Monday, May 17, 2010

Flyers Stomp on Habs in Game One

The Flyers and Habs were underway in Philadelphia and it was the home team that made a maor impression on everyone watching.  The Flyers did manage to score early, going up 1-0 only four minutes into the game, but it wasn't until the 2nd period before they were able to score often and really put their boot marks into the Canadiens.  A 3-goal 2nd period was then follwed by a 2-goal 3rd period and they also had fantastic goaltending from Michael Leighton, as the game finished up as a 6-0 final. 

The Canadiens managed to outshoot the Flyers in the game, which has been a negative omen in these playoffs in the past.  The Canadiens have done better capitalizing on a pressing team's mistakes, more than creating their own opportunities, one after the other.  Jaroslav Halak was not very good as a regular backstop in Game One, allowing 4 goals on 14 shots, while Leighton had to be good for his shutout, making 28 stops in the victory.

There was a pretty good smattering of scoring in this game for the Flyers, with numerous players picking up 2 points in the game.  Braydon Coburn gets the honours of being top-billed in this game, scoring the first goal (and eventual winner) and adding an assist in the 2nd period for a 3-point night.  Scott Hartnell, James Van Riemsdyk, Matt Carle, Claude Giroux and Daniel Briere all chipped in with 2 points for the poolies on Sunday night.

The 2 points for Briere on Sunday brings his total up to 20 for these playoffs, putting him in a tie for 3rd in pool scoring, but he's now tied with Sidney Crosby, who was eliminated in round two, so he should be able to pass him by series end. 

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