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Flyers Make Historic Comeback: Riot Punch, Anyone? ... Now! With On Frozen Poll

OzzieAnother classic round of the NHL playoffs have been completed, and now it gets fun.

The winner of the following round gets to play for the big Cup.

While I've enjoyed watching the NBA playoffs as have many in the States over the years (I didn't enjoy watching the Cavs, however), I'm sure having so many lopsided series on the hoops side in Round 2 may have led some new viewers to the hockey postseason.

In fact, I've gotten plenty of e-mails and have been approached by people who have told me they have become smitten by these hockey playoffs -- and are now giving the sport a chance.

And why not? The play has been great; the story lines amazing.

Philadelphia, down 3-0 in its series to the Bruins, was dead right?

No way Roberto Luongo and the Canucks lose all three games at home of their series with Chicago after winning Game 1, right?

And there is no way Montreal -- the eighth seed in the east -- could knock off No. 1 Washington and then trump the defending champion Penguins, right?


And the fun continues on Sunday when the San Jose Sharks play host to the Blackhawks for the opener of the west finals. Great stories there as well. The Sharks have been hockey's biggest postseason bust the past few years. The Sharks can now put all that behind them with a win over the Blackhawks -- an Original Six franchise trying to end hockey's longest Cup drought.

Of course, I think the Sharks have already put all that choking thing behind them. The Bruins own that title now.

Here's who I like in the conference semifinals:

In the west, I'm sticking with the Blackhawks. Wasn't very impressed with them during the opening round, but they look strong. Taking Chicago to win that one in San Jose in Game 6.

In the east, as much as I like the way Philadelphia has played so far, I have really been impressed with the Habs. Nothing seems to faze JM's bunch. And they have the advantage in net. Taking the Canadiens in yet another Game 7.

Alwayssunnyphanatic Call this the Riot Punch Series.

It doesn't matter which team wins, you can bet on some broken windows -- perhaps some flipped police cars, too -- after it's all said and done.

-- Last round: Went 3-1, bringing the postseason tally to a decent 9-3. JM and the Canadiens account for two of my losses this playoff season. Buffalo losing to Boston was the other.

As always, your comments and predictions for the conference finals welcomed below.

Enjoy the playoffs folks.


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Flyers in 5, Chicago in 7, Philly for cup in 6

Sadly, I was hoping for Philly or Chicago to struggle in net, so we'd have trading options for T-VO... That's not happening, so it looks like the Panthers will be paying the majority of the $6.3 million owed to him... So now a rebuilding team that struggles with revenue is cash-strapped again, probably until the trade deadline... Their only hope now is if someone like LA, Wash, TB, or ATL offers up some sort of package with propspects attached, but 3 of those teams are division rivals, so it looks tougher and tougher... I think they need to start trading their chips away sooner, as this one looks like it may bite them in the ass as well... And it only gets worse if T-VO gets injured or plays poorly... OUCH

Habs in 6, Chicago in 6....Habs over the Hawks

look at the players still paying in the playoffs from the 2003 draft and then realize how much that draft has set the panthers back.

now it looks like we will be down to Horton from that draft.

how many draft picks outside the first round have made the panthers and people say what a great job Sexton has done getting 2nd round picks.

If you don't pick the right players in the 2nd round it means nothing for Bouwmeester. End the nonsense clean house and save the panthers, bring the NHL back to South Florida

San Jose over Philly in 6 for the cup. Yes, even though SJ lost the first game today.

In Philly for the game today and the Flyers didn't seem to be having any problems in goal. Can't say the same for the Habs, though. I don't think they're going to take this lying down and I certainly don't think the 6-0 beating will be repeated.

I'll also say the Panthers could learn a thing or 50 from the Flyers in the game presentation department. (Announcer excluded. Bill Murphy is hands-down better than the Flyers' guy.)

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