Flyers on the brink of elimination

Here's an ugly truth in the wake of another tough loss for the Flyers to the Rangers yesterday, putting them on the brink of elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Has anyone considered the distinct possibility that the Flyers just aren't as good as the Rangers?

Heresy to those who bleed orange and black, I know.

But it's the distinct feeling I get after watching the Flyers get off to still another slow start, then come up short in their comeback attempt.

Yesterday's game had the same theme that's played out in this series, with the Flyers unable to get the puck through the Rangers' defense and create much in the way of problems for Henrik Lundqvist.

And once again the Flyers dug themselves an early hole, falling behind early and then staging a furious late rally.

Actually you could say the Flyers might now be able to relax, now that they are in their familiar spot with their backs to the wall. They face the prospect of elimination Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. If they hold true to form, they should come up with their best effort of the series, sending this one back to Madison Square Garden.

Here's beat writer Rob Parent's view of the game.

Columnist Jack McCaffery says captain Claude Giroux and the Flyers are fast running out of time to be patient.