Canadiens get back into series with 5-1 win

Posted: May 21, 2010 in Flyers

Montreal, Quebec-

This night belonged to the Montreal Canadiens.

Michael Leighton not only saw his shutout streak end at an unprecedented 172:55, he also saw the lamp behind his goal light up four more times before the game was over.

The Canadiens got on the board just 7 minutes in when PK Subban fired a shot from the point that bounced back in front of the net where Mike Cammalleri took advantage of a friendly bounce, as well as Michael Leighton being out of position and slid the puck into the net for the first goal of the game (and the first Canadiens goal of the series).

This was just the beginning of a long night for the Flyers (as well as their fans).

Ten minutes later, following an uncharacteristic turnover by Chris Pronger,  Tom Pyatt muscled the puck into the Flyers goal amidst a crowd of players around the net to make it 2-0 Canadiens.

The Flyers went into the first intermission trying to find the offense that helped them into the 2-0 series lead that they came into the game with. While they showed some signs of life on offense, it was once again going the way of the Canadiens.

The Flyers were still not able to find their offense and they fell down into a 3-0 hole when Dominic Moore fired a wrist shot on  net that managed to trickle through the pads of Michael Leighton. This was definitely a goal that Leighton wanted to have back.

The third period got underway and, once again, it was more Canadiens. Two minutes into the third period, Brian Gionta fired a wrist shot that found its way under the left pad of Michael Leighton. This made it 4-0 and at this point it was a matter of the Flyers trying to get something going to boost their morale for Game 4.

Simon Gagne did manage to beat Jaroslav Halak with a wrist shot near the midpoint of the third period, but the damage had already been done. Marc-Andre Bergeron blasted a shot past Michael Leighton with thirty seconds left in the game to finish up the Canadiens beatdown of the Flyers.

The Flyers passed the puck around in the Canadiens zone too much, and did not seem to put the puck on net nearly as much as they should. And it definitely did not help their cause.

The Flyers need to learn from this game and come out strong on Saturday (3 pm on NBC) for Game 4, and Game 5 on Monday night at 7 as well. While the Flyers lead the Canadiens will not go down easy.

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