Bonjour, Montreal Canadiens: Meet the Philadelphia Flyers—the Men in Black

micky bestCorrespondent IApril 23, 2008

Okay—black and orange. Agent "j"—Joffrey Lupul—aimed his big gun and ended Washington's season. 

The Flyers proved themselves last night. They proved that they have what it takes. They kept their heads up. The boards were rattling. Bodies were flying. It was a great night to be a hockey fan.

Sorry West Coast, but the excitement of an overtime East Coast game is better than watching Sharky repel from the roof at the Shark tank.

He needs some new material. When he was at the Moose's birthday party (it’s a mascot thing) a few years ago, they had the crowd roaring with their bad boy band impression.

But back to the Flyers. Once again Danny Briere was on the ice wreaking havoc around the net and causing all sorts of confusion for Capital defenders. Both squads were hungry, providing fans of both teams a game that could have gone on all night.

Oh, wait; they only do that in Buffalo.

It came down to who had the energy and power and desire. Both Huet and Biron played great games. Both teams played great games.

The series came down to the Flyers’ ability to keep the league's leading scorer in check, while Danny Briere proved why he was the missing piece of the puzzle in the playoffs. 

It wasn't just Briere. Every line took its opportunity to show the blue collar mentality of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Once the celebration subsided, the tradition that has become a part of all levels of sports, from pee wee hockey to professionals—the handshake at the end. It is a tradition that Flyers’ fans revere, and that Montreal fans conveniently forgot.

As I watched Olaf Kolzig and Marty Biron embrace, I fondly looked at Kolzig's goalie stick on my fireplace mantle. I remembered when Marty Biron was a quiet skinny rookie with the Rochester Americans.

Montreal will be a tough opponent, that is for sure. But the Flyers are hungry, and Montreal is cocky.  Just because they have those banners hanging in their arena does not intimidate the Men in Black. It makes them want one of their own.

On Thursday night, Montreal will know what a cheese steak from Pat's feels like when it sees a tourist bus pulling up. Hungry.

As a little side note, yours truly will be a fan in the audience of this week's NFL draft. Since Miami has already ruined the surprise, it will be interesting to see where the rest of the hopefuls land. Stay tuned from Radio City Music Hall.


Remember-I'm simply the best.  ~Micky~