A day after the Vancouver Canucks staved off elimination, it was time for the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers to try to pull the same trick. The Flyers just barely survived game four at home but needed to dig deeper on the road in Boston. Meanwhile, Montreal has to bounce back from a game five loss to force a game seven. For Philly, this was new ground while it was the status quo for the Habs.
Pittsburgh 3 @ Montreal 4 – I could be wrong, but I’ve got the feeling I’ve seen this story somewhere before. The Habs, down three-two in their series against a superior opponent, got a great game from Jaro Halak to send the series to game seven. Despite being without Hal Gill, the Canadiens’ defence did a good enough job stonewalling Sidney Crosby that he was never really a factor. Mike Cammalleri was the real star of the game with a pair of markers while Max Lapierre scored the game winner midway through the third. The most interesting part of the game was the end when Crosby took at shot at Tomas Plekanec which caused a small scrum. The Kid has lost his composure and with one game to go in the series, he seems resigned to defeat. Not even Ovechkin was this much of a suck.
The series is tied 3-3
Philadelphia 4 @ Boston 0 – Just when it looked like it was all over for the Flyers, they hung on yet again. Brian Boucher went down in the second period with a left leg injury when Ryan Parent fell on top of him. Fortunately for them, Michael Leighton’s return from injury came at just the right time as he pitched the rare combined shutout with Boucher to earn the win for Philly. Also helping out in the winning effort was Simon Gagne who potted two goals. The only problem for the Flyers, apart from the rusty goalie, is their power play. They had the man advantage eight times but were only able to convert once. With game six coming up in Philly, Boston has to find that effort they had in games three and four or it could be a long summer in New England for hockey fans.
Boston leads the series 3-2
Three Stars of the Night:
1. Mike Cammalleri (Montreal) – 2 goals
2. Simon Gagne (Philadelphia) – 2 goals
3. Jaroslav Halak (Montreal) – 34 saves
Chicago at Vancouver – CHI leads 3-2 (TV: CBC, Versus)