Let’s face it: the Stanley Cup Finals will be a nightmare to watch for Flyers fans.
One scenario will see the hated neighboring-state rival New Jersey Devils raise their fourth Cup in 18 years, pouring more salt in the wounds of Flyers fans who haven’t seen their team celebrate in almost four decades.
The other scenario will see the Los Angeles Kings win their first ever Stanley Cup, a team modeled after the Flyers organization thanks to former head coach John Stevens (assistant coach), former goalie great Ron Hextall (assistant general manager), and former scout Dean Lombardi (president and general manager).
But why not root for the Western Conference team? Because of two former Flyers named Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.
The only Flyer playing with any "jam" was the only one who doesn't have the ability to score goals.
The Devils exhausted Ilya Bryzgalov by controlling the game against a flat Flyers team, winning 4-1 in Game 2 and evening the series up heading to North Jersey.
The Flyers wasted a brilliant first two periods by Bryzgalov, who was worn down by the constant Devils rush presented to him.
“I think he was our best player by far tonight and one of the best games I’ve seen him play in a long time," said forward Eric Wellwood. "I think it shows a lot of confidence that he stopped the puck and everything. I wish we could have gotten the win for him.”
Being eliminated in game seven is always heart-breaking, even if you weren't supposed to be there in the first place.
The Ottawa Senators were not picked to make the playoffs by anyone save delusional fans, and have had what can only be called a stellar season. The team was selecting by many pundits, analysts, writers, bloggers, and even fans to finish in the bottom two in the conference. I predicted tenth place, which was still outside of the playoffs.
The reality of the rebuild has been much different. The team has been inconsistent this season - a hallmark of young teams - but exciting at all times. This team skates with passion and comes to play every night, even the b...
Finally! After a long 82 game schedule the Blues can really get down to business. Champions are not made in the regular season, but are made through the playoffs. This time around, this St. Louis Blues team could make a strong run. They have the home ice set for at least the first two rounds, and looking at their record at home they could not ask for anything better coming into their first playoff game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.
But is home ice enough for these youthful Blues to take down a perennial Western Conference powerhouse in the Sharks? This preview should be able to sort all those questions out and more.
It's night one of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and The Checking Line will be right there with you as we cover the two marquee games of the night!
At 7:30PM, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers will take their rivalry to new heights as the meet in the first round in the Eastern Conference. Plenty of Flyers writers will be there to take in the action with you.
Then, at 8:00PM, the Detroit Red Wings will be in Nashville to take on the Predators in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Can the Wings overcome their recent struggles and take out a Predator team that seems on a mission to finally put things together? Our Red Wings staff...