Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Advances To The Stanley Cup Final.
This Monday, Game Five of the Eastern conference final between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers was disputed with a high level of intensity.
This 4-2 victory for the Flyers in this Game Five was without a doubt the most entertaining game of the series.
The Canadiens opened the score quickly and for once, beat Michael Leighton in this series. Brian Gionta scored during the very first minute of the game on a low shot that was misplayed by the goaltender. A ninth goal in those 2010 playoffs for the smallest forward of the league.
Philadelphia replied to this opening goal quickly. Only a couple of minutes later, Mike Richards beat Jaroslav Halak on a race to the puck. After Richards, Halak and defense men Roman Hamrlik collided in an bizarre wreck, the loose puck went on with his funny race towards the goal and Richards dumped the puck in the empty net.
The Flyers clinched their Stanley Cup final berth during the second period when they scored two quick unanswered goals. Aaron Asham from close range gave the Flyers the deifnitive lead. A minute and a half later, Jeff Carter doubled the Flyers lead.
The Canadiens played with desperation in the third period and had glorious chances to turn the game, and the whole series around. The Flyers played on their heels and allowed a photo finish type of ending. Scott Gomez collected a lose puck in front of Leighton and shot it over the goalie's shoulder to reduce Philadelphia's lead to a single goal.
Then a four minute penalty to Chris Pronger for a high stick on defense men P.K. Subban was the perfect opportunity for Montreal. But the Flyers' defense and goaltender hung on.
The Canadiens removed Halak for a sixth attacker in the dying minutes of the game but without any success. Jeff Carter added an empty net goal to seal the deal.
Final score: Philadelphia Flyers 4 - Montreal Canadiens 2 (Philadelphia wins the series by 4-1.)
The wonderful playoff run of the Montreal Canadiens satisfied a number of fans who waited way too long. To eliminate the No1 seeded team and the defending champions back-to-back is a wonderful achievement and will be an excellent building block for next season.
There are many big decisions to be made towards free agency and contract renewal this summer for the Canadiens' General Manager Pierre Gauthier.
To conclude, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks will face-off in this 2010 Stanley Cup final. The best-of-seven series will open Saturday in Chicago.
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