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The choke to end all chokes

Choke HEARD IN BOSTON -- Water. Water. Water. I'm ch-ch-ch-oking.

Wish I could conjure every noun possible but "choke" does the trick quite nicely. There is no other way to describe what the Bruins did against the Flyers. Bad enough they blow a 3-0 lead in the series. But a 3-0 lead in Game Seven? At home? That's a gag job of biblical proportions. Flyers 4, Bruins 3. Flyers win series, 4-3.

Dan Shaugnessy of the Boston Globe puts it in amazing perspective this morning. Some of his best lines:

"In Boston, it makes them the Red Sox of the new century."

"Grady Julien"

"It is a new low, the worst moment in franchise history since Bobby Orr left as a free agent in 1976."

"I hate to keep bringing the Red Sox into this (actually, I don’t), but the Sox had 3-0 leads in Game 7 of the World Series in 1975 and again in 1986. You know what happened."

The funniest part of all this, of course, was that the Bruins took the collar thanks to a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. Think Don Cherry, Montreal, circa 1979. Incredible that bit of history repeated itself and Kevin Paul Dupont's column describes what happened. He calls the 2010 version of TMMOTI "haunting, almost sadistic."

Watched the game this morning on the DVR and you can clearly see Marc Savard raise his stick to the bench to come off and then stay in the play as the Flyers broke up ice. Vladimir Sobotka had already come on, however, and made a futile scurry back to the bench.

In Philly, meanwhile, Phil Sheridan of the Inquirer writes how the Flyers embraced their seemingly impossible task. 

And after all this, the No. 7 seed has home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference finals. Wow.

Go to this post on the Edge to make your predictions for the conference finals.

---Mike Harrington

(Photo: The Bruins are stunned after the final buzzer/Associated Press)


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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

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