It's no secret that we do not like the Flyers around here. Aside from just ripping on their fans, hating their players, and generally despising everything about the city Toronto also has some painful playoff history with the Philadelphia Flyers. The last playoff memory that we have is of Jeremy Roenick pouncing on a loose puck and firing a wrist shot over Eddie Belfour's glove hand to eliminate the Leafs. So normally we'd be cheering against them with every fibre of our being.
However, after completing a pretty impressive comeback, they face the Montreal Canadiens. Forget people that try to bury the rivalry. The Montreal Canadiens are in their first conference final in 17 years. Think about that for a second. The team with the most Stanley Cups including one in every decade has not won two playoff series in one Spring in 17 years. They have not even been good for the majority of those years. They are well on their way to falling off of their pedestal and becoming a team that treads solely on its history and not on any recent achievements. As Leaf fans, we know that making a Stanley Cup final is just like winning one. If you didn't know that just ask any Canucks fan. So yeah, it'll make me sick but...Go Flyers...BOOOOO SANTA! YAY PARALYSIS! *sticks finger down my throat* BLEARRRRRGH! Oh God, this is going to be tougher than I thought.
Links after the jump:
Habs win series, Burke wins another trade " maple stir-up
I have to say I am actually shocked at how poorly Ponikarovsky did in Pittsburgh. I was convinced he'd be a great fit. I bet he was depressed at leaving Toronto.
1942 - Fallen Leafs
No matter who does it going forward the Leafs will always be first.
Sports And The City: Stealing Home: The Great Outdoors
God, this is 100 different kinds of awesome.
Special Teams may determine success against Chicago - Fear The Fin
The Canucks-Hawks series ended up tied at 12 goals apiece at even strength. Special teams are going to be, to put it mildly, important.
GREATEST COMEBACK IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS. FLYERS WIN 4-3! - Broad Street Hockey
3rd greatest but great nonetheless.
Blue Chip Prospects: The Man Crush II
Building on the Man Crush Fanpost here are BCP's selections.
PuckDrawn: Friday Afternoon NHL Expansion Design Concepts
I love concept uniforms. Puck Drawn is having an expansion competition.
Pass or Fail: Removing the 'C' from Roberto Luongo - Puck Daddy
The ENTIRE hockey world KNEW that this was a bad idea. Trust Vancouver fans and management to clue in a year later.
The Daily Line " Puck The Media
I think Steve has a crush on Jenn Sterger. Also, this show sounds like it has potential.
Live From The Five Hole - Episode 6 - Second City Hockey
Now everyone has a podcast...
Vintage Leaf Memories: Red Kelly
Punch Imlach used to know his hockey. This was one of the great trades in team history
Sporting Madness: The NHL's greatest upset?
Any excuse to post a Rocky clip is a good one.
Here's a special Behind The Net section on the Montreal Canadiens and their fans and their fear of numbers
- On Montreal's strategy of getting outshot and outchanced
- Something MF37 has mentioned frequently "Just make the playoffs and anything can happen" means "anything but win the Stanley Cup"
- Those in the know are voting with their wallet against the Habs
- Durrr, numbers hurt my head oh and read on in the comments for Montreal fans trying to divorce the fanbase from any responsibility for the looting and rioting.
- More on how the Habs were buried in chances