Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals is just around the corner, Saturday night to be exact, and I couldn't be more excited.
The Flyers have surprised everyone by making it this far, but they shouldn't be doubted. They are a great team. They play extremely well together, and can just be as explosive on the offensive end as the Blackhawks.
The Flyers never gave up in the playoffs, and look where it has gotten them. First, it took them a shootout victory in the last game of the regular season just to be in the playoffs. They won four straight games against the Bruins after being down 3-0 in the series. And most recently, they took out a very talented Canadiens team with ease.
"You can never really count them out," said Blackhawks' Patrick Kane. "They have been in situations when it seems they are down and out and have come back from it in every situation. Every game is a must-win in different series, but against them you can't really give them any life at all. We have to try to take this thing as seriously as possible from first shift out."
It doesn't matter if you're the favorites, like the Hawks are. It's the playoffs, and this year's playoffs proves that favorites don't always win.
The Washington Capitals are knocked out of the first round by the Canadiens, who also knocked out the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. The Flyers took out the New Jersey Devils in the first round, and, finally, San Jose defeated the mighty Detroit Red Wings in the second round—the latter being the most shocking to NHL fans.
The demeanor in the Hawks' locker room can't be cocky or arrogant, because it will most defiantly end up biting them in the butt. It's good we haven't seen the Hawks act that way during the regular season and the postseason.
The Hawks know they're the favorites, and the Flyers know they're the underdogs, but neither team seems to care. Both teams know the team that will be holding the Cup will be the team that plays the best hockey NOW. Not during the regular season, nor a few weeks ago, or even a few days ago.
Whichever team plays better hockey in the present time will earn the Cup, and a place in history as the 2009-2010's best NHL team.