If we only knew then what we know now

Updated: May 25, 2010, 12:35 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The playoffs can be a humbling experience.

Ask Alex Ovechkin or Ryan Miller or Ilya Kovalchuk.

Ask any of the Boston Bruins or the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The things that seem a certainty based on even the most cursory knowledge of the game sometimes end up in a great puff of smoke.

We recall flying to Washington after the Capitals had crushed the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 at home to take a 3-1 series lead. We recall making plans ...

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