Down 3-0 in the series, then down 3-0 in Game 7. It looked as if the Philadelphia Flyers had finally run out of rallies against the Boston Bruins. Turns out Simon Gagne and his teammates were just warming up. Taking advantage of a too-many-men-on-the-ice call, Gagne scored on a power play with 7:08 left for a thrilling 4-3 victory last night in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Bruins became the third team in NHL history to lose a series after winning the first three games. The win set up a most unlikely matchup for a trip to the Stanley Cup final—the seventh-seeded Flyers vs. the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens starting tomorrow night in Philadelphia. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette added, "The game 7s are tough. It's a game that's made for men. And our guys proved to be men."