CHICAGO --The Flyers haven't claimed the Stanley Cup since 1975, and the primary reason, I'll assume we'd all agree, is that they've spent the better part of the four-plus ensuing decades prioritizing thuggery over speed, skill and smarts.
Is it possible, I can't help but wonder, that the current Blues have a little too much Flyers in them?
Yeah, I know, this feature's supposed to be about strategy. But once the tournament's wound down to two teams, and now just a single Game 7 after the Bruins' 5-1 victory Sunday night in St. Louis, the real separators tend to be so much simpler. Because all it takes to negate all other factors is one snap, one moment of sheer stupidity.
Behold such a snap and, yeah, such stupidity:
That, my friends, is the dumbest damned thing anyone's done in the entire playoffs.