We are now two games in to the Conference Finals in the NHL, and so far in the East, the Philadelphia Flyers have taken a comfortable lead on their opponents, the Montreal Canadiens. Well, comfortable might be an understatement since the Flyers are embarrassing the Habs.
What's interesting about the Flyers' play as of late is how it follows the pattern of their roller-coaster-esque play in this year's post-season.
Round One: The Flyers beat the second seeded Devils in five games. Solid.
Round Two: Flyers lost the first three games of the series to the Bruins, only to make history by winning the next four. Wow.
Round Three: Flyers won the first two games by shutting out Montreal with a combined score of 9-0. Amazing.
Round Four: Who knows what they're going to pull off?
Looking back over their achievements so far in the playoffs, the Flyers have been up and down, exciting and embarrassing, and in the end of the day downright unstoppable.
They've lost players to injury and they've brought back guys from injury, and no one can seem to figure them out. Here's a hint: don't underestimate them.
The Flyers haven't won the Cup since they won it in back-to-back years in 1973-74 and 1974-75. I think it's about time they get to paint the town orange in Philadelphia.
Right now, the Flyers are a force to be reckoned with, beating teams that no one would call pushovers and they seem ready for whatever comes out of the West. Should they continue this onslaught of goals and unbeatable goaltending, the Flyers could very well see themselves preparing for a downtown parade in a few weeks.
How about some stats to make them look even better?
When goaltender Brian Boucher (who's still leading the league in playoff goals against average by the way) got injured in the middle of the last round, back-up Mike Leighton had to step in. He seems to be relishing the opportunity tying the league lead for playoff shutouts with two, and has posted a .87 goals against average. That's less than a goal per game!
Their forwards have also stepped it up. Danny Briere and Simon Gagne have combined for six game winning goals in the playoffs so far. Oh, and how about nine goals in two games? Not too shabby.
All in all, Philly is doing quite well right now in the playoffs and if they keep this up, good things will happen. They've come back from being behind, and shown how they can take over a series. I wouldn't be surprised if they pull off something even more noteworthy in the next round.
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