You’ll have to excuse the Boston Bruins if they try desperately to run up the score in tomorrow’s game vs. the Flyers.
After all they will most likely have revenge on their minds from the Flyers handing them a loss that only four professional sports teams have that unfortunate mark on, and they most certainly have to think that no lead is safe against the Flyers.
& Powe // Giroux // Pronger // Hartnell // Briere
“You’ll have to ask them. I don’t have an answer to that,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette when questioned about Boston’s state of mind heading into Wednesday’s game. “I look at it as we won a series and now we’re in a new year.”
If you haven’t figured it out by now, tomorrow’s game will mark the first meeting since May 14, 2010 when the Flyers completed the most epic comeback in team history and one of the most historic comebacks in NHL history.
The players that do remain (17 players on the active roster in case you were wondering) are focused on a good Boston Bruins team they will face, but recognize and couldn’t help by flashback a little to what that series meant for both teams.
“We just kind of took it like the old cliché ‘One Game At A Time’,” said Darroll Powe. “It was tough, especially in Game Seven where we got down early, but that goal that [van Riemsdyk] scored in the end of the period really gave us hope heading into the dressing room.”
The Flyers not only came back from an 0-3 series deficit, but in Game Seven, rallied from being down 0-3 in the game to take a 4-3 win in the game and the series that was catapulted by rookie James van Riemsdyk
’s late first period goal.
“I think a lot of the guys that were a part of that are here,” said Chris Pronger
. “It’s a great experience for the guys who haven’t been a part of a come from behind series victory like that or an emotional series; an up-and-down roller coaster ride like that and what it takes for you mentally to stay the course, stick with the game plan, your system and what you know how to do best. We were able to do that and win because of it.”
Never before has a four-game winning streak been so famous in Flyers history. The Flyers franchise became the third team in NHL history to “reverse sweep” a team coming from an 0-3 series deficit to come out on top.
“Game Seven’s are made for men, and they proved themselves men tonight,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette post-game on May 14. It may be too close a time frame to think of it in such historic terms, but the current group of Flyers have a special bond together with what they went through last season, and that Game Seven victory is definitely one of those crown jewel moments.
Although Wednesday’s game by far will not be the same situation, the same setting and even the same exact team, there will plenty of bad-blood to go around with a now full fledged rivalry renewed between the Bruins and Flyers.
So before the puck drops tomorrow, take a quick look at all of the highlights, interviews and celebrations of the greatest comeback in Flyers playoff history.
RELIVE THE MOMENTS OF MAY 14, 2010
RELIVE: All the Game Seven Highlights
RELIVE: The Handshake Line
RELIVE: The 'Don’t Stop Believin' Flyers Music Video
RELIVE: Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette at Podium
RELIVE: Michael Leighton's post-game press conference
RELIVE: Chris Pronger's post-game press conference
RELIVE: Scott Hartnell's post-game press conference
RELIVE: Danny Briere post-game press conference
RELIVE: Mike Richards post-game press conference
RELIVE: NHL's 'History Will Be Made' Tribute