Correct me if I'm wrong, but I looked it up and believe that the 2003-04 Calgary Flames are the only team to have ever gone to the Stanley Cup Finals by eliminating the 1, 2 and 3 seeds in their conference during the playoffs....
So if the Flyers pull it off against Pittsburgh, which I think they have a real solid shot of doing, they would be the first team in the Eastern Conference ever to do so since the NHL went to its current playoff format (with 8 seeds from each conference) in the 1993-94 season.
A few sidenotes for superstitious Flyer fans...
Those Flames were a 6th seed when they did it in 2004
They won a game 7 on the road in their first round
The year before their run the Flames were, like the Flyers, last in their division.
Just a thought.....We'll break it down during the week on air and right here but for anyone interested in the early prediction:
Flyers in 6
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