Well that sucked. After Hossa's goal late in the 3rd period, it looked like the Hawks had wrapped up the Philadelphia Flyers. But after tying the game off of a turnover, the Flyers then proceeded to score with just over two seconds left, wrapping up a rapid comeback.
The worst part of this loss, besides losing two points so late in the game, is that Huet looked as good as we have seen him all year for a majority of the game. Before the two late goals, he had faced over 30 shots and stopped all but one.
I was eager to write about how excellent it was to see Huet step up and have a masterful game, although I planned on still pointing out that I prefer Niemi no matter how well Huet ends the regular season, but considering the game was lost, its rather hard to do that.
Huet still had a decent game, but two of the three goals were arguably soft, and on those goals he again presented his occasionally lethargic reaction time. The Fylers did a good job keeping pressure on the Hawks for three periods, so the blame certainly cannot go singularly to Huet. However, it certainly is a drastic opposite to the 2-1 Hawks victory and amazing statement game for Huet that it appeared we had in hand.
Here's to the Hawks rebounding with authority tomorrow morning against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. A great Niemi game and win over the only team to have already clinched the playoffs is all it will take to forget today's disappointment.