With a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, the Philadelphia Flyers have conquered the Eastern Conference. Their fairy tale post-season began on the final day of the regular season when they clinched the second to last seed in the East with a shootout win over the New York Rangers.
In the playoffs, they disposed of the number two seed New Jersey Devils in five games. They fell behind Boston three games to none only to win the next four and then conquered Les Bleus in five games.
Game One starts on Saturday night at the United Center with puck drop at 7 pm.
There have been rumblings since the start of the Conference Finals that the winner of the West was the winner of the Cup, but that’s a bit premature. The Flyers will not go easily into the night. Any talk of game-to-game momentum or being intimidated by the home crowd is purely non-sense. Philadelphia has stared down Death’s door multiple times in the past two months only to laugh back in its face. I highly doubt losing a tough game or the United Center national anthem is going to send them into a tizzy.
Make no mistake, this will be the toughest team the Hawks will have to close out (assuming of course, they win three games in the series). As the week progresses, we’ll take a closer look at the Flyers and their roster. Until then, enjoy the down time.