The Philadelphia Flyers apparently like to live life with their backs against the wall. From the last game of the regular season, where they narrowly made into the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, to tonight’s unforgettable win against the Boston Bruins, the Flyers have been hanging by a thread for over a month now.
Tonight, they did something that only two teams in NHL history have done. Philadelphia came back from a three games to zero defiicit, winning four straight to defeat the Bruins, in Boston at that. Only the 1975 New York Islanders, and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs have accomplished the feat before.
To put things in a bigger perspective, only one other time has this been accomplished in all other professional sports, the Boston Red Sox came back from 3-0 against the Yankees in 2004 on their way to a World Series victory.
As if coming from down three games wasn’t “back against the wall” enough, the Flyers started out this game by giving up three goals in the first fifteen minutes. Apparently that’s how Flyers left wing Simon Gagne wanted it though, because with just over seven minutes to go and a penalty against the Bruins for having six men on the ice, Gagne gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead.
The Flyers and their fans will have an incredible story to tell for years to come, but how will this incredible story end?
Possibly the Stanley Cup, but first, the Flyers will take on unlikely opponent, the eighth seeded Montreal Canadiens, beginning Sunday night in Philadelphia.