The 2004 Yankees Thank You

The Philadelphia Flyers were down 0-3 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Boston Bruins. They were in the same boat as the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders (twice) and the 2004 Boston Red Sox.

They were dead, they had the roll of stamps and were ready to mail it in, they had one foot in the grave, they had their backs against the wall, they had every cliche in the book written about being out of it. Then the bell rang as it were.

They won Game 4. Staying Alive as The Bee Gees put it. Then there was an injury to Brian Boucher, and enter Michael Leighton. They won the first shared shutout in a Stanley Cup playoff since 1955. They won Game 6 by scoring two goals and closing the door afterwards.

Then came the final game. The Bruins scored three goals, two on a power play, and all of them soft goals. This would cause a house of cards to collapse, pulling Leighton for a Swedish goalie named Johan “Don’t Call Me Bob” Backlund (well, that’s what I would have done…)

But instead, they roared back and won on Simon Gagne’s goal in the third period. Game, set, match. Game one vs. Montreal this Sunday (5/16) at 7 pm.

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About jamesrussellcraven
Native Philadelphian, longtime sports fan and man about bon vivant.

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