"We've reached the halfway point and we get to take another step," Peter Laviolette said after Friday's 4-3 Game 7 victory that made his Flyers squad only the third in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.
Next up: the Montreal Canadiens, who travel to Philly's Wachovia Center for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Sunday night.
"It is going to be exciting, there is no doubt about that," Flyers forward Daniel Briere, who scored four goals -- including a hat trick -- against the Habs this season. "It's remarkable that we're the two teams that are alive in the Eastern Conference. Being a French Canadian, it is a little extra special playing against Montreal."
The seventh-seeded Flyers and eighth-seeded Habs were hardly a lock to make the postseason. Now, the two teams tied for 17th in points in the regular season will be four wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Habs and Flyers split the four games, which were all decided by a goal (minus a 6-2 Philly win on Feb. 13). Just as the Flyers logged upsets over the New Jersey Devils and Bruins, the Canadiens knocked off the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals and the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins -- both in seven games.
"The confidence we have now is huge and look at our opponent coming in," Flyers forward Scott Hartnell said. "They're right in the same boat. They knocked off two of the top dogs in the East and No. 7 has home ice advantage, which I don't think has ever happened before, has it? So obviously we're making history through this whole thing and we have to get through the Montreal Canadiens."
"I've already started clicking in my head a little bit," Laviolette said. "But I'm going to wait until I get on the bus and start thinking about Montreal. It's great. We get to wake up tomorrow as a team and a group and go to the rink. We're still here. We're still standing."