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Semi-Finals Preview: (7) Flyers vs. (6) Bruins

The Flyers beat the Devils handedly in the first round in 5 games and were the only team in this year’s NHL playoffs to advance in 5 games or less. Game 5 was last Thursday, and the Flyers have been hanging around since then. It was not until this past Wednesday night did we know for sure who exactly we would be playing. With the Capitals loss to the Canadiens in the first round, the Eastern Conference was re-seeded:

#4: Penguins
#6: Bruins
#7: Flyers
#8: Canadiens

The Penguins will be hosting the Canadiens for the first two games of their series, and the Flyers will be in Boston for the first two games of theirs. The buzz in our conference is going to be focused on how the Canadiens shut out Ovechkin and if they can do it again against Crosby. That’s fine with me, I’d rather fly under the radar. So how exactly are we going to match-up against Boston and what do we have to do to advance? Here’s some thoughts:
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Posted by on April 30, 2010 in Playoffs

 

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Bring On the Bruins; Winter Classic Revenge?

The Canadiens just came back down 3-1 in the series and won Game 7 in Washington tonight. They will advance to play the Penguins while we will be taking on the Boston Bruins. Game 1 is set for 12:30 PM on Saturday afternoon and I’ll have a series preview tomorrow or Friday. A lot of Flyers fans are sighing in relief since we’re not playing the top-seeded Capitals, but we’ll see what happens!

Haven’t seen the Bruins in the playoffs since the late 70s!

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2010 in Playoffs

 

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First Round Wrap-Up

Alright so after a few days I’ve been able to collect my thoughts as I enter my last week of classes for the semester. Like many other Flyers Phaithful, I have been going nuts waiting for the second round to start. Never been a huge fan of teams having too much idle time, even if Chris Pronger is saying the time off is welcome. The Flyers are awaiting their next opponent and I’m watching a possible one right now as the Capitals take on the Canadiens in Game 6 of their series. The Capitals are the easiest guess to make since they were NHL’s best team and are leading the series 3-2, but the Canadiens have been playing really well as of late and in watching them I see a good possibility of them bringing it to a Game 7. They’re home tonight and currently Montreal is up 2-0 in the second period. Anything can happen in a Game 7, home-ice won’t be a huge factor as the Caps know all too well from their playoff exit two seasons ago (courtesy of Joffrey Lupul).

But I digress. The Flyers were the only team to finish their opponent in 5 games or less in the first round, and for good reason. There were many factors surrounding this advancing Flyers team; a team who was gaining momentum in the last few games of the season. I’m going to review the finer points of why I think the Flyers have upset the Devils and made it to the next round.
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Posted by on April 26, 2010 in Playoffs

 

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Flyers Advance!

The Flyers beat my prediction and took the series in 5 games rather than 6. Doesn’t matter to me! Moving on in a series for the first time since we beat the Canadiens in the second round back in 2008. That feels like ages ago, so as a fan this is a good feeling. I’ll have a full series breakdown soon and a Semi Finals preview depending on who we play next week. Signs are pointing to the Caps, but they have to win first. The Flyers are the first team in the league to advance… AMAZING.

Claude Giroux and Danny Briere are stepping it up big time for the playoffs and they need to continue to do so. Our defense has been sound and Boosh has been excellent. Let’s hope this week off doesn’t kill us.

Playoff Beards
As many hockey fans know, the NHL playoffs bring a lot to the table as far as intensity and passion from the players and fans. One of the long-known traditions is the playoff beard which players grow out as well as many fans. I got a head start on my beard but I have refused to shave it since the Flyers clinched the playoffs. The Flyers are running their Beard-A-Thon again this year to raise money for Flyers Charities. The dancing guy you’ve seen at Flyers games the past few seasons, Shawny Hill, has his beard growing again to raise money. I’m asking you to check out his blog and Beard-A-Thon page and donate if you have any extra cash. Every dollar helps, and it’s for a good cause for some good fans who are asking you to pledge money on their manly facial hair. Let’s keep the charity rollin’ and Dancin’ Shawny dancing for the rest of the playoffs!

