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Top players lose steam in East finals

Updated: May 25, 2010, 1:13 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Maybe Montreal defenseman Hal Gill put it best.

What if Rocky didn't win the fight? That's no way for a Cinderella story to end.

And it was no way for the Habs to see their season end, losing 4-2 to the Flyers in Game 5, managing to come up with just two goals in their four losses.

The tendency will be to give the Canadiens a pass for their flameout in the conference finals. They were the eighth seed and wildly exceeded expectations. True. ...

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