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I'll give a prediction after the ECF are finished up. I have something in mind, but I'll wait until the Hawks' opponent is official.

I'm just amazed at how similar the stats are on the Flyers/Hawks, how similar they play, etc. Flyers beat the Hawks in their only meeting this year on a Pronger goal with like 3.5 seconds left in the 3rd. That game was incredibly close. It's probably going to be on the edge-of-your-seat game throughout the series, assuming the Flyers get there.
 

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I would, but only to reduce the level of disappointment.
And why would that be a disappointment?

The Habs have more than exceeded my expectations by making the series, by winning against the best team in the East, the Capitals, then by beating last years Stanley Cup winners, the Penguins. Nobody would have thought this would be possible at the end of the regular season. I think the Habs have held up nicely to those heavily favored teams. They have also managed to win at least 1 game against the Flyers. When you think of it this way, this places the Habs 3rd, right in front of the SJ Sharks, the best team in the WC.

In the end, I'm really proud of my Habs. The last thing I feel at the moment is "disappointment". :bt

I always look at the positive outcome in everything. As far as I'm concerned, I'm good. :thumbsup:

The real question is this now. How will YOU feel IF the Flyers don't win the cup this year?

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It was a joke, a but of hazing towards Habs fans. Every team wants the Cup, every year. No one is content. You can be happy they did as well as they have, but there will be a bit of a let down they couldn't beat the Flyers if that happens.

As far as how I feel, I'm in the same boat. I'm thrilled the 7 seed is where they are. Destroying Brodeur and the Devils, coming back from 0-3 in the series and Game 7 against Boston, 3 shutouts against the Habs so far...best defense and goalie in the playoffs...what's not to like?

If they don't win the Cup, I'll be happy this team showed some guts people didn't think they had, but in the end, it's still one more year without the Cup.

I thought they'd do well against NJ, but I was expecting them to play Washington in the 2nd round and I wasn't convinced they could beat the Caps. When they drew Boston, I thought they stood a good chance and then they fell behind 0-3. The team just continues to impress. Montreal was a team I knew was beatable. I didn't think Halak could that way forever and the Habs hadn't faced an offence or defense like the Flyers.

Philly should matchup very well against Chicago. It should be amazing. I'll be even more ecstatic if they win the Cup and if they don't, especially if they don't continue to play well, I'll be disappointed. They way the Flyers play as a team right now, they can beat anyone. If they play this way and Chicago is that good, good for them, they deserve it and I'll be less upset than if the Flyers sh*t the bed in the finals, or even worse, loose 3 straight to Montreal.
 

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And why would that be a disappointment?

The Habs have more than exceeded my expectations by making the series, by winning against the best team in the East, the Capitals, then by beating last years Stanley Cup winners, the Penguins. Nobody would have thought this would be possible at the end of the regular season. I think the Habs have held up nicely to those heavily favored teams. They have also managed to win at least 1 game against the Flyers. When you think of it this way, this places the Habs 3rd, right in front of the SJ Sharks, the best team in the WC.

In the end, I'm really proud of my Habs. The last thing I feel at the moment is "disappointment". :bt

I always look at the positive outcome in everything. As far as I'm concerned, I'm good. :thumbsup:


The real question is this now. How will YOU feel IF the Flyers don't win the cup this year?

tbof
Yes,I am also proud of the Canadiens. I dont think anyone expected them to get this far considering their opponents the Capitals and Penguins. They were always the underdogs in the playoffs,and I'm proud of the whole team representing the only Canadian team in the playoffs as of now.

But we are talking like they are officially out,you never know if they might come back from the 3-1 series deficit
 

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The dream is still alive, if barely, but the dreaded step-sister, Drizella, has a toehold on Montreal’s glass slipper.



One by one the few remaining Canadian teams – first Ottawa Senators, then Vancouver Canucks – dropped out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, leaving the final-playoff-spot Montreal Canadiens to serve as the country’s Cinderella team.



Monday in Philadelphia, that sweet story of spring 2010 – a team with new owners, new general manager, new coach, new players and no captain coming back to defeat, first, the best team in hockey in Alexander Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals, and then the defending Stanley Cup champions in Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins – could come to a sudden end.



The Philadelphia Flyers have now won three games, the latest a dispiriting 3-0 defeat at home for the Canadiens on Saturday afternoon. One more victory would mean the Flyers take the best-of-seven series four games to one.



As the total score in the Philadelphia wins stands at 12-0, a pumpkin would be an unfortunate but appropriate symbol for the end of this team’s invitation to the spring ball.



It would mark a sad moment for Canadian hockey fans hoping for a triple-crown in the national game: a Canadian-franchise Stanley Cup joining the men’s and women’s gold-medal victories at the Vancouver Winter Games.



No Canadian team has won the Cup since these same Montreal Canadiens last achieved the feat in 1993. That 17-year drought, however, is nothing compared to the Flyers, who have not won the Cup since 1975.



Nor, however, are either equal to that of the Chicago Blackhawks, who Sunday defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-2 to sweep the Western Conference series final. The Blackhawks – like Montreal an Original Six team – have not won the Stanley Cup since 1961.



Montreal’s loss Saturday afternoon was somewhat surprising, given that the team had won 5-1 only two nights earlier on the same home ice. That the Canadiens appeared so listless may have to do with the abhorrence most Canadians feel for NHL-scheduled games on treasured late spring afternoons, in this case a long weekend, merely to appease NBC, the American network.



Those Canadians who felt they had better things to do with their Victoria Day Saturday afternoon were fortunate in that they missed a game largely worth missing.



In a series in which whatever team scores first goes on to win, Montreal elected to play a second period so dreary – getting outshot 13-1 – that the 21,273 in attendance at the Bell Centre knew the game was over even before the third period began.



“Our second period was tough," admitted Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban, who found it tougher than most. Subban was directly responsible for Philadelphia’s second goal.



“That’s, I think, where it happened," added Montreal’s leading scorer Mike Cammalleri, who could not add to his 13 goals so far in the playoffs.



Philadelphia, on the other hand, played a simple, programmed game and got goals from Claude Giroux, on a partial breakaway and Ville Leino, on a clear breakaway. Giroux later scored a second on an empty Montreal net.



“We’re facing elimination," said a disappointed Subban, “but we’ve been there before."



“We know we’ve got to stymie that," Philadelphia defenceman Chris Pronger said of Montreal’s proven ability to come back, “and put our foot on the throat."



“We all know that the last one, the fourth one, is the toughest one to win," forward Simon Gagne said when his Flyers landed back in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon. “We’re a perfect example – we came back from a 3-0 lead."


That particular feat, against Boston Bruins in Round 2, tied an NHL record set by the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and matched by the 1975 New York Islanders.



In some ways, the Flyers are every bit the hockey fairy tale Montreal has been made out to be. They backed into the playoffs courtesy of a shootout with the New York Rangers in the final hours of the regular season. And they have kept coming from behind.



The Flyers, curiously, have even more Canadians on the ice than does Montreal – and just added two more with the return of Jeff Carter of London, Ont., and Ian Laperriere of Montreal from injury.



As well, the Philadelphia attack is largely the story of three fleet and skilled young francophones who are remarkably reminiscent of the famous “Flying Frenchmen" of old: Daniel Briere of Gatineau, Que., Simon Gagne of Ste-Foy, Que., and Giroux of Hearst, Ont.



But is still not the equal of the story the Montreal Canadiens will carry into tonight’s critical match, not for most Canadian fans who had desperately hoped for a rare shot at the one sports trophy that means most to them.



“Why, it’s like a dream," Cinderella said. “A wonderful dream come true."



“Yes, my child," answered the Fairy Godmother, “but like all dreams, well, I’m afraid this can’t last forever."



But it doesn’t have to be forever.



Just a while longer.
Source: http://m.theglobeandmail.com/sports...article1578957/?service=mobile&page=1#article
 

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Yes,I am also proud of the Canadiens. I dont think anyone expected them to get this far considering their opponents the Capitals and Penguins. They were always the underdogs in the playoffs,and I'm proud of the whole team representing the only Canadian team in the playoffs as of now.

But we are talking like they are officially out,you never know if they might come back from the 3-1 series deficit
Yes, you're right.

None the less, this team showed there are a lot of positive elements on which we can build on for the next season. We know we've got a good line in Gionta and Gomez. The both bring a lot of experience, leadership and positive energy in the dressing room. Cammalleri is a very good player has well.

I think what these series have thought us is that the team needs more weight at the offensive line. I wouldn't sign Plekanec and would try to replace him with a heavier center that can go in the crease.

The defense is promising with P.K. Subban, Gorges was very good as well. Markov will be missed (probably won't be back until mid november). Gill brings a lot of experience and leadership to the team as well. Spacek and Hamrlik are getting old but the are still good players.

But they definitely have to let go players like Sergei Kostitsyn (RFA) and resign Halak which proved everyone in these series he's now our no.1 golie, making Price no.2.

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Yes, you're right.

None the less, this team showed there are a lot of positive elements on which we can build on for the next season. We know we've got a good line in Gionta and Gomez. The both bring a lot of experience, leadership and positive energy in the dressing room. Cammalleri is a very good player has well.

I think what these series have thought us is that the team needs more weight at the offensive line. I wouldn't sign Plekanec and would try to replace him with a heavier center that can go in the crease.

The defense is promising with P.K. Subban, Gorges was very good as well. Markov will be missed (probably won't be back until mid november). Gill brings a lot of experience and leadership to the team as well. Spacek and Hamrlik are getting old but the are still good players.

But they definitely have to let go players like Sergei Kostitsyn (RFA) and resign Halak which proved everyone in these series he's now our no.1 golie, making Price no.2.

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If the Canucks don't resign Wellwood then perhaps the Canadiens might?
 

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With a loss tonight the Canadiens are eliminated and have ended their post season for this season.
 
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