Flyers blank Canadiens 3-0; Take 3-1 series lead

Posted: May 23, 2010 in Flyers

Montreal, Quebec-

Two nights after being trounced for 5 goals in Game 3, Michael Leighton was “Leights” out once again, posting his third shutout of these playoffs in a 3-0 Flyers win.

This game marked the return of two familiar faces to the Flyers lineup. Jeff Carter returned after breaking his foot in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals against the Devils.

Also returning to the line up was Ian Laperriere, who returned (wearing a full shield on his helmet) after being hit above the eye with a puck in Game 5 and suffering a concussion and brain contusion.

Right from the start, a new Flyers team took the ice and immediately went on the attack. The Flyers only had 5 shots on goal, but they had much more of a presence in the offensive zone.

The second period was when the Flyers really broke this game open. At the 5:41 mark of the period, Claude Giroux received a home run pass from Kimmo Timonen and made a nice move on Josh Georges, who was bothered by a loose strap on his skate, and roofed a wrist shot past Jaroslav Halak to give the Flyers the all important 1-0 lead, and quieting the Canadiens fans as well.

The Flyers were not done yet though. This time, Chris Pronger came through with a home run pass down the ice, this time connecting with Villie Leino who pushed the puck past Halak to make it 2-0 Flyers.

The Canadiens finished the second period with one shot on goal (yes, one shot on goal) which came with 6:26 left in the period. The shots for the second period: Flyers 13, Canadiens 1. This tied a record for fewest Canadiens shots in a period.

The third period got underway and it was more domination from Michael Leighton, as well as an improved Flyers team as a whole. Claude Giroux added an empty net goal to make it 3-0. (Jeff Carter nearly had an empty net goal when Marc-Andre Bergeron made a spectacular diving play to swat the puck away, sending himself into the empty net in the process.) It seemed like everything they were unable to do in Game 3, they were able to do in Game 4.

The Flyers are looking to finish the series in Game 5 back at the Wachovia Center on Monday night at 7, which will be  the sixth time this postseason that the Canadiens will be facing elimination, so don’t write this off as an easy win.

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