It was during the 1st round of the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs that former Syracuse Crunch Announcer Bob McGelligott proudly proclaimed "I've got two words for ya, SERIES OVER!"
That's true once again as the Crunch beat Springfield on Friday 5-2 and swept the Falcons out of the playoffs.
Since McGelligott said those words, Syracuse hadn't won a playoff series, until they swept Portland in the first round this year.
Now, the Crunch finds itself in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1996. That year, Syracuse was ousted by Rochester 4-1, but this year, you can expect a much different series.
Some may read that line and wonder how one can make that assessment. After all, we don't even know who the Crunch is playing in the conference finals yet. (Providence leads Wilkes-Barre Scranton 3-1, Game 5 is Saturday)
But look at this number- Syracuse has won 7 playoff games in a row this year, two sweeps. And, if you go back to 2012 when these players were with Norfolk, the Tampa Bay AHL affiliate has won 17 straight playoff games.
Then you can see, how one may be optimistic for the rest of the playoffs.
The Crunch was hardly tested by Springfield, and when the Falcons tried getting pesky and started a fight, Syracuse responded with two straight goals to cap the rout on Friday.
We won't know when the Conference Finals begin until the Providence/Wilkes-Barre Scranton series is over, but for now, Syracuse fans can celebrate. Celebrate perhaps, the best hockey team this town has ever seen.