After a four-goal victory in game three, the Montreal Canadiens were looking to carry the momentum into an unusual afternoon game on Saturday. A win by the Habs would mean that we would have a best of three series to determine the Eastern Conference champion. The Flyers are no stranger to having a team down and finishing them. They already made quick work of the New Jersey Devils and are looking to put Montreal one loss away from elimination.
Philadelphia 3 @ Montreal 0 – For the third time this series, the Habs go down in defeat to the Flyers. Also for the third time this series, the Habs were shutout by Michael Leighton. It was an easy day for the journeyman goaltender, needing only 17 saves for the goose egg. The Flyers didn’t need much in the way of offense to win the day but Claude Giroux both started and ended the scoring with his pair of goals. Ville Leino had the other Philly goal. Now the Habs find themselves with their back against the wall. It’s not an unfamiliar spot for them. They were down 3-1 to Washington before stringing three straight wins together. They needed two straight wins to beat Pittsburgh. Playing from behind is what Montreal seems to do best. But pulling it off for a third time will be damn well near impossible.
Philadelphia leads the series 3-1
Three Stars of the Night:
1. Claude Giroux (Philadelphia) – 2 goals
2. Chris Pronger (Philadelphia) – 1 assist
3. Michael Leighton (Philadelphia) – 17 saves, shutout
San Jose at Chicago – CHI leads 3-0 (TV: CBC, NBC)