Flyers send the Devils to … golf courseby Eric Schwartz
Farewell New Jersey. Hello Washington?
The Flyers did what seemed unthinkable just two weeks ago getting past the first round of the playoffs and doing so in convincing fashion.
Claude Giroux showed why he will be a star in this league for a long time, scoring two goals and assisting on a Danny Briere tally.
And as he has been all series, Brian Boucher was sensational in net giving the Devils nothing in a 3-0 Flyers win that closed the series at 4-1.
The Flyers will play the Capitals in the next round assuming Washington finishes off the Montreal, who they lead 3-1 in their series.
It’s not so surprising that the Flyers won this series, it’s how they won it. After playing inconsistent all season long Philadelphia managed to play quality hockey for five straight games. The Flyers looked better in a Game 2 loss than they did in a Game 1 win, and have gotten better each game. This is the exact style of play fans expected when this team was picked to win the Cup in the preseason.
Does Washington scare me? Absolutely, especially with Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne out of the lineup. Ian Laperriere could also miss time after taking a slap shot to the face while sliding to block a shot. He was bloodied and may have a fractured jaw, but he is a hockey player in every sense of the word, so expect him in back in the lineup for the next game.
This win and this series showed the style of play Philadelphia fans expect out of their hockey teams. The Flyers were gritty, tough, hard-working and did any thing and everything to make sure the team would not be denied.
So sure I fear the Capitals a little. But right now, Washington should also fear Philadelphia.
The Flyers were never supposed to be underdogs. But now that they are, they are certainly rolling with it.