Flyers playing the part of 2004 Red Soxby Eric Schwartz
On October 16 2004 fans of the Boston Red Sox went home from Fenway knowing their team’s season was on the verge of coming to an end. The Red Sox had just been buried 19-8 in front of their home crowd and had fallen into a 3-0 hole against the hated New York Yankees.
What happened next went into baseball history as the Red Sox won the next four games becoming the first baseball team to erase an 3-0 deficit and win a series.
I bring this up not just because of the fact that the Flyers recently came back from a 3-0 hole to win a series, but also because of what happened next for the Red Sox – and may happen for the Flyers.
With all of their momentum from coming back on the Yankees, Boston went to the World Series and steamrolled the St. Louis Cardinals, in the form of a 4-0 sweep.
Steamrolled is the perfect word for what happened last night as the Flyers dominated every facet of the game, beating the Montreal Canadiens 6-0.
Everyone knew the Flyers were the bigger team in the series, but few could have expected that kind of whipping. On Tuesday we will find out if Sunday’s performance was just carryover from Game 7 or it was a sign of things to come. I don’t expect the Canadians to just roll over the way the Cardinals did , but it’s also hard to imagine the Flyers losing Game 2 at home.
Of course if this playoffs has taught us anything, it’s that nothing will go as planned. But here’s hoping the Flyers follow the same path as those 2004 Red Sox.