If Montréal is Cinderella, what does that make the Philadelphia Flyers?
The entire team deserves a bounce-back nod in the second round series after trailing 3-0 in the series and 3-0 in Game Seven before roaring back to become the first team since the 1975 New York Islanders to rebound from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series (in the NHL).
This sets up an interesting contrast between the Eastern and Western Conference Finals, as No. 7 meets No. 8 in the east, while the top two teams in the conference (and many would argue the league) square off out west. But what players had the biggest hand in this historic come back?
Daniel Briere has followed up a disappointing 2009-2010 regular season with a tremendous playoff performance through two rounds.
Despite playing 75 games in the regular season, Briere tallied just 23 goals and 53 points, a clear decline for a player who was once a Hart Trophy hopeful with the Buffalo Sabres just a few years ago.
Briere has responded in a big way this postseason, and more importantly, he has resumed his usual role of scoring goals when it matters most.
Briere has had a knack for scoring game-winning goals since his early days with the Phoenix Coyotes.
After a season where he scored just one game-winner, he has already tripled that total through two playoff rounds, and topped it off by tying Game Seven against Boston, bringing the team back from a 3-0 hole in the decisive game.
Simon Gagne has also returned from a disappointing and injury-plagued regular season to have a solid start to the 2010 NHL Playoffs.
He has tallied just seven points through two rounds, but like Briere has scored when it matters most, with two game-winning goals.