Who needs home ice advantage? Flyers complete amazing comeback

OK, show of hands here… when the playoffs began a month ago, who here predicted a Philly-Montreal matchup in the eastern finals?

put down your hand down Smoothie

Well, that’s exactly what we have isn’t it…and  Whodda-thunkit?

The Philadelphia Flyers trailed three games to zero in the series and roared back to force a game-seven. They then trailed 3-0 in Friday night’s deciding game…and roared back to win the game and the series 4-3. The difference was a very sloppy too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty at the 11:10 mark of the third period that lead to Simone Gange’s game-winner with just 18 seconds remaining in the man advantage.

After finding themselves down 3-0, Scott Hartnell and the Flyers trip up the Bruins the rest of the way (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

After finding themselves down 3-0, Scott Hartnell and the Flyers tripped up the Bruins the rest of the way (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Flyers now join the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs as the only teams that have overcome an Oh-three playoff series hole to win four straight games.

For Bruins fans, this has to sting tremendously. Their team had seemingly righted their ship after seeing their three-games advantage whittled away by taking a 3-0 lead with just over 14 minutes elapsed in the first period… two of those goals of the power play variety. But the Flyers chipped away at the lead…just as they had in this series.

James van Riemsdyk scored what would turn out to be a very important goal with just under three minutes left in the opening period to get his team back to within a pair. It was van Riemsdyk’s first goal of this post-season.

Scott Hartnell’s second playoff goal this spring got it to 3-2 at the beginning of the second and then Danny Briere’s wrap-around tied the score at the 8:39 mark of the middle stanza.

The Flyers defense held the Bruins to just 11 shots on goal in the final two periods.

This historical comeback sets the stage for another bit of history. For the first time in the NHL playoffs a seventh-seeded team will face off against an eighth-seed in the conference finals. Philly will have the home ice advantage in the series… but so far in the playoffs, it really hasn’t turned out really to be any “advantage”. All four game-sevens have seen the away team eliminate the home side.

Who wins the Eastern Conference Finals?

  • #7 Philadelphia Flyers (51%, 33 Votes)
  • #8 Montreal Canadiens (49%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 65

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In complete contrast, the with Western Conference Finals has the top two seeded teams squaring off…with the San Jose Sharks holding that home ice “advantage” over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Canadiens and Flyers split the four games they played this past season. On December 7 the Canadiens won 3-1 in Montreal…then just prior to the Olympic break, they played back-to-back games with the Flyers winning 3-2 at home and then going to Montreal to spank the Canadiens 6-2…finally, on April 2 the Habs blanked Philly 1-0 in Philadelphia.

The way things have gone so far in the playoffs, nothing would surprise me in regards to who wins the two remaining series. But for the record, I have the Habs and Blackhawks winning in seven games.

Yes, that’s right…that would mean two more away teams knocking off the home squads in a seventh and deciding game.

Nasty Nester AAHL Team in Finals

If you find yourself in or around the Alpharetta area Saturday night and have been jonesin’ for a little live hockey action…maybe you should poke your head in the door of the Cooler Ice Rick located off on Mansell Road. The Lower A ‘Badgers’ will be participating in the AAHL championship game…a team made up by a number of my Nasty Nest friends, including former Thrashers Seventh Fan award winner Sally Cersosimo.

I was contacted this week by “Monkey” who tells me, “There are currently 4 teams at various levels in the AAHL that have roots from the Nasty Nest. From what I understand, we are the first “Nest Team” that could win a championship in the three years that we have all been involved”.

Game time is 8:15 pm and should be a good time.

Hey…ya think maybe we in the crowd can get a good ‘ol “goalie chant” going?

53 comments Add your comment

Downtown ATL

May 14th, 2010
11:03 pm

Downtown ATL

May 14th, 2010
11:18 pm

They say NHL play-off hockey is a war of attrition and the Boston-Philly series explains why. Philly weathers the loss of Carter and Boucher (don’t forget Laperriere) but hang around long enough to get Gagne back. Boston loses Sturm and Krejci and can’t survive.

