NHL Eastern Conference Playoff Race ’10: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

March 27th, 2010 by Greg Caggiano Leave a reply »
Just two games ago, the New York Rangers were dead and buried. With the Bruins struggling, and the Flyers riddled with injuries, the grave the team dug for themselves last Sunday is being exhumed, one shovel of dirt at a time.

With a loss to the Boston Bruins last Sunday in a listless and uninspired effort, the Rangers season was done. They were now seven points behind, and with a possible Boston winning streak on the horizon, all seemed lost.

The team that is more intriguing, though, is the Philadelphia Flyers. When Ray Emery was announced to be done for the season, Michael Leighton became the No. 1 goalie. But he would soon get injured, and would be replaced with Brian Boucher, who can be great when he is on, but awful when he is not. With his getting the day off this afternoon in Pittsburgh, rookie goalie Johan Backlund was slated to make his NHL debut.

He stopped 22 of 24 shots before getting injured himself, and Boucher is back in net. The Flyers have now lost four in a row, which will become five if they cannot make a comeback against the Penguins.

The Bruins are currently leading Calgary 5-0, which would put them ...

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