Broad St. Bullies vs. Big Bad Bruins

 Sorry for not writing anything since Friday. I decided to celebrate the complete annihilation of the Devils by getting married this past weekend. It was a lengthy and tiring celebration. Anyhow, here’s a quick recap:

“My fellow blogger for the Flyers, Eugene Markman over at BroadstreetBuzz seems to think this series will go to the Flyers in a mere five games. In my humble opinion, that is ludicrous.” – Kevin Whalen, Devils blogger

Well, Kevin, I’m not going to rub it in your face too much because it’s only the first round. However, the Flyers completely dismantled the Devils, making their world-class goalie look foolish, and forcing their brilliant coach into retirement. Sure, he can claim that the result of this series had nothing to do with it. Really, Jacques? Your boring trap was exposed, your non-existent offense was a joke, and you completely mishandled your biggest gift: Kovalchuk.  The game has completely passed you by, and the Flyers completely outed you in this series. If you had not quit, you deserved to be fired. I know defense wins championships, but it takes a lot more than sitting back and waiting to win in today’s league.

Anyway, Boucher looked fantastic, the powerplay was unstoppable, and the team committed themselves to tough defense on the PK and even strength.  As good as the team looked, some credit has to go to the fact that NJ completely sucks. Like I said a few posts ago, I don’t know how that team won so many games during the regular season.  They cannot score goals if their lives depended on it. They were predictable, uncreative, and easy to defend. I expect a lot more from Boston.

The Bruins surprised me by taking care of the Sabres so easily. It’s not that I thought Boston was too injury riddled or a group of underachievers (compared to last year).  I just believed that it would take a superhuman effort to knock out Ryan Miller.  He’s been tremendous all year long, and I didn’t think Boston had enough to consistently beat him. Tuuka Rask was pretty awesome too, coming out on top of this goaltending dual.

I’m not ready to pick a winner yet, but a quick review: The teams have had a good rivalry since the 70’s. The fan bases have hated each other even longer, thanks to rivalries in other sports. Blah, blah, blah, none of that matters. They split the season series, with the Flyers winning the first two, and Boston getting the next pair, including a 2-1 OT win in the Winter Classic.  The last meeting was March 11, with Boston winning 5-1.  None of that matters either.  Here’s what does matter: each team beat an opponent with a big name goalie, and did so fairly convincingly. Another factor is that the Flyers have had a big break, and it will be 8 days between games for them. Savard is back for Boston, and Laperierre is out for Philly. Gagne might be back by Game 3 or 4, or possibly not at all in this round. No matter what, it’s going to be tight, it’s going to be close, there will be blood, and it will be fun.

I’ll analyze the series in depth tomorrow, and will offer a prediction then.

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