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Playoffs

 

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Who’s In for Tonight?

As I said yesterday, Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter will be out tonight. Shortly after I made that post, most of you guys probably figured out from the Flyers official site that Gagne would be out about 3 weeks, and Carter is out indefinitely. A huge blow to our team. There goes two of our best two-way players, two of our best shooters, and two of our offensive leaders. You can’t replace guys like that, but Ville Leino will surely have a say in tonight’s game if he can get his game going. The question is, who will be the other guy?

Tim Panaccio’s HockeyBuzz blog pretty much said the same things we’ve all been saying; Laliberte, Cote, Nodl, or possibly Bartulis. Now, he is reporting that Laliberte will in fact be the guy, and he will play alongside Carcillo and Richards on the first line. Briere will be centering Leino and Hartnell, and Giroux will still be with JVR and Asham. The 4th line remains the same with Betts leading his unit of Lappy and Powe. I like what Laviolette is doing here with keeping the bottom lines intact, yet I really think they could get away with bumping Giroux up a line or two and giving him more ice time. Are you really going to trust Laliberte with first line minutes? These lines of course are not finalized, yet Panaccio is saying they are the most probable.

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Hartnell-Briere-Leino
JVR-Giroux-Asham
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We’ll see how this works out tonight or if this even will stay the same. Don’t want to give them any hope tonight. Tonight’s about playing good hockey and trying to close out the series ASAP. Would love to see Kovalchuk’s face after we win tonight knowing he has still yet to win a playoff series.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Playoffs

 

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Flyers Take Commanding 3-1 Lead; Albeit Injuries

The Flyers are one win away from advancing to the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The 7th seeded Flyers are one win away from knocking off the 2nd seeded Devils and their Hall of Fame goalie and their overpriced Russian sniper. The Flyers beat the Devils handedly last night 4-1 with two goals from Jeff Carter, a blast from Danny Briere, and another nice goal by Dan Carcillo. The problem? We have some injuries to deal with, of course. Jeff Carter’s foot is bothering him again and Gagne fractured a toe blocking a shot on the PK last night. They will both be out for Game 5 tomorrow.

This comes as terrible news because not only was Jeff Carter just finding his scoring touch again, Gagne has been all over the ice using physical play and his speed to create chances. Richards and Carcillo have both been benefactors of Gagne’s presence on the ice through this series, and Gags has been SO close to scoring numerous times this week. It’s a shame that they will have to be out, yet I think the Flyers are still in a great position. You can’t replace guys like that in the line-up, but they can definitely be back for the next series if the Flyers take care of business.

You’re going to hear the comparisons to 2000 yet again because Brian Boucher and the Flyers are up 3-1 just like in 2000. The Devils came back from the 3-1 deficit to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Final and we all know what happened then. The Flyers cannot, and will not let that happen again. They have a shot to do it in New Jersey tomorrow, and another one in Philly on Saturday. Let’s hope they can get it done within those two games because I do not want to be in a Game 7 back in their building. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in Playoffs

 

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Flyers Look to Take 3-1 Lead

Alright I’ve been a bit lax on posting lately. Had a real busy weekend but I did get to see the Flyers lose in New Jersey and come back to Philly to take a 2-1 series lead thanks to a Dan Carcillo OT goal.

Tonight’s game will be a series changer either way you look at it. If the Flyers win, they go back to New Jersey with a 3-1 lead and a chance to take a strong hold of the series. It puts the pressure on the Marty and Devils who would need to fight in every game to not lose and go home for good. If the Devils win, it’s a 2-2 series and the Devils have momentum and home-ice back on their side going back to their home crowd.

Expect Krajicek and Parent to be that 3rd pairing again as they played a much better game collectively on Sunday night. Richards needs to continue getting involved in the offense until guys like Carter and Briere find their niche and produce some offense like we’re paying them to do. Not much else to be said about tonight… a win would be huge.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Playoffs

 

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