Now I’m thinking Philly could run this thing…

Gagne
Richards
Asham
Pronger
Hartnell
Carcillo
Briere
Giroux
Laviolette (some one please lip read that 1st period time out)

Brendan

May 14th, 2010
11:32 pm

Pfft. My picks blow. I was 6-2 in the opening round, much better than I usually do, and I had visions of a 10-5 year. Uhhh. Well … I kinda went 1-3 in Round II, to be 7-5 right now, which ISSSS actually about where I normally am at this juncture. I feel a bit like George Costanza at moments like this. Perhaps, I should do “the opposite.” So, I’m leaning towards Montreal, so that means Philadelphia will win. So, the Flyers are my pick. I don’t know how many games. I have to think the series goes at least six games, no matter who wins. Actually, watch. It’ll be a sweep, since a sweep would be “the opposite” of what I think.

Go Flyers!!!!

I can’t even believe what I’ve just seen. I saw it, and I still don’t believe it. Simon Gagne gets cleared to play in Game Four, then scores the OT winner to stave off elimination. They force a 7th game, only to trail 3-0, then win 4-3. Amazing. The Flyers are the “Rasputans” of the Eastern Conference. You just can’t kill them off.

Remember something else, folks. In Game 82, the Flyers had to win … just to make the playoffs. The game went to overtime, unresolved. So, “King Henry,” Mr. Lundqvist vs. Brian Boucher, in the “skills competition.” Who won? Duh. And with that Flyer win, Philly avoided having to face Washington by leapfrogging (no pun intended) the Habs for 7th spot. With that, Philly avoided not only Washington, but Pittsburgh, too. But now, they have to face the team who did the Flyers BIDDING for them, Montreal. The Habs won’t lie down and die for them. There will be plenty who say the Canadiens are the favorites, with Halak a bonafide MVP candidate, along with Mike Cammalleri.

Side note, does this sort of “absolve” Kovalchuk and the Devils for the 1st round exit? Especially if the Flyers do claim the Prince of Wales trophy over the next two weeks?

Boston fans, you do have my sympathy. In 2009, your Bruins were the #1 seed and bowed out to Carolina in Round II, in overtime of Game 7. That’s rough. This year didn’t go as planned, and the Bruins found themselves in sixth spot. But with a win over Buffalo, they drew a favorable opponent in Philadelphia, with home ice. This is going to hurt you Bruin fans for a long time. This is only the third time in league history that something like this has happened. And you just KNOWWWW that the NHL Network will run this series AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN in their “Classic Series” one-hour segments. Game Four … in overtime … it could have all ended. Bygones. Chins up, Bruin fans. “This, too, shall pass.”

Out West, I do have Chicago. So, my Stanley Cup Finals are Chicago vs. Philly. That means that you, my fellow posters, should take San Jose vs. Montreal. If it is San Jose vs. Montreal, I’ll take the Sharks to win the Cup. When it was Calgary vs. TB, the Lightning won. Read: Non-traditional market. When it was Edmonton vs. Carolina, the ‘Canes won. Read: Non-traditional market. When it was Anaheim vs. Ottawa, the Ducks won. Read: Non-traditional market. And in 2010, it may well be San Jose vs. Montreal. I’d pick that Finals matchup, but in Georgia Costanza’s (Seinfeld) honor, I will pick “the opposite.” Nothing adds up in this year’s playoffs. You might as well flip some coins, ‘cuz the coins are gonna do better than your picks. I know they have in my case. I am 2-3-7 against my coin flips, in the 12 series. I’ve yet to flip the coins for the CF, but when I do, I’ll let you know who they’ve chosen to win. It’s embarrassing for me to be losing to coin flips, but heyyy, “it is what it is.” If only Maggie, the Monkey hadn’t retired. Maybe I’d be doing better than she is? Maggie might be 7-5, at this point, just like me. Red Light, how are your picks doing?

Brendan

May 14th, 2010
11:36 pm

Trixie, could you salvage my post?

