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s18- Flyers Three Round Wrap-Up [WB13]

2021-07-18

The back-to-back Presidents Trophy winning Philadelphia Flyers came into this postseason with a chip on their shoulder. Last season, the squad was ousted in the semifinals at the hands of the Boston Bruins, a team they did not drop a single game to in the regular season. The upset gave the team a mindset of not underestimating their opponent, as they got set to take-on the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens in the first round.

Montreal was the Flyers easiest matchup of the first three rounds, but featured the Flyers most grueling game. Game Four in Montreal was a 3OT marathon that saw the Flyers squander a late two-goal lead in the third period. Ruslan Fedotenko, who’s been an unsung hero of quite a few Flyers playoff appearances so far, ended the game midway through that third OT, which gave the Flyers the momentum they needed to go back home and close out the series in Game 5. 

Montreal, while viewed as an inferior opponent, had a hot start to their season, but squeaked into the playoffs. They were an older team, but those core pieces will certainly supplement the Candadiens bright future. The Canadiens will be back in future seasons by having two of the best junior hockey players on the planet, Patrick Kane and Nicklas Backstrom.

Round Two the Flyers would go against their interstate rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. For a long time this rivalry was just the Penguins holding a death grip on the Flyers. This year was different. The Flyers did not drop a single regular season game to the Penguins, and would only drop one game in this playoff round. The first two games of the series were so tight that they were decided in OT. Game One, Ruslan Fedotenko would again be an overtime hero. Game Two, yet another 3OT game that saw veteran offseason free agent acquisition, Glen Murray, end it. The teams would travel down Interstate-76 west to Pittsburgh where they would split games, and back to Philly where the Flyers would again clinch on home ice.

Pittsburgh was a very tough opponent, as they were able to hold Jaromir Jagr and Alexander Ovechkin to just two goals apiece throughout the entire series. That is not an easy feat, as the two wingers won the Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy in consecutive seasons, respectively. If not for heroic secondary scoring, the Flyers likely would be hitting the links right now.

This would mark the Flyers first appearance in the Eastern Conference Final. A feat the team never achieved under former coach Randy Carlyle, who’s current club, the Ottawa Senators, failed to do the same, as they squander a commanding series lead to the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers attribute their success to this point partially to new head coach, and former Stanley Cup Champion, Jacques Martin.

The Devils, GM Wrights beloved team as a kid, would be the last Eastern Conference team standing in the way of the Flyers making their first Stanley Cup FInals appearance. The Flyers knew the Devils presented a big challenge, as they were the biggest thorn during the regular season of the teams they played. It would prove true, as this series would go the distance with both teams trading blows in the first six games. The Flyers took the series lead in Games 1, 3 and 5, and Devils tied it up in games 2, 4, and 6. During Game Five, Flyers fourth line center, Mike Zigomanis suffered what will likely be a season ending injury. The 28 year old was acquired from St. Louis during the offseason for Eric Perrin, Jani Hurme and a 4th. Rookie winger Jack Skille, 21, stepped into the line-up for what would be his first VHL game since last postseason. Skille logged 11 games during the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but still has yet to register a regular season game. The team finds him extremely useful come playoff time for his defensive game and penalty killing abilities. 

Game Sevens tend to be a coin flip, but the Flyers home ice advantage would prove to be huge, as they would go on to win 3-1. While this series faced no overtime games, the Devils outshot the Flyers in every game except Game One. Former Flyers goalie Manny Fernandez, and forward Sergei Brylin gave it their all. It got quite emotional for them when it came time to congratulate some of their former longtime teammates and coaches in the handshake line.

Our Stanley Cup Final Preview will drop later this week, as the Flyers take-on the bloodthirsty San Jose Sharks.


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