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03-03-2011, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by MiamiScreamingEagles View Post
Fear isn't necessarily the prime component to be considered and it shouldn't have a major impact in the equation. The Bruins have Tim Thomas, the impetus in the form of last season's humiliation and have assembled essential elements since. That said, any playoff opponent should be thoroughly respected despite the finish in the standings. Anything can happen and no team should be overlooked and that includes the eighth seed or the first round opponent. Be concerned about any opponent.
You took the words right off my keyboard. Every series has to be played with 100% focus and intensity. With that in mind, this team matches very well against all of teams 6-11 in the current standings. Washington could be a dark horse as they are a better team than their season has hinted at, and Pittsburgh all relies on Crosby coming back at 100%. TBay with Brewer become even more formidable and, like others have said, Boston has the manpower and motivation to make a very difficult series.

Plus, as infidelappel wrote, the Flyers have to start clicking and playing 60-minute games down the stretch to be in top shape for the playoffs. They have been very lucky with avoiding injuries to the star players, though JvR's latest mishap worries me, and they can afford to rest players judiciously with Zherdev and Boynton on the team.

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