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Flyers hope their history repeats itself

Posted on: June 1, 2010 7:55 pm

PHILADELPHIA -- If there’s a bright side for the Flyers to being in a situation that is almost impossible, it’s having been in one before. Not very long ago in fact.

Philadelphia was actually worse off in round two when it lost the first three games to Boston, so there is something for the Flyers to draw on. And that's probably the biggest reason the Flyers aren’t getting all bent out of shape after dropping the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals in Chicago.

“We're way past that that mental thing,” said Flyers coach Peter Laviolette after the team returned home to prep for the crucial Game 3 on Wednesday. “If you're asking if this team can overcome obstacles or overcome adversity, we've been towing that line since Christmas.

“I don't think you get to this point in the season where you're 29th at Christmas and not be able to overcome adversity.  We it did all year.  We did it at the end of the year.  We did it in the first round.  We did it without players.  We did it in the second round.  This team is capable.  I'm 100% confident in that this team is capable.”

Maybe. Despite the two one-goal losses, the Flyers were not really outplayed by the heavily-favored Blackhawks and might have come away with at least one victory had a bounce or two gone in their favor. And Philadelphia dominated the third period of Game 2, only to be frustrated by some great work by Chicago goalie Antti Niemi.

It was arguably the best 20 minute effort by either team so far in a series in which neither one has looked consistently impressive and has featured more in the way of sloppiness and breakdowns than skill and talent.

But the bottom line is that Niemi has been just a little bit better overall than Philadelphia’s Michael Leighton and the Blackhawks have able to find ways to win one game that had a run-and-gun flavor and another that was tighter and more physical. And that puts the Flyers in a precarious position since 31 of the previous 33 teams that have done so have gone on to win the Stanley Cup.

“We had a little bit of a meeting and we were reminded of the Boston Series were we played well and did a lot of good things and found ourselves down 0-2, so it's not the time to get discouraged or to try to do different things on the ice,” Flyers captain Mike Richards said. “I think if we keep plugging along the way we have been playing, and doing the things we have been doing, the results are going to come.”

Obviously that’s the way the Flyers have to approach things. They have overcome difficult situations all season and they have done some things well in this series, most notably containing the Blackhawks top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien. Between them, the Chicago unit has managed just one assist so far, which could be interpreted as a troubling sign because it hasn’t prevented the Blackhawks from coming out on the long end of scores.

“We have four lines that can contribute offensively, and that's the reason we're here,” said Patrick Sharp

And being here is another reason for the Flyers to be concerned issue since Chicago is carrying a seven-game winning streak on the road into Philadelphia. The upside though is that Flyers will get the advantage of the last line change which should help with the matchups, and Philadelphia has won seven in a row in its own building.

Still the Flyers will have to find ways of getting the Blackhawks to play at the pace they want and to get more traffic in front of Niemi. And avoiding another poor start, which could take crowd out of the game, wouldn’t hurt.

“Looking at the chances for and against in both games, we feel we're ahead of them, we’re just missing a little something around the net,” Danny Briere said. “But you need four wins to win a Series.  With our team, it seems like we like to grind it out, make it tough. We're a team that can go a long ways with the way we play.”

And maybe make a little more history along the way.


Category: NHL

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: June 3, 2010 12:02 pm

Flyers hope their history repeats itself


You miss my point by me saying that the series could easily be 2-0 Flyers.  The point is that the series is close and to all the Hawks fans acting like homers - as if you won the series already - YOU HAVEN'T

The Flyers are just as good as the Hawks as they have shown through 3 games now, and lets play this one out before anyone gets the Cup handed to them!!!

Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2010 8:58 am

Flyers hope their history repeats itself

It's not an excuse it's a fact.

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2010 11:33 pm

Flyers hope their history repeats itself

...he typed nervously, only moments after the realization that the slimmest of margins his team had won by in games one and two was not, or had ever been, a given.

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2010 7:33 pm

Flyers hope their history repeats itself

Hey Lefty, you keep saying they could be up 2-0 just as easily.. BUT THEY ARE NOT! you get nothing for being close, stop using the excuse that they could have won.

Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: June 2, 2010 6:26 pm

Flyers hope their history repeats itself

Hey, Vision20/40 - well said. I wish we could see more posts like yours written with class. I'm a Flyer fan but the Hawks should be the favorite as they have been consistent all year & were the 2nd seed in the West. I'd love to see this one go 7 but the Flyers need the next two for sure. The way they are playing, it is entirely possible. The Hawks have not dominated the 1st two games & were actually outplayed so LET'S GO FLYERS!!

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2010 6:14 pm

Flyers hope their history repeats itself

I believe Phil went "straight mustache" for at least the first 3 championships. The beard later developed in an asthetic attempt to trade up for a younger wife, not to win more titles.

As for the Hawks, their history is indeed embarrassing, in particular the dark, tv-limited 95-07 era. But here's the thing: we do not have to live in the past any longer. Unless Leighton seriously outplays Niemi for the rest of the series, you can go ahead and hang the banner at the UC.

Since: Dec 18, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2010 5:56 pm

Flyers hope their history repeats itself

I mentioned this to a friend over the weekend. His response was that Phil Jackson had a beard. I retorted that there is also a mustache attached to the beard.

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2010 4:05 pm

Flyers hope their history repeats itself

20 plus years, try 40 plus years.

Chicago's last cup - 1961 !!!!


I am a Chicagoan who is a Philadelphia sports fan because of Franchises in this GREAT City Like the Hawks and the Cubs.

It is inexcusable that our Great City - Chicago has suffered from terrible sports teams like this for so long!!!!

That said, I chose Philly as my teams when i should have chose The Yanks for Baseball, the Lakers for BBALL, the Red Wings for Hockey, and the 9ers for football.


Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2010 4:00 pm

Flyers hope their history repeats itself

Your points that the Hawks are not the Bruins are obvious, BUT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ARTICLE!!!!!

The point of the article is simply that the Flyers have played well in this series and beleive that they can come back from being down 2-0.  They have overcome a lot all year and now they have to overcome a 2-0 deficit, but they obviously can, as they have shown all season, and could easily be up 2-0 in this series if it werent for a few bounces going against them.

Of course we shall see Wednesday!!!!

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2010 11:41 am

Flyers hope their history repeats itself

I think you might be on to something valpo.  This is a very valid argument.  Flyers should take note.  Carcillo or Asham should skate up to Joel and rip off his mustache.  Take a penalty, ejection, fine, w/e.  Let's get it done!!!

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