The Flyers could be booking flights for Chicago. They could be stocking their fridges with expensive champagne. But they won’t be doing any of that until that series-clinching victory is in the books.
While the Flyers hold a 3-1 stranglehold over the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals, they know one bad bounce can quickly turn the tide. Montreal was down 3-1 to Washington before rallying all the way back in the first round. They also erased a 3-2 series deficit in the last round against Pittsburgh. Of course, the Flyers know what it’s like to be on the other side. They trailed Boston 3-0 before winning four straight.
“The fourth one is the toughest one to win. We’re a perfect example,” said Simon Gagne. “You could ask Boston, they’ll tell you that for sure.”
Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere are expected to play in Game 5.