Down three games to none.
Down 3-0 in the seventh game.
They’re like Rasputin (only more evil).
Whatever, it’s Canadiens vs. Flyers for a ticket to the Big Dance.
The team that qualified for the playoffs on the last Saturday of the regular season vs. the team that sneaked in on Sunday.
So everyone knows about Chris Pronger, Mike Richards and Simon Gagné.
Add the surprise of the playoffs: Daniel Brière.
And two really good young ‘uns: Claude Giroux and James Van Riemsdyk.
But no R.J.F. Umberger.
Or Martin Biron.
The last playoff game between these teams was on May 3, 2008.
It did not go well.
The aforementioned Umberger scored twice in a 6-4 Flyers’ win at the Bell Centre, and the first-place regular season team went home.
The last regular-season meeting was the first of back-to-back shutouts Jaro Halak hung on the Flyers and Sabres in early April.
I would have preferred Boston, for sentimental and strategic reasons.
But in the words of every second person you meet these days, it is what it is.
Sunday night at the Wachovia Center.
Fasten your chinstraps.
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Possible stress point for the Flyers?
An overworked four-man D.
Pronger played a superhuman 31:42 in Game 7. Matt Carle’s ToI was 26:55, Kimmo Timonene’s 26:06 and Braydon Coburn clocked 24:46.
Th number 5 and 6 D, Andreas Nodl and Ryan Parant, played 6:09 and 2:21 respectively.
And this was aaginst the Boston Bruins, a team that can’t score at the best of times and certainly couldn’t without Marco Sturm and David Krecji.
Pronger may find 32 minutes will seem longer against Cammalleri, Gionta, Gomez, Plekanec, AK46 …. to to mention P.K.
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What’s with the Bruins and Too Many Men penalties at the most inopportune moments?