Many in Philadelphia were just happy to be in the picture when the Stanley Cup Finals rolled around.
Despite knocking off New Jersey in five games in the first round, the Flyers were a seventh seeded team, that was just destined to flatline and bow gracefully out of a series.
Don’t tell the guys wearing Orange and Black that though. After game four, the Philadelphia Flyers have forced a best of three Stanley Cup Finals – all they have to do is keep winning at home, and figure out how to win just one in Chicago.
A best of seven series has pros for both clubs.
Chicago – Keep winning at home. Ryan Miller said in Round One after the Sabres dropped a home game to the Boston Bruins, “They only tell you that you have to win four games, luckily they don’t tell you what four games you have to win.” With home ice advantage the Hawks are guaranteed four games. And wouldn’t it be sweeter to win it at home after all these years anyways? Who cares if you get no love from the city of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia – the longer they stay in a series; the more likely they are to win it. Philly is not a slouch team. These are the same Philadelphia Flyers that came back from being down 3-0 in a Stanley Cup Playoff Series to win 4-3. Leighton is the same goaltender who shut Montreal out three games out of five in order to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. At this point as a seventh seed, Flyers fans don’t care where they win it. (It would be sweet though to have them win it in Philly.)
Is it wrong to have a love affair with Game 7? Theres nothing better than a game 7 Stanley Cup Final. There have been 14 Game 7 situtation in the Stanley Cup Finals:
2005 CAROLINA 3, Edmonton 1
2004 TAMPA BAY 2, Calgary 1
2003 NEW JERSEY 3, Anaheim 0
2001 COLORADO 3, New Jersey 1
1994 NY RANGERS 3, Vancouver 2
1987 EDMONTON 3, Philadelphia 1
1971 Montreal 3, CHICAGO 2
1965 MONTREAL 4, Chicago 0
1964 TORONTO 4, Detroit 0
1955 DETROIT 3, Montreal 1
1954 DETROIT 2, Montreal 1, OT
1950 DETROIT 4, NY Rangers 3, 2OT
1945 Toronto 2, DETROIT 1
1942 TORONTO 3, Detroit 1
(Home Team In Caps).
Only Six of those 14 were settled in my lifetime. Ooh, there’s that magic number 7 again.