Pacing your players is essential in the slog to the Stanley Cup. But down the stretch, it's time to go to the whip, just as the Flyers did Monday night by riding their top-four defensemen to a conference-finals-clinching victory over the Habs.
With a team that sports so much depth, Carolina reached the Cup finals on the back of veteran Rod Brind'Amour, writes E.J. Hradek.
Needing a big performance to avoid going down 3-1 to Buffalo, Carolina got all it could ask for from goalie Martin Gerber, writes E.J. Hradek.