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Flyers destroy Habs 6-0, take 1-0 series lead

May 16, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

leighton2.jpgThe pre-series talk focused on how much of a factor Jaroslav Halak would be. Yet in Game 1, Michael Leighton earned his first career playoff shutout while Halak didn’t even make it through the second period. To put it simply, the Flyers mercilessly pounded the Canadiens 6-0.

Philadelphia Flyers 6, Montreal Canadiens 0

Flyers lead series 1-0

Before Montreal fans riot (or riot a lot?), it’s important to note that the Canadiens are now accustomed to having their backs against the wall. Halak has been pulled from a game once in each of the team’s three series and Montreal also took a considerable beating in Game 1 of the Pittsburgh series. They’re not unlike roaches; maybe they don’t look pretty but they’re awfully tough to kill.

Still, that doesn’t change the fact that there’s a stark contrast between Leighton’s game (28 saves, 0 goals allowed) and Halak’s meltdown (4 goals allowed, only 10 saves before he was relieved by Carey Price). Despite the fact that the Canadiens had two extra days of rest, the Flyers came with far more energy and scored early and often. You can’t blame the game only on Halak; his team failed him on many occasions.

Simon Gagne and Danny Briere are quietly rounding into elite form, giving Philadelphia a nice rotation of reliable scorers. Combine their scoring with the all-world defense of Chris Pronger and it’s looking like the Flyers are putting things together at the perfect time.

Again, don’t count out those pesky Habs, though. This series is far from over, even if Game 1 qualifies as a brutal reality check.

  1. greg - May 17, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    It seems like nobody is giving Flyers the respect they deserve. I know most of America hates them but, to come back in a series down 3 games and then in game 7 to come back again and now two days later to put on the butt kicking they did I think they deserve a lot of respect. I have Flyers beating the Candians in 6 games.

  2. Anonymous - May 17, 2010 at 8:12 AM

    Your right all the predictions were devils in 6 Bruins eaisly 6 vs the wounded flyers! They are getting no respect..Rumor carter back game 3?? Look out These guys are really playing with confidence? Girouix ,Van Rhems dyke These two kids are playing really well who do you cover on the flyers???.. They got a real good chance of winning it all

  3. Hellbie - May 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Not to spoil the Flyers fun, but… remember when the Caps blew the Habs out of the water early in their series? And then the Penguins did the same in their series against Montreal?
    If not, it’s easy to ask them since they’re not doing much else these days.
    This seems to be Montreal’s M.O. this year- let it get ugly early, learn lessons from the blowout about the other team, and work hard to slowly wear their opponent down with that information in mind.
    This isn’t a sign of a fast series. This is just a sign that the Canadiens are getting ready to do the same thing they’ve done to their previous two opponents.

  4. Ted - May 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    While you may be right, Mike Green and Sergei Gonchar hardly qualify as Chris Pronger defensively, give the Flyers the credit they have earned as well. Montreal is a fine team and have played terrific so far but they just entered what will eventually become an extremely physical series whether they like it or not. Six to nothing is quite a beating and they will soon turn up the physical game against the undersized Montreal forwards which they didn’t need to use last night and the team’s best goal scorer Jeff Carter is scheduled to return. If Gomez and Camalleri play as they did last night, this one will be over in a hurry, Halak or not. Coming from a fan of neither team, I would suggest that if they do not put forth the effort needed to WIN game 2 in Phila Tuesday night, you may want to call your sign man!!!

  5. Phil.E.Fan - May 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Philly teams NEVER get the respect they deserve- until
    they’re parading down Broad street w/ the Cup or the trophy.
    Check it out: I follow the national blogs from here in the
    midwest, because it’s hard for me to catch a Phillies game, or a Flyers game, unless they’re playing the Brewers/Blackhawks etc.
    For the past 3-4 years, I’ve had to listen to:
    How the Rays will blow out the Phillies….
    How the Dodgers will blow out the Phillies…
    How the Caps/Bruins will bury the Flyers…..
    the list goes on and on…..
    The fact is: opinions are like sphincters- they all stink!
    anyone with
    access to the internet can offer their opinion re:
    any team, any time. This doesn’t make it true.
    (I’m doing the same right now)
    However- look at the stats: Wins vs. losses,
    # RBI/game, GF/GA, etc.
    Stats don’t lie- they’re only open to interpretation.
    This is the way I interpret them:
    This is the BEST Phillies team in history.
    This is the best FLYERS team since ’75.
    Yeah, sure, I’m biased- I’m a Philadelphia fan!!!
    But- that don’t mean I ain’t right!
    Da Phils will be back in the playoffs AND the fall classic.
    Flyers vs. Habs: Flyers in 6
    Make your parade plans today, ’cause this is the Flyers year.

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