Flyers vs. Devils: Partying Like It’s 1999-2000?

April 21st, 2010 by Tyler Calnon Leave a reply »
Just like in 2000, the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils are meeting in the playoffs.

Just like in 2000, Martin Brodeur is in goal on one end of the ice, and Brian Boucher is in goal on other.

And just like in 2000, the Flyers are going back to New Jersey with a 3-1 series lead.

The Flyers certainly hope that is the end of the similarities.

As many of us probably remember, in 2000, behind the brilliant play of Brodeur, the Devils came roaring back to tie, and eventually win the Conference Finals.

Ten years later, most of the players in that series have come and gone. Of those that remain, there is Martin Brodeur, perennial All-Star, frequent Vezina winner, and future Hall of Famer.

And more surprisingly, back again is Brian Boucher.

In the 2000 series he was the young 23-year-old upstart, surprisingly leading the Flyers on a deep playoff run. Cool, calm, and collected, many believed he was finally the answer to the Flyers long-term goalie woes. 

Only a few years later, that hope had vanished almost as quickly as the 3-1 series lead.


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