Leights Out: Flyers blank Canadiens (again) to take a 2-0 series lead

Posted: May 19, 2010 in Flyers

Philadelphia, PA

Tonight was another great episode of “The Leight Show” at the Wachovia Center.

Two nights after stopping all 28 shots that came his way, Michael Leighton stopped all 30 shots that came his way en route to another shutout to give the Flyers a 2-0 series lead.

Four minutes into the game, Scott Gomez took a hooking penalty, giving the Flyers their first power play of the game. (Coincidentally, it was Scott Gomez who took a roughing penalty just over two minutes into the opening period of Game 1 back on Sunday.) And, like in Game 1, the Flyers took advantage of it, this time it was Danny Briere, who beat Jaroslav Halak with a high snap shot to give the Flyers a 1-0  lead.

That would be all of the scoring in the first period.

The second period got underway and, as was the case in the first period, the Flyers looked a little sloppy at some points, despite having a one goal lead. Unlike Game 1, the Flyers were held off of the scoreboard all the way until the last 5 minutes of the period. The Flyers were once again on the power play when, amidst a scrum in front of the Canadiens goal, Simon Gagne stuffed the puck in to give the Flyers a much-needed 2-0 lead.

A lot of Flyers fans (myself included) expected to see a new and improved Montreal Canadiens team in Game 2, yet, while they were better in Game 2, the Canadiens were still not at their best.

A telling sign came when Ville Leino sent a soft wrist shot on net that fluttered right past Jaroslav Halak, a goal that, to say the least, he wanted to have back.

At any rate, Leino’s goal put the Flyers up 3-0, which was more than enough of a lead for Michael Leighton, who was yet again unbelievable, posting another shutout.

The Flyers will head up to Montreal for Game 3, which can be seen on Versus Thursday night at 7.


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