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Who Would Have Ever Thought: Flyers Advance To Stanely Cup Finals

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 24:   (L-R) Scott Hartnell #19, Michael Leighton #49, Arron Asham #45, Jeff Carter #17 and Kimmo Timonen #44 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrate after defeating the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-2 to win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Wachovia Center on May 24, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Patrick McKennaContributor IMay 25, 2010


BY Patrick Mckenna

Who thought after going into a series deciding shootout, then three games to none, finally come back from a three goals down, that the Philadelphia Flyers would be in the Stanley Cup Finals. 

The Flyers clinched their first spot in the finals since being swept in 1997 by the Detroit Red Wings.

Turning heads and cruising through the Eastern Conference Finals is what the Flyers are doing and have done.  No longer are they a dark horse seven seed.

The reason for this great surge is net minder Leighton who took over after Buscher was injured in the second round.  He has secured three shutouts in the Eastern Conference series, and if he can remain a dominant force in net the Flyers stand a great chance to beat the heavily favored Chicago Blackhawks in the finals.

Remember the Blackhawks are running on all cylinders entering the finals.  With dominant performances by Captain Johnathan Toews, and net minder Antti Niemi they look to keep their silky style of play flowing against the rough and tough Flyers.

Can the Flyers overcome? 

Can they keep this magical playoff run alive? 

With the return of Carter and the strong never die plays from Richards the Blackhawks better look out.  They Flyers are on a mission; to bring back Lord Stanley’s Cup to the City of Brotherly love for the first time in 35 years.




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