Thursday, May 5, 2011
Philadelphia Flyers..."We've Got Boston Right Where We Want Them"
The Flyers Fold____
Last year my favorite NHL team, the Philly Flyers, fell behind the Boston Bruins, 3 games to none. The Broad Street Bullies battled back to tie the series at 3 games, then fell behind at Boston in game 7 by a 3-0 score...and battled back once again, to win that game and the series by 4-3 counts. They then won the East and moved on to the finals, where they lost to Chicago 4 games to 2. It was only the 3rd time in the more than 70 years of the Stanley Cup that a team down three to none, had came back to capture a series. Chicago came close this year to doing the same thing, only to fall in overtime of game 7 to Vancouver in round #1. The Flyers now get a chance to do it twice in two years against the same team. Don't Bet On It happening.
Meanwhile East regular season champs Washington were swept out of the playoffs by Tampa Bay 4 games to none...and out West, Detroit's Red Wings are about to become the Dead Wings...losing on a late goal, then in OT to San Jose. Detroit is down 3-0, like the Flyers. The only competitive series thus far in the second round has been upstart Nashville against the regular season overall champions, Vancouver's Canucks. Vancouver leads that series 2-1, with game 4 in Nashville tonight. I gotta believe NBC executives are gnashing their teeth. While hoping for a Detroit vs Boston or Philadelphia finals..they are likely to get Vancouver or San Jose vs Tampa Bay...wouldn't that be a ratings disaster?
With my spring baseball winding down, and the Flyers on the verge of folding their tents until October...I can concentrate on getting my Sunflowers planted(if it ever dries out), enjoying the Michigan Mushroom hunt next week, and following the Reds, while sitting on the back steps enjoying a few cold stouts and some good cigars....come on sunshine and warm weather.
Photos---It looks like the Stanley Cup will avoid the Flyers again this year...36 seasons and counting....and Mushroom, Beer, and Cigars, are on the schedule for our Michigan Mushroom outing starting next week....