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Do the Flyers have any more miracles left against the Bruins for Game 7?


The last time an NHL team has won a playoff series after trailing three games to none was in 1975 Simon Gagne and Mike Richards have spearheaded the Flyers' comeback.when the New York Islanders accomplished the feat against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Now, thirty-five years later, the Philadelphia Flyers  look to repeat history by finishing off the Boston Bruins  in Game 7. After all that the Flyers have gone through in the playoffs and not to mention the regular season’s laundry list of headaches, it’s just short of a miracle that they find themselves one win away from the conference finals.

Coming into the season there were high hopes for this Flyers team, especially after trading to acquire All-Star Defenseman Chris Pronger. However, after an unimpressive start, GM Paul Holmgren  fired coach John Stevens and replaced him with Peter Laviolette with hopes that Laviolette’s Stanley Cup Championship on his resume might help the team salvage their season. The Flyers made it into the playoffs on a shootout win against the Rangers in the last game of the regular season. Now the Flyers look for one more win to make it back to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2008.

After the Flyers steamrolled through New Jersey in the quarter-finals 4-1, with injuries to Ian Laperriere, Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter and Brian Boucher, one would think that there was no way to overcome what this team had to face. But after starting the series three games down to Boston, Gagne made his return to the team and put up four points in three games, including an overtime goal to defeat Boston in Game Four. The steady play of players like Danny Briere  (6 goals, 7 assists in 11 games), Pronger (4 goals, 7 assists in 11 games) and captain Mike Richards (5 goals, 11 assists in 11 games) are just several reasons the Flyers have made it this far.

Not to mention of course, the unbelievable play of Boucher, who made some believe the clocks went back ten years earlier to the Eastern Conference Finals against New Jersey. Boucher was 6-4 in 10 games with a 2.33 GAA and .915 SV% in this year's playoffs. Unfortunately his fairy-tale ending didn’t turn out as he may have hoped with Monday’s injury to his MCL. In continuing with the theme with this team however, Michael Leighton  stepped in to complete the shutout on Monday, and then he led the Flyers to a 2-1 win Wednesday night.

So the stage is now set for Game Seven  on Friday, 7pm at the Boston TD Garden. The winner of Friday night’s game will go on to face the Montreal Canadiens  in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bruins haven’t been to the Eastern Conference Finals since the days of the Adams and Wales Divisions in 1992.

Will another hero emerge out of the black cloud that has been hanging over the Flyers this season? Or will the Boston faithful be the extra man on the ice for the home team?

Contact Jonathan Stewart at js1330@gmail.com