It’s not over til it’s over. That’s what the Montreal Canadiens are trying to say last night at the Bell Centre as they attempt to claw back into the series after taking a serious beating in the first two games of the series. While physical play is an important factor in the game of hockey, other factors like speed and being able to capitalize on plays are also important. That’s something the Canadiens have finally figured out.
Philadelphia 1 @ Montreal 5 – For once, the physical play of the Flyers were outmatched by the physically smaller Canadiens at the Bell Centre last night. Michael Leighton’s hot streak comes to an abrupt halt as the Montreal Canadiens storm back into this series with a very convincing win at home. Like the previous games in this series, the Flyers were outshot by the Canadiens; however the major difference this time is that Montreal was finally able to beat Flyers goaltender Leighton. The game kicked off with Mike Cammalleri’s 13th goal of the playoffs about 7 minutes into the first period. For the win, other Montreal players like Tom Pyatt, Dominic Moore, Brian Gionta and Marc-Andre Bergeron produced a goal each. The Flyers’ offensive firepower was quiet for the night as Jaroslav Halak was back in true form as he stopped 25 of 26 shots. The new Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban also had quite the impressive night contributing 3 assists and a +3 for the game. After taking a beating by a total score of 9-0 in the first two games of the series, it seems as though a few minor tweaks and the home advantage gave the little boost that Montreal needed to stay in the series.
Philadelphia leads the series 2-1
Three Stars of the Night:
1. P.K. Subban (Montreal) – 3 assists
2. Jaroslav Halak (Montreal) – 25 saves
3. Roman Hamrlik (Montreal) – 2 assists
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