Eastern Conference Final: Montreal Halfway Out Of The Self-Dug Hole.
Game 1: Philadelphia Flyers 6 - Montreal Canadiens 0
Game 2: Philadelphia Flyers 3 - Montreal Canadiens 0
(Philadelphia leads the series by 2-0)
There is no team that can dig a hole as deep as the Montreal Canadiens can.
For some reason, the Habs' offense was nowhere around Michael Leighton's net during the first two games of the series and could not score a single time on him.
The series moved to the Bell centre Thursday night and a totally different Montreal team shown up for that game. The forwards were charging the net defended by Leighton and a lot more shots were directed.
Combined with a poor defensive outing by the whole Flyers defensive unit, the Canadiens buzzed around for most of the night. Michael Cammalleri once again opened the score with his league leading 13th goal of the playoffs. Tom Pyatt doubled Montreal's advantage as he charged in a loose puck.
The bleu-blanc-rouge tonado went on during the second period but only produced a single goal. Dominic Moore beat Leighton late in the second frame with a wrist shot that trickled between the goaltender's legs.
In the third frame, Brian Gionta scored a fourth unanswered goal for Montreal before Simon Gagné beat Jaroslav Halak for the only time during the game. The Canadiens lifted the crowd once more when Marc-Andre Bergeron scored with his patented one-timer during a man advantage. Incidently the first power play goal of the series for the Canadiens.
Final score: Montreal Canadiens 5 - Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Philadelphia leads the series by 2-1.)
The Canadiens are halfway out of the hole and really needs to tie this series a two games apiece Saturday. I expect a lot more opposition from the Flyers in Game Four and it should be a great game.
(Picture: Michael Cammalleri, Getty Images.)