Brendan

May 14th, 2010
11:52 pm

Folks, tonight was history being made. No doubt about it. I regret not recording it. But I suspect it will be replayed on the NHL Network tomorrow. That was a game and series for the ages. They should title this series, “3-0, the worst lead in hockey.” Kinda catchy.

Well Red Light, Smoothie, WBF, JF and others, what do you think of GM Paul Holmgren and Head Coach Peter Laviolette now? Holmgren made a coaching change this year. And the results are that, for the 2nd time in three years, the Flyers are in the Conference Finals. I’d bet if we do some research back to the 1970’s, the Flyers are may be among the most frequent Conference Finalists. I know they lost Cups in 1976, 1980, 1985, 1987, and 1997. So, at a minimum, that’s five trips to the CF, by definition. Can’t get to the SCF without being in the CF first.

A Flyer fan just called me to say the Flyers lost CF in 1989, 1995, 2000 2004, and 2008. That makes 10 trips to the CF since 1976, with the Flyers winning back-to-back Cups in 1974 and 1975. That’s 12, plus this year’s (2010) trip, makes 13 trips to the CF, for Philadelphia, since 1974. That’s 13 trips to the CF in 36 season, remembering that 2005 was a lockout. That means that the Flyers have reached the Conference Finals 36.1 percent of the time since 1974. Okay, all you research analysts, what team has reached the Conference Finals MORE than Philadelphia since 1974?

kracker

May 15th, 2010
12:05 am

Big congrats to the Flyers…just like the Habs, I don’t like them but, hey, winning playoff hockey is winning hockey. More film for Dudley and his new coaches to show our young players: If you want to win, compete every f’n shift!

Tim Pilgram

May 15th, 2010
12:10 am

Unbelievable Bill!! Craziness!!
The Canadiens have look absolutely phenomenal thus far in the playoffs and there is no reason why they can’t win the Eastern Conference Final after they way they’ve played against Washington and Pittsburgh. Here’s proof with a prediction if you don’t believe!! http://www.lionsdenu.com/nhl-playoffs-eastern-conference-final-montreal-canadiens-vs-boston-bruinsphiladelphia-flyers/
The way the Flyers have came back and have momentum, it’s possible they could win, but they just had a long drawn out seven game series again Bruins which could hurt them at the same time

Dwayne

May 15th, 2010
6:17 am

My home town Flyers have done the almost impossible. Life is good. I hope they beat the hell out of the canadians. Flyers vrs. hope it aint heatly.

Tony C.

May 15th, 2010
6:55 am

Wow.

I definitely had Wash. getting upset by Les Habitant (am I ’sposedta put an “s” there? Surrender-Monkey speakers, lemme know), and after the revalation that was Halak’s game 6 performance in that series, I’m not terribly surprised they got past PGH. but Philly pulling this one out?

No.
[EXPLETIVE].
Way.

Congrats to them, and it seems like Philly always is more dangerous when they’re the ‘dog on paper. A lot of things went just right for them; Gagne’s return, Briere & Prongs earning those gaudy contracts, Brian Boucher reminding us of, well, Brian Boucher. I think the on-ice leadership of Richards and Prongs, as well as Laviolette’s timely moves (ex.: the timeout Downtown referenced) however, is the real key for their surprising success.

I thought Boston’s goose was cooked for the playoffs when Savard went down, turns out it was Krejici’s loss that spelled doom for the Broons. That and mebbe Raask had a “very friendly” conversation with some goodfellas from Philly. Seriously though, Boston didn’t have and answer for Philly’s ultra-aggressive forecheck and their physical play, which was extremely controlled-another credit to Laviolette’s influence-they didn’t really go over that line that leads to penalties.

I look forward to seeing what Montreal comes up with to solve Philly’s forecheck, and I wonder if Richards & Co. can keep their physicality just on this side of legal.

In the west, I really think that after beating Detroit “The Sleeper Has Awakened!” for the Sharks. Although the power of Hossa’s SCF jinx is not to be underestimated. I still believe San Jose pulls it off.

So happy there’s no Detroit, Pittsburgh or western Frostbackland team in the final four…

Tony C.

