Monday, May 24, 2010

The Flyers are Eastern Conference Champions!!

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
And the unlikely run continues. It's shocking, really, that the Flyers, who were a shootout goal away from not even making the playoffs, are now moving on to the Stanley Cup Finals following a tense 4-2 win over the Canadiens in Game 5. The win gave the Flyers a 4-1 series win and moved them onto the Finals where they will face a tough Blackhawks team that is fresh off a sweep of the Sharks in the West.

As has become the norm, the heroes for the Flyers in Game 5 came from several sources, with a usual suspect like Mike Richards scoring a hustle short-handed goal, Arron Asham scoring the unlikely goal and Jeff Carter contributing two goals, one on an empty net, in his first points since the first round. Michael Leighton wasn't great in net for the Flyers but he made just enough saves and the Flyers blocked just enough shots in the final minutes to hold on for the win.

The Flyers are now just 4 wins away from winning the biggest prize in hockey. Before we start planning a parade, though, it's going to be a tough 4 wins to get against a scary-good Blackhawks team. For now, let's just enjoy the ride this team has taken us on and worry about Chicago later. It has taken so much heart and so much determination for them to get this far, I for one don't doubt that they can give the city it's first Stanley Cup in 35 years.

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