philadelphia flyers

Consider it the Winter Classic Rematch. Only, this time, it’s not on a baseball field.

It will, however, take place in Boston, at least to start. The Bruins now have the surprising honor of being the host team for their Eastern Conference Semi-Final series against the Philadelphia Flyers when it kicks off this Saturday afternoon.

That’s right, folks. Home ice advantage. Who’d have thunk it?

I guess we have the Montreal Canadiens to thank for it, too.

Welcome to Bizarro Hockey.

Yes, thanks to the Habs astonishing first round victory over the Caps, completed tonight in a 2-1 Game 7 win, the East in now utterly upside down. The 1, 2 and 3 seeds have been defeated. The highest remaining seed is Pittsburgh at 4 and the 6, 7 and 8 seeds have all advanced. Thus, the Bruins, the sixth team, now hosting the Flyers, the seventh while the upstart Canadiens get another shot at giant killer, this time against the defending champs.

Think about it. Teams that made the playoffs on the final day of the regular season are moving on while Cup favorites are breaking out the golf clubs. The NHL Playoffs can be amazing. History will be made, in case you haven’t heard.

There will be lots of stories to talk about when the previews for round two begin in full. In the case of B’s-Flyers it’ll be Peter Laviolette or the goalie match-up or Philly’s supposed toughness. A history that stretches from the Big Bad Bruins/Broad Street Bullies rivalry right up to the the Winter Classic here in 2010. It promises to be yet another highly entertaining series for all the right reasons and you can bet your life we’ll be discussing all that and more here.

For tonight, though, it’s just good to know the Who and Where.


And right frickin’ here.


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4 Responses to “Philadelphia”

  1. nightfly Says:

    I hope I can get the tivo working in time to watch this Saturday night. Can’t watch live as I’ll be taking care of actual living in this “real world” I’ve been reading so much about.

  2. Ken Socrates Says:

    “Real world”? Is that the bright, loud, scary thing I see when I open up the curtains, raise the blinds and turn the shortwave radio off?

    Os should I say “saw”. In 1987. The last time I did that.

  3. nightfly Says:

    I think that’s it, though by now they ought to have flying cars.

  4. Ken Socrates Says:

    You’re right, actually. They should. Plus, all the women should be going around topless now in a completely sexually unrepressed society.

    Excuse me, I’m going to go raise the blinds again.

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