However you look at it, we are witnessing a bludgeoning. The Flyers are the walking, talking, skating, winning definition of "role reversal," and it feels just fine -- for now.
They beat the Montreal Canadiens again last night, 3-0, at the Wachovia Center. They lead the NHL Eastern Conference finals by two games to none, with Game 3 on Thursday night in Montreal. They are two wins away from their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since 1997. Things could not be going better, except for the fact that they really aren't playing all that dynamically, except on their power play. In fact, they are looking at a mirror image of their second-round playoff series against Boston.
In that one, the Flyers really played pretty well against the Bruins, and got better from game to game, and still managed to lose Games 1, 2 and 3. In this series, it is the Canadiens who are getting better but also have nothing to show for it.
Still and all, this is a pounding. Going back to the first period of Game 7 against Boston, the Flyers have now scored 13 unanswered goals -- four against the Bruins, six against the Canadiens in Game 1, and three last night. They are beyond opportunistic, too -- their first two goals in Game 2 were scored in only 13 shots.