The Philadelphia Flyers lost all three of their first-round playoff games at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, losing the series in six games. On Wednesday, captain Claude Giroux said the team may have tried too hard at home, pressing, in part, because of the boos coming from the Flyers fans.
Philadelphia was outscored 18-6 at home and went 0-for-13 on the power play. Center Sean Couturier told the Inquirer that while the reaction from the fans can be frustrating at times, he doesn’t think it contributed to the team’s struggles at home against the Penguins.
“There’s some nights they probably had the right to boo us. We were bad enough and we probably deserved it,” Couturier said. “… I don’t really think it had an effect on the results of our home record. I think we’re a tight group and we kind of shut it off.”
“I said, ‘What’s going on?'” Babcock told reporters of his conversation with Matthews. “It’s interesting, in Toronto, you [media] do such a good job. You’re everywhere. You’re under the bench, you’re in the crack in the door, you’re in the car, you’re in the parking lot. You’re everywhere, and anytime anybody does anything, there’s a big story.
“I asked him flat out, ‘Do we have any [issues]?’ He was sitting right there. We don’t seem to.”
Matthews, who had just a goal and an assist against Boston, said talk of friction also was news to him.
“I don’t know what that’s all about,” he said. “Our relationship’s fine. Obviously, you guys can speculate all you want, but I think it’s pointless.
“Stuff happens, people speculate. I can tell you right now it’s not the case.”
The 20-year-old from Arizona scored 34 goals in the regular season despite missing 20 games due to injury, but admitted to being frustrated in the Bruins series following a Game 7 in which Toronto blew a 4-3 lead in the third period and lost 7-4.