It’s one thing to go down three – nothing in a best-of-seven series.
It’s an entirely different thing to battle your way back from the biggest hole in sports, only to find yourself down three – nothing on the road in Game Seven.
This is this kind of game I will tell my kids, grandkids, and God almighty willing, I will tell my great grandkids about.
I will tell generations that everyone on the Flyers team was ravaged by injuries and that 100,000 fans packed into the Wachovia Center to watch the greatest hockey franchise play on the road. Yes, the truth will be drastically stretched, but the heart of the story is so captivating that no one will question anything else about it.
And when the story ends all of the little critters known as children will whisper, “great granpappy lost it.”
This is what the city, fan base, and franchise needed.
The Phillies gave us a landmark win with their 2008 World Series triumph, but what else have we had in the last 20 some odd years?
We are usually the butt end of jokes and now we can finally hang our hats on one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, statistically speaking.
Before the Flyers came back from a 3 – 0 hole, only three teams, ’42 Maple Leafs, ’75 Islanders, and ’04 Red Sox, ever dug themselves out of such a hole. Yet, somehow this team of no-name stars represented a city not known for being clutch, and they…well, they came up clutch.
I’ve seen the Flyers blow a 3-1 series lead to the Devils as Eric Lindros lay unconscious on the ice in game seven after a devastating hit from Scott Stevens.
I saw the Eagles lose three straight NFC Championships, including a demoralizing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which marked the last game at Veteran’s Stadium.
Instead of ranting about my team’s ability to choke, I will assume you get the point.
That’s what makes the Flyers Game Seven win over the Bruins so incredible. This stuff does not happen in Philly. Miracles like this happen in the suburbs, like when Villanova won the 1985 Championship against the Georgetown Hoyas.
Maybe the Flyers will go up in flames against the Canadiens in the next round, but it will never take away from the monumental comeback staged by the Flyers.
This is not a story to recap the game or analyze how we won. It is here to serve as a reminder that a Philadelphia team can be clutch and that we are not crazy old grandparents who can’t recall a 4-3 Game Seven win over the Bruins in the 2010 Quarterfinals.