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Sealing the Deal

May 24, 2010

With a 3-1 series lead over the Montreal Canadiens, the Flyers have this series well in hand, and have nothing to worry about, right?

Obviously, based on the way that this year’s playoffs have gone, this is not the case.  For evidence, simply look at what happened to the Capitals and the Bruins.  Both teams had seemingly commanding leads, and only needed to win one more game to put away their opponents.  They both eventually lost the series, dropping a game seven at home.

Since the Flyers were the team that came back against the Bruins, they should know very well that no lead in the playoffs is safe.  And if this Flyers team is capable of coming back from an 0-3 deficit, they’re probably capable of blowing a 3-1 lead as well.

They need to remember that everything that has happened in this series up to now means nothing.  It doesn’t matter that the Flyers have shut the Canadiens out in three of the four games.  It doesn’t matter that they dominated the Canadiens on their home ice in game four.  Once the puck drops tonight, the score is 0-0, and both teams have an equal chance to win.

I’m hoping that they learned their lesson from game three.  In that game, they didn’t seem ready to play and the Canadiens jumped on them from the start.  The end result was a convincing Montreal win by a score of 5-1.  The Canadiens aren’t going to simply give up.  It will take full effort from the Flyers to put them away.

And each game that goes by without the Flyers sealing the deal will just increase the pressure on them.  If they lose game five, then they have to return to Montreal and face the Canadiens at home.  And if they lose that one, then they’re facing a do-or-die game seven.  And based on how these playoffs have gone, do the Flyers really want it to come down to an “anything can happen” one game series?  It would be best for them if they just took care of business tonight.

So here’s to a well fought victory tonight and the Flyers earning their first Eastern Conference championship since 1997.  Otherwise…things might start to get a bit nervous.

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