Orange Crush: Flyers dominate Canadiens 6-0 to take 1-0 series lead

Posted: May 17, 2010 in Flyers

Philadelphia, PA-

The words “Orange Crush” took on a literal meaning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Philadelphia Flyers took a 1-0 series lead with a 6-0 beatdown of the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night at a raucous Wachovia Center.

The Flyers got on the board early when, just three minutes in, Braydon Coburn stuffed the puck just past the pad of Jaroslav Halak amidst a scrum of players to make it 1-0 Flyers.

This was just the beginning.

The second period began and just 30 seconds in, rookie James vanRiemsdyk beat Halak from right in front of the goal to give the Flyers a two goal lead. Things never really got much better for Halak. Minutes later, as time ran out on a Flyers power play, Danny Briere blasted a shot over Halak’s shoulder to make it 3-0 Flyers.

Near the halfway point of the period, Simon Gagne struck again snapping a shot past Jaroslav Halak to make it 4-0 Flyers. That would be the end of Jaroslav Halak, who, to say the least, was a far cry from the goalie that shut down the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins respectively in the first two rounds.

In comes Carey Price, who was the starter two years ago when the Canadiens faced off against the Flyers in the Conference Semi-Finals. Price was able to shutout the Flyers for the remainder of the second period. However, in the third period it was more Flyers offense when Scott Hartnell beat Carey Price with a snap shot to make it 5-0 Flyers. Claude Giroux capped off the Flyers scoring when he regained the puck after fanning on his initial shot and beat Carey Price with a backhand to make it 6-0 Flyers.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the ice, Michael Leighton was once again “Leights” out, stopping all 28 Canadiens shots that came his way, picking up his first career playoff shutout in his third career playoff start.

Needless to say, this game was all Flyers all the time.

The Flyers will look to keep the momentum in their favor Tuesday night at 7 at the Wachovia Center.


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