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Irony and agony of defeat for Flyers

Updated: April 18, 2009, 12:46 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- There is cruel, and then there is what happened to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.

After the Flyers made good on promises to play with discipline and controlled intensity, it looked as though the hockey gods would reward them for their perseverance with a split in this Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Instead, those same hockey gods chose to deliver a butt end to the head.

The Flyers gave up a power-play goal with less than four minutes left in ...

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