WARNING: This post may upset readers who get emotional about human fingers. Not all of the fingers. Just the one in the middle.
Last night, the Philadelphia Flyers hosted a home playoff game for the first time since 2012, when they lost to the eventual Eastern Conference champions, the New Jersey Devils, in five games. The Flyers lost again on Tuesday, this time getting smacked 4-1 by the New York Rangers. They are down 2-1 in the series.
This first round match-up isn’t over yet, but some Flyers fans are already melting down. After a goal by Martin St. Louis put the Rangers up 2-0, a Flyers fan flipped him off. It made for good TV.
GIF by official-nhl
Take note, hockey fans: this is the proper way to salute a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, for most gentlemanly player in the league. (Though I have no idea why he was nominated this year.)
Okay, so one rando gives a guy the finger. No big. We’ve seen this a million times on TV. Whatever. Marginally gif-worthy.
…And then it happened again. And the next dude escalated things.
As Daniel Carcillo celebrated his goal in that same corner, a guy in a Claude Giroux jersey hulked out. One bird could not express his rage. This situation required two birds. Birds akimbo. Right in the glass, right in the face of Carcillo.
GIF by me.
That’ll show him. Weird thing: Carcillo played two and a half seasons for Philly. He was a fan favorite. I mean: would you do this to Mathieu Perreault?
After the game, Carcillo was asked about the twin birdage.
Carcillo also smiled, laughed, asked about Philly fan reaction to him. "Nothing surprises me about the city and way people act."
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) April 23, 2014
— mc79hockey (@mc79hockey) April 23, 2014