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Believe in miracles? Quite a few do, in Flyers case
Posted By Ethan Landy On May 12, 2010 @ 1:23 pm In General | 1 Comment
The Bruins have already had two chances to close out the Philadelphia Flyers and book their ticket to the Eastern Conference finals. On Wednesday night, they will hope that the third time is the charm. Because if it isn’t, this series will head back to Boston and the Bruins could find themselves in an unenviable position — with their backs against the wall and infamy staring them in the face.
After winning Game 4 in Philly, the Flyers insisted that the pressure fell squarely on the Bruins . If that wasn’t the case then, it surely will be Wednesday, when the Bruins try to come back from a disastrous performance in Game 5′s 4-0 loss. Chalk it up to nerves or over-confidence, but the Bruins were at a loss to explain their performance at TD Garden on Monday. Credit the Flyers for showing up and getting the job done, but it was clear that the Bruins were not the same team  that they was on the ice in the first three games of this series.
Now it is the Flyers who have all the confidence  and the Bruins who are on their heels. Not only do the Flyers believe that they can make history  and become just the third team in NHL history to come back from an 0-3 hole, but there is also sentiment from the national media that the Flyers have the momentum  in this series.
This is despite the fact that Philly will be playing with another new goaltender  — Michael Leighton — after Brian Boucher’s injury. The Flyers have gone from Ray Emery to Boucher and now their third-stringer, who himself was coming back from an injury Monday night. But the Flyers say that they believe Leighton can get the job done , and the newest Philly netminder agrees .
He certainly looked capable in stopping 14 shots in his roughly two periods of play Monday night in relief of Boucher. But it was not just the play in net that helped Philly cut the series deficit to 3-2; the Flyers balance has been a key ingredient  in their turnaround. With both teams bruised and battered  after the first five games, the Flyers’ momentum could give them an edge.
Of course, the Bruins played well in their two games at the Wachovia Center, earning the 4-1 win in Game 3 and narrowly missing the opportunity to close things out in the 5-4 overtime loss in Game 4. But that was the past, and now the Flyers have the chance to make history. Winning four straight seems like an improbable achievement, but the way the Flyers looked Monday it appears that they have quite a few believers. It is up to the Bruins, now, to prove those people wrong.
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 insisted that the pressure fell squarely on the Bruins: http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/127/2010/may/09/flyers-insist-the-pressures-on-bruins-1.html
 at a loss to explain their performance : http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/stanleycup/blog/2010/05/bruins-lick-wounds-after-philly-rout.html
 were not the same team: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Flyers-rally-Big-tease-or-impending-Bostonian-e?urn=nhl,240203
 have all the confidence: http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/news_details/article/117/2010/may/12/flyers-feel-frisky-1.html
 Flyers believe that they can make history: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20100512_Flyers_believe_they_ll_make_history.html
 Flyers have the momentum: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/allan_muir/05/11/flyers.comeback/index.html
 another new goaltender: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/columnists/phil_sheridan/20100512_Phil_Sheridan__Flyers__goalie_situation_an_endless_circle.html#axzz0nj3SEvqG
 they believe Leighton can get the job done: http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/flyers/20100512_Flyers_confident_with_Leighton_in_goal.html
 agrees: http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/Philadelphia-Flyers-Michael-Leighton-in-net-051110
 balance has been a key ingredient: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=528940
 both teams bruised and battered: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100512/SPORTS04/5120352/1024
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