Because the world we live in is just, the New Jersey Devils eliminated the Philadelphia Flyers last night in Philadelphia with a dominating and suffocating 4-1 victory. Now we're as aware as anyone that the Flyers eliminated the Penguins this year and that their loss to the Devils doesn't change that. But it doesn't mean it doesn't feel amazing.
The thing that made the end to this year's Pens' season so much more disappointing than usual was not just that the Pens didn't win the Cup, but that the Flyers were perceived to have taken some grand step forward into being the dominant team in the Eastern Conference for the next several years. Rob Rossi was trying to be provocative on Twitter by questioning whether he'd rather have the Pens roster or the Flyers roster for the next 10 years but he succeeded only in being annoying. The Jagr-Talbot moves were portrayed as psychological death blows. And then Peter Laviolette went all Bruce Boudreau and started declaring that his star was the best player in the world. How'd that work out, Pete?
|The Best Former Best Player in the World|
An exclusive photo gallery of The Best Former Best Player in the World's night in Philly (photos via NHL.com) after the jump...
|Here's The Best Player in the World warming up before going to sit in the owner's box. He goes through a rigorous stretching routine before spending a night patting himself on the back.|
|Here's The Best Player in the World explaining to Matt Carle what makes him the Best. "I have the ability to affect the outcome of games, whether I'm on the ice or in the owner's box."|
|Now officially The Best Former Best Player in the World, here he says "you're welcome" to the Flyer faithful for the 2 goals, 1 assist, zero even strength points, -4 rating, and one suspension he had in the 5-game series against New Jersey|
|Here The Best Former Best Player in the World poses for a picture with Max Talbot, who is explaining what it is like to win a Stanley Cup. The Best Former Best Player in the World replies, "But you aren't the Best so I don't see the point."|
|Here The Best Former Best Player in the World pleads with his teammates not to leave the ice. "I was the Best!!!" he cries. "I was the Best!!! Don't you remember?!?!?! I was the Best!!!!!"|