May 15th, 2010
7:00 am

dammit.

“The Sleeper Has Awakened”

Sorry I’m bored and just figgerrd out howda do that there.

Tony C.

May 15th, 2010
7:33 am

A tidbit for the conspiracy theorists; mebbe the Flyers’ advancement has something to do with Comcast getting maximum return on it’s investments-they own the Flyers and Versus….

Lee

May 15th, 2010
7:56 am

I’m going for the Fly’s on this one, I just can’t stand the Habs.

David Pletcher

May 15th, 2010
8:19 am

How many times does a hockey team who is 7th seed get home ice advantage in the playoffs?

Trixie (Rawhide's Secretary)

May 15th, 2010
9:09 am

Mr. Brendan – Your 11:32 pm post from last night has been freed from Blog Purgatory. As per usual, it was an excellent blog entry.

DWTOO

May 15th, 2010
10:13 am

Let’s go BADGERS!

Scotty

May 15th, 2010
10:34 am

Badgers? BADGERS? We don’t need no stinking BADGERS!

Smoothie

May 15th, 2010
11:01 am

Huh? What? Did someone say my name? Who’s that knocking on the damn door? No, the A/C unit is working fine!

These playoffs have been absolutely thrilling and as entertaining as possible. The NHL blows the NBA out of the water when it comes to compelling drama, despite what TNT might tell you.

The fact that both the Habs and Flyers (and to an extent the Bruins, but they were supposed to be a top 4 team if not for injuries galore) made it this far after barely qualifying for the post-season seems to validate the ASG’s decision to let go of John Anderson. The Thrashers were close, damn close. But he didn’t do two things: 1) make the adjustments necessary, like PP efficiency improvement, down the stretch to win tight games and 2) provide leadership for a rudderless, captain-less team who needed it badly considering there were 4 or 5 new faces in the line-up in March.

We may not have the talent of Philly, but Montreal has proven you don’t need 3 potent scoring lines, or even 2 for that matter, to play a winning brand of hockey when the games matter most.

One last thing: I hope for Philly’s sake they get their Cup this year because the window is about to close on guys like Pronger, Gagne and Briere, but I must say that Briere has been a refreshing revelation in the playoffs. At least he’s earning the majority of his huge $7 M salary this season.

Sally

May 15th, 2010
11:01 am

Go Badgers!!! & Go Habs Go!!!!

LOL @ mentioning me in your article!! hahahaha!!!!

kracker

May 15th, 2010
11:05 am

This is the first time, David.

Brendan

May 15th, 2010
12:33 pm

Trixie, thank you for freeing my post.

David/Kracker, I did some research this morning of the current playoff format since 1993. Let me as briefly as I can reveal what I learned about 7th seeds. In the East and the West, 7th seeds have advanced to the CF twice, respectively. In 1999 and 2010, the Sabres and Flyers did it. The Sabres actually won and went to the Finals. In the West, Vancouver went in 1994 and Anaheim went in 2003. Both WON!!, to advance to the Cup.

Which means, what? Well, since Buffalo (99), Vancouver (94) and Anaheim (2003) all won, then Philly would be the first seventh (7th) seeded team to make the CF and fail to win the Conference. So, they’ve got that 3-0 history stat working for them. Doesn’t mean anything, really, though.

In case anyone’s curious, an 8th seeded team has advanced to the CF in each conference just once, respectively. In 2006, Edmonton won. In 2010, Montreal is there, pending an outcome. So, the history of 8th seeded teams is also, 1.000 pct, at 1-0. If Montreal does it, it’ll be 2-0. So, something’s got to give.

Still curious? Good for you. Shows gumption on your part. Sixth seeds in East have reached the CF five (5x) times, in 1993, 1998, 2001, 2008, and 2009. Their cumulative record is 0-5, however. Islanders lost to Montreal in ‘93, the Sabres lost to Washington in ‘98, the Penguins lost to NJ in ‘01, Flyers lost to Pittsburgh in ‘08, and the Hurricanes lost to Pittsburgh in ‘09. Sixth seeds in the West three (3x) times. The 1993 L.A. Kings defeated Toronto, the 2004 Calgary Flames defeated San Jose, and the 2006 Anaheim Mighty Ducks lost to Edmonton, for a cumulative record of 2-1.

And if you simply must know, fifth (5th) seeds have gone to the CF in the East in 1995 and 1997, with the Devils winning in ‘95 and the Rangers losing in ‘97, for a 1-1 record. A fifth seed has only reached the CF once (1x) in the West. It was the 2008 Dallas Stars, who lost to Detroit, 4-2. So, fifth seeds in the West are 0-1.

In the 17 years of playoffs since the current format was adopted in 1993, the Western Conference is 14-3 in terms of its ability to send at least ONE (1) of its top three seeds to the CF. The three exceptions were 1993, 2003, and 2006. The East’s record is 12-5. The five exceptions occuring in 1993, 1998, 1999, 2009, and 2010. So, that’s your “Paul Harvey, rest of the Story” (TM, PHN, all rights reserved). Thanks for reading.

Yung JB from MTL

May 15th, 2010
1:01 pm

After going on a riot downtown after the Habs’ win, I can screaamm FLYERRRSSS after that amazing comeback. Problem is, i dont know which team I should go for now…

My guess is a Flyers sweep since they are bringing it. Imagine the momentum running through their veins right now! I just wish i could say ”Thrashers” instead of ”Flyers”…

Red Light

May 15th, 2010
1:35 pm

In the words of the immortal Jack Buck, “I can’t believe what I just saw!”

Anyone want to go to war with an Eastern European captain? Not me. It’s not so much how Chara and Ovechkin play, it’s how they were brought up in a distrusting environment, which leads to trying to do too much by yourself. Watch the replay of last night’s game and you’ll see what I mean. Chara is now 0-5 in Game 7. Ovechkin? 1-3 in Game 7. Yashin 0-1. Mogilny 0-1.

The Flyers’ comeback gave me a 3-1 record in Round 2, which followed my disastrous start of 4-4, so I guess I’m tied with Brendan.

Brendan: Holmgren could come out smelling like a rose, but I doubt it. Any organization that dismisses a coach (Neilson) with cancer doesn’t deserve to win the Cup. Then GM Clarke explained the situation by saying, “Roger got cancer – that wasn’t out fault,” Clarke said. “We didn’t tell him to go get cancer. It’s too bad that he did. We feel sorry for him, but then he went goofy on us.”

Craig Ramsay replaced Neilson and then was let go in Dec. the following year in favor of Clarke’s former linemate Bill Barber, although under Ramsay the Flyers were within one game of winning the Eastern Conference in the 2000 playoffs as he subbed for Neilson.

Sadly for World Be Free and myself, Ramsay likely will get passed over for the Thrashers job because he also is a cancer survivor, and lost a large portion of his stomach to colon cancer and missed Game One of the Buffalo series because he went to the hospital for precautionary measures after reporting flu-like symptoms.

Sorry for the digression, but the Habs will beat the Flyers probably in six.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 15th, 2010
1:47 pm

I was but a small child when I went to Montreal, but from I remember it seemed like a beautiful city. I would hate to see all that beauty get torched to the ground so………GO FLYERS!!!!!!!!!!

However, as I said before, nothing will stop Chicago this year. So Chi over Philly in 5 games. Write it down.

Red Light

May 15th, 2010
3:43 pm

Originally, I was all about the Sharks and their opportunity to win it all, but I’m siding with Chicago in the Western Conference Finals. Not only because of the ‘Hawks advantage in depth, but also because of their recent play against McLellan’s teams.

In 2006-06 thru 2006-07 when McLellan was an assistant in Detroit, the Wings beat the Hawks 14 of 16 times, but during the past 3 seasons his teams are just 6-10 vs. Chicago. Same goes with Nabby, who had beaten the Hawks nine straight times into last season. Since that time, Nabby is just 2-5 allowing 25 goals on 232 shots, or one goal for every 9.3 shots. Thornton has good career numbers against Chicago (10g, 27 a in 30 games) Marleau’s are OK (15-18 in 47 games), and Pavelski’s are solid (4-8 in 13 games).

On Chicago’s side, Niemi has never faced the Sharks, which can be viewed both good and bad, but Villain No. 2 (Hossa) has scored 14 goals in 18 career games vs. the Sharks, and Toews has 7 g, 6 a in 10 games vs. SJ. The Hawks ability to get goals from others outside their top-6 forwards will go along way in the series in my mind, and I look for Keith to cause all kinds of problems for the Sharks forwards as the fourth man in the attack. He has been trying to do too much so far, and I think a little time off will have done him a lot of good heading into this series. As I said before, Chicago’s road record in the playoffs has been unreal having won five straight, and they have the same road record as the Sharks home record.

The Sharks have won 3 of 4 in OT, which shows their resolve and leadership (or luck), but in the Hawks eight wins they have been dominant, outscoring the opposition 36-16. In the Sharks eight wins, on the other hand, six have been by just one goal.

So, I’m looking at an Original Six Stanley Cup Finals with Chicago and Montreal, and will take the Blackhawks in five, or most likely six games.

Rawhide

May 15th, 2010
5:53 pm

In the words of the immortal Jack Buck, “I can’t believe what I just saw!”

Red Light – Great reference to Kirk Gibson’s 9th inning, 2-run game winning homer in game one of the 1988 World Series…propelling the underdog Dodgers over the highly favored powerhouse Okland As!!

Sally – Good luck tonight!

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 15th, 2010
7:22 pm

Wandering around the house not knowing what to do with myself with no hockey. Oh!…….baseball!!

Brendan

May 15th, 2010
9:46 pm

Okay, I’m feeling pretty foolish about not taking the Habs, but I flipped the coins, which are defeated me AGAIN this year, and the results are in. Ready? My coins say that the winners will be Philadelphia and San Jose. My picks are Philadelphia and Chicago. My record vs. the coins is 2-3-7, through 12 series. If I lose the SJ-Chicago series, the coins “clinch” it, AGAIN, this year over yours truly. Sad, isn’t? To be defeated in series picks … by a coin. I suppose I should take some comfort in knowing that if the Flyers lose, the coins got it wrong, too.

Sally

May 16th, 2010
12:23 am

Congrats to the Badgers for winning the Championship tonight! Good effort , everyone!!!!!!!!!!! Great season!!!

Now the Habs just have to do the same!!! LOL

Alan R.

May 16th, 2010
8:38 am

Wandering around the house not knowing what to do with myself with no hockey. Oh!…….baseball!!

zzZZzzzZZz…

Brendan

May 16th, 2010
12:32 pm

Today, at 3PM, on NBC, the Conference Finals begin. Let’s have a moment of honesty. How many of you had Philly vs. Montreal in your brackets? Some crickets chirp, off in the distance a coyote howls … and some tumble weeds roll by. If you said, “yes, I had it all along,” well then “pants on fire.”

Now, raise your hand if you had SJ vs. Chicago? A-ha! I see some hands went up. Good for you. That’s good, and not entirely unexpected, either. I did not have these results. In the West, I had Detroit over Phoenix, then the Red Wings upsetting the Sharks, and then Chicago over Detroit in the CF. Chicago is the only thing making my brackets look even remotely presentable.

In the East, I had Washington over Montreal, then defeating Boston in Round II, eventually meeting Pittsburgh in the CF, where I had the Capitals in seven, setting up a Capitals vs. Blackhawks Stanley Cup Finals. Bygones. I suck. Moving right along.

Who are you going to root for? For me, this is relatively easy. I’ve always liked Hossa better than Heatley. I used to really like the Sharks. And if they didn’t have Heatley on them, I would be for San Jose. But they do. On the other hand, when Mr. Wirtz died, and the team’s ridiculous policies were changed, look how much better the Blackhawks got! Get rid of the village idiot, and things will improve. I always used to tell people, “Chicago is a great hockey town; they just need to ice a product worth watching.” And now they have. With their last cup in 1961, how can I not root for them??? Look at all they’ve overcome to get to this point. I still feel, to this very second, that Atlanta Thrashers can win the Stanley Cup, if new ownership is installed. Or if this ownership could right itself, and make a fundamental shift in philosophy, adopting things like accountability and due diligence for GM and Head Coaching searches. As owners, it should be their job to fork over the money, then get the HECK OUT OF THE WAY to let “the person for the GM job after an exhaustive search,” manage the team. That’s what you pay a GM for.

Okay, in the East, I’m rooting for Philly. They’re writing one of the greatest hockey stories ever told. Needing a shootout win just to qualify for the playoffs in Game 82, they knock off Henrik Lundqvist to do it, eliminating the NY Rangers. Then, they upset the much favored New Jersey Devils in five. Impressively, I might add. In the second round, the lack of key personnel pushed them to a 0-3 deficit. But they get Gagne back, and even overcome the loss of Boucher, only to have Leighton deliver 4 straight shutout periods, in a comeback for the AGES. I had never, personally, seen a team overcome the 3-0 deficit before. I hope the Flyers can keep this thing going. I’m hearing that, despite having home ice, that Montreal is considered to be the favorites. The Habs knocked off Ovechkin and Crosby, making them the heir apparents. Shrugs. This is why they play the games. Go Flyers! Go ‘Hawks!

Enjoy the game!

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 16th, 2010
1:03 pm

Braves losing 11-1, and to Arizona, no less, was a snoozefest, Alan. But I still like baseball. Here’s one of the reasons why: I turn the game on, sit in my comfortable chair, and promptly doze off. Perfect! Hockey, on the other hand, requires my undivided attention. A little question for you peeps—am I alone in finding it hard to concentrate on a hockey game if I miss the first 10 minutes or so of the first period? If I don’t see that first puck drop, then I have a difficult time getting excited about a game. Now, I’m talking regular season Tuesday night type games; not playoffs. Just wondering……..

Lee

May 16th, 2010
2:04 pm

Hate to say it, but I don’t think the Blackhawks can pull it off vs. the Sharks. But I always love watching them. You know the rest….

GO BLACKHAWKS!

Lee

May 16th, 2010
2:05 pm

Braves are sooo streaky, they were one game behind being tied for 4th and 3rd and they blew it last night and today…..oh well. There’s always next year!!! Right? Yeahh….nah.

kracker

May 16th, 2010
3:59 pm

Sharks! Blood in the water :)

Lee

May 16th, 2010
5:04 pm

not today….my bad. :)

Dwayne

May 16th, 2010
5:06 pm

Hope I don’t jinx the Flyers…..Go Flyers!!!

Dwayne

May 16th, 2010
5:10 pm

Braves just pounded Az. 13 to 1. Hudson dominant, Chipper not.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 16th, 2010
5:53 pm

Way to go, Bufig—Bugifo–Byfi GO BLACKHAWKS!!!

Brendan

May 16th, 2010
6:44 pm

SBF, I can tune in to a game with 3:00 left in regulation and enjoy it. I’m into hockey, however and whenever it’s on. As for live games, I really don’t missing the first few minutes, but it does happen, because of traffic and 7:00 PM start times. For me, the most frustrating thing at a live game is trying to have a conversation with my neighbor, over the music between whistles. Watching-wise, the most difficult thing is if the Thrashers are in a funk where there’s just no spark to their game. And you sit there, knowing, that the team won’t score in this game. Those are the ones that make you drive home saying, “How much did I just plunk down to see this?”

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 16th, 2010
6:56 pm

Brendan, try driving back 250 miles!!!

Brendan

May 16th, 2010
7:12 pm

I’d just spend the night in Atlanta, SBF. Seriously, roles reversed, and the NHL put the team in Savannah, I’d only attend Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday Afternoon games, where there are two or more games being played that weekend. In other words, leave work Thursday afternoon for the Thursday night game, stay in Savannah through the conclusion of the Sunday afternoon game, and get back to Atlanta around 10-11PM, with hopefully a Friday or Saturday game also included. That’d be a fun weekend in Coastal Georgia. Maybe play some golf at Jekyll Island, or fish at Sapelo. Maybe take a trip to St. Simon’s Island and shop at Colonial Mall. Shoot, maybe even make the 2 hour trip down to St. Augustine, FL to see Castillo de San Marcos (1588). Or just stay in Savannah whole the time. You can’t get bad food in Savannah. It’s impossible. I have NEVER had bad food in Savannah.

Lee

May 16th, 2010
7:13 pm

Buff is a beast. Nice game by da ‘Hawks, close one, though. ;)

Brendan

May 16th, 2010
7:45 pm

Okay, a little postgame analysts. Here’s a link. http://www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009030321. I was fascinated with the Blackhawks defense. So, I took a little “look-see” to see the breakdown of minutes. And guess what I learned? Brian Campbell, cap hit $7.14 million, playoed only 17:48, fifth among Chicago defenders. Only J. Hedry, pending RFA, played less, at 7:39. What about Sopel?? He was 4th at 21:10. Another pending RFA Nicklas Hjalmarsson was 3rd, at 22:18. Brent Seabrook was 2nd at 23:56. And the leader in TOI was Duncan Keight, at a whopping 27:16.

Now, Keith has a nice upcoming contract that is going to pay him very handsomely, but at present, his cap hit is $1.483M. Seabrook makes $3.5 million. Nick Hjalmarsson costs $643,000. Sopel makes $2.33 million. And J. Hendry makes $625,000. And Campbell hits Chicago’s cap to the tune of $7.14 million. Now, you tell me where the “bang for the buck” is on the Chicago blueline. Campbell’s minutes put him at 5th.

At +2, were Duncan Keithr and Brent Seabrook. Toews, Sharp, Hossa, Brouwer, Byfuglien, and Kane were +1. At -2, were Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau, and Joe Thornton. At -1 were Dan Boyle, Rob Blake, Murray, and Vlasic.

Brendan

May 16th, 2010
7:49 pm

Philadelphia is up, 1-0, vs. Montreal. Yeah, I was surprised that there was a second CF game, too. Why not stagger them, on alternating days? Anywho, it’s on Versus. Go Flyers!!

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 16th, 2010
8:02 pm

The liquor flows a little too freely in Savannah to put up with bad food. We get mean. To attend Thrasher games in Atlanta and fit in with my job schedule means it HAS to be a Saturday night game. I usually stay overnight and leave Sunday morningish. If you check a schedule, Saturday night home games don’t roll around all that often.

BUFF!! That’s what I’ll call him. Buff the Beast; because god knows I can’t spell it. Worse than my name.

Two games tonight; none tomorrow; two on Tuesday; etc. Who decides the schedules? THEY SUCK.

Savannah Blueland Fan

May 16th, 2010
8:04 pm

BTW–if the NHL put a team in Savannah #1) we would have worse attendance than Atlanta and #2) 30 million Canadians would drop dead in the snow.

Thrashers27

May 16th, 2010
8:23 pm

How awesome would it be to see Byfuglien in Thrashers blue next season?

Dwayne

May 16th, 2010
9:59 pm

Sav B Fan, I hear ya on the 250 miles, I live in Rincon, went to the must win Boston game this year, yea, you remember that 4 to zip beat down we took. I was pissed, tried to drive home that night, but couldn’t do it. Stayed in Macon. How bout dem Flyers!!!! hahaha canada

Brendan

May 16th, 2010
10:02 pm

I heard they served “frog’s legs” at the Wachovia center. Could have that contributed to that 6-0 PASTING of the “unstoppable” Crosby-Ovechkin killers tonight? That’s not a type. Six to zero. That’s five straight wins for the Flyers. One games does not a series make, but Philly has to be (still) feeling great about themselves. No “hangover” from the Boston party.

Brendan

May 16th, 2010
10:10 pm

Okay, I guess it was a typo. My posts have been filled with them today.