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Habs and Flyers: How did they get here?

For the first time, a No. 7 and No. 8 seed will play each other in the Eastern Conference finals, and for both the Philadelphia Flyers and the Montreal Canadiens, the path to this point is as remarkable as it is unlikely.

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Montreal Canadiens
Philadelphia Flyers
Wachovia Center, 7 p.m.
TV: Versus

(Western Conference finals preview here.)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 16, 2010; 10:14 AM ET
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How did they get here? Defense, goaltending, and gritty forward play.

Posted by: chrisclarksucks | May 16, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Who the f cares about Stanley Cup playoffs?
Watch Ovi at WC in Germany:

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 16, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Montreal got there just by playing well. Also, Crosby's a good player but he just can't show up for the big games.

Against Montreal Ovechkin had twice the number of points and 5 times as many goals as Crosby did. Had Crosby been on the Caps, he would have ranked 17th on the squad in +/- against the Habs.

Ovechkin, though, 5 goals 5 assists, 10 pts, plus 5

Posted by: Justafan | May 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

It's pretty simple...They wanted it more.

Posted by: RITdude | May 16, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I wish WP could send Tarik to Germany. Ovi, Varly, Semin and former players Fedorov, Kozlov, Gonchar are playing for team Russia.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 16, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty simple...They wanted it more.

Posted by: RITdude | May 16, 2010 12:13 PM

I think the Caps wanted the Cup as much as either of these, probaly more, but I think they EXPECTED to win the first round. Hopefully they have learned, and Bruce has learned that he needs to address AND correct this mindset.

amateur psychology at a distance - no charge

Posted by: bluejeener1 | May 16, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Geez,2 tough physical teams that earned it. Not feeling annointed.

Posted by: ridgely1 | May 16, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Backstrom signing to be announced soon!

Posted by: capscoach | May 16, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

My guess for Backstrom: 7yrs @ 6.5 million per!

Posted by: capscoach | May 16, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"It's pretty simple...They wanted it more."

I'll go a different direction.

They were able to "finish." Both took thier teams to game 7's so it came down to one lousy game.

Ovie said they were "over-confident" and I think that's fair.

I don't think it was a coincidense that when the Caps scored they put people in front of the net. Knuble was the only person doing so. They just need to be more physical, that and get another top defenseman.

They have too many holes in thier defense.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 16, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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