The Flyers accomplished the impossible in the Boston series, so there’s no reason they can’t do again against the Canadiens.¬† I hope they come out strong tonight and don’t put themselves in another tough situation.
They can deal with it, if it happens though because a team that can¬† come back in a seven game series where they find themselves down by three and come back also when they’re down by three in the seventh game, you can’t ever give up on them.
You can belive the Wachovia Center is going to be emotionally-charged tonight and an early Flyers lead will make things very difficult for Montreal.
Nobody will be shocked if the Flyboys get the job done again in this round, but it’s going to take some outstanding play against a team which has beaten both the Capitals and the Penguins in previous rounds.
The return of Simon Gagne has a been a major factor in the Flyers about face but the importance of Danny Briere and Mike Richards couldn’t be overemphasized.
They’ve also gotten some clutch performances from James van Riemsdyk and Scott Hartnell.
They’re probably not going to destroy the Canadiens with scoring but the Flyers¬† forwards must take advantage of their opportunities.
Somebody wrote me last night on the GCobb.com Facebook page when I was on 610-WIP and said it was fate that Brian Boucher got injured when Michael Leighton was ready.¬† I don’t know if it was fate but the Flyers have gotten consistently solid play from their goallies and that needs to continue.
He knows he can’t play like he did in the first period of the seventh game against Boston but he rebounded then and I think he’ll be ready to play well in this series.