PHILADELPHIA - MAY 16: A fan of the Philadelphia Flyers holds up a sign reading "Next Goalie" behind goalie Carey Price #32 of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Humanity, Eh! Flyers Clobber Canadiens In Game One, 6-0

Michael Leighton made 28 saves to earn his first career playoff shutout, and the Philadelphia Flyers continued their torrid play with a 6-0 rout of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Broad Street Hockey: Flyers Win As A Team

The Flyers crushed the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 Sunday by playing as a team, according to Broad Street Hockey. They got scoring from everywhere, solid goaltending from whoever was in net, and just did what they had to do as a team. There were no one-man efforts.

But in the first period, the Flyers were perhaps lucky to get out with the lead. The Flyers weren’t nearly as sharp as they could have been and they allowed to get several nice scoring chances. Luckily, Leighton was up to the task, stopping all of them to keep the Habs off the board.

As a result, the Flyers were able to get out of the first period with the 1-0 lead, and from there, they took over. Power plays early in the second period gave them the chance to blow things wide open, and it was a big, orange party in South Philadelphia from there on. It’s just one game, but it’s one game that tastