Damn that felt good.
After sputtering a bit with victory on the menu in Games 4 and 5, the Flyers won Game 6 convincingly by the score of 5-1, dumping out the Penguins in 6, avenging playoff losses in 2008 and 2009, and becoming the first Eastern Conference team to advance to the second round. It was a lot of good stuff.
They say teams don't come back from down 0-3 for a reason. Because they don't. Just because 2010 happened doesn't mean it happens, ya know? The Flyers only had to beat the Penguins in one of Games 4, 5, 6, or 7, and they did. It might not have been pretty, but it happened. The Flyers won, the Penguins lost, all is well.
Bullets over Broad Street:
- Noon? Seriously NHL? For a game that started at practically the ass crack of dawn, the Flyers delivered a seriously primetime performance. Claude Giroux decked Sidney Crosby then scored the first goal, and it was actually a good thing for once. Then Hartnell scored, then Erik Gustafsson burned Flower like incense. That was pretty much all it took.
- Afternoon games are never my favorite, but the Flyers won both of them in this series easily. So maybe I should be okay with them. But still, noon?
- How good is Erik Gustafsson? Answer: very (would have also accepted "really" or "super"). The Flyer rookies have gotten a lot of ink this playoffs/season, but Gustafsson hasn't had much of any and his contribution has been huge. This Swedish hoss was on the ice for 22:09 today, which was FOURTH on the team behind only Braydon Coburn, Matt Carle, and Claude Giroux. That is crazy for a rookie who was a healthy scratch for most of this series.
No questions to answer today. To make up for that void in your life, go listen to BSH Radio 51, which went up this morning.
Comment of the Series:
4 down, 12 to go. OH MY GOD THIS IS HAPPENING.