donnell, Nathan Horton, Steve Babineau/NHL/Getty Images Sean O???Donnell, Nathan Horton, Steve Babineau/NHL/Getty Images
May 7, 2011  10:58 AM ET

If ya ain't first you're last

May 7, 2011  11:05 AM ET

Keep it in the locker Sean.

You come off sounding petty and stupid.

May 7, 2011  11:06 AM ET

Flyers are my favorite team and I'm not happy to be reading this. The better team won. You got your arse handed to you. You had a great year and I thank you for that. But shut the HE** up.

May 7, 2011  11:10 AM ET

Bruins were better, but not by much. This next series could be interesting with the young speedy Bolts.

May 7, 2011  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Bruins were better, but not by much. This next series could be interesting with the young speedy Bolts.

And the old crafty goalie, I might add.

May 7, 2011  11:11 AM ET

On paper I thought both teams were pretty even talent wise. Boston was thinking about what happened last year and they weren't about to let it happen again. I didn't think that the Flyers played very well, but whose fault is that. I've seen the Flyers play harder in regular season games against the Penguins than they did in this series. I can't figure it out.

May 7, 2011  11:22 AM ET

Ummm, you were SWEPT. Outscored 20-7. Yep, clearly the better team did not win.

May 7, 2011  11:30 AM ET

Nice to see Lucic finally show up...

But does anyone else think he is the slowest forward in NHL history?

May 7, 2011  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

On paper I thought both teams were pretty even talent wise. Boston was thinking about what happened last year and they weren't about to let it happen again. I didn't think that the Flyers played very well, but whose fault is that. I've seen the Flyers play harder in regular season games against the Penguins than they did in this series. I can't figure it out.

No confidence in your goalie can do that for you.

And missing Pronger's leadership and playoff greatness hurts as well.

May 7, 2011  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Bruins were better, but not by much. This next series could be interesting with the young speedy Bolts.

Bruins struggle with fast teams.

May 7, 2011  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ummm, you were SWEPT. Outscored 20-7. Yep, clearly the better team did not win.

Team with the better goalie won.

May 7, 2011  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Team with the goalie won.

Fixed. :-)

May 7, 2011  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Team with the better goalie won.

Why does it always seem to work that way for the Flyers? Great goaltending in the regular season then they can't stop anything in the playoffs.

May 7, 2011  12:23 PM ET

You don't have to be the best team in the world, just the best team in the stadium. Stop being sore losers, Flyers.

May 7, 2011  12:55 PM ET

The Flyers got utterly dominated the whole series. The Bruins gave them nothing. The better team won.

May 7, 2011  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nice to see Lucic finally show up...But does anyone else think he is the slowest forward in NHL history?

He doesn't accelerate fast but when he gets moving he blows past defensemen on his little self pass play. I wouldnt say he is the slowest forward in history....

May 7, 2011  01:10 PM ET

This is kinda embarrassing. The better team won. That's what a best of seven series is all about. O'Donnell is pissed because this was probably his last chance. The way the team played and the way the goalie situation was handled, i'd be pissed too. But definitely the better team won.

I gotta root for TB though guys, sorry. Gagne is one of my favorite players. He needs a Cup win.

May 7, 2011  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

And missing Pronger's leadership and playoff greatness hurts as well.

Recall the one game he did play? Remember when the Bruin took him down behind the net and Pronger grimaced and shook his hand in pain? Then delivered a two hander slash to the Bruin and took 2 minutes?

That's where he re-injured his hand and why he never played anymore.

May 7, 2011  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nice to see Lucic finally show up...But does anyone else think he is the slowest forward in NHL history?

Well, Holstrom comes to mind. If he had any brothers he'd be thin as a rail.

 
May 7, 2011  02:01 PM ET

To be truthful, I was SHOCKED that the Flyers couldn't muster a single win. They seemed to implode - Couldn't do anything right, looked slow and sloppy.

It was a series of "opportunities" - The Flyers' offering them, and the Bruins' exploiting them.

Holmgren needs to shed some cap and buy himself a bona fide goalie - Last off-season would have been the perfect time to do it, with such up-and-comers as Niemi and Halak available...This season? Mmmmmmmm....Not so much.

Vokoun? Turco? Labarbera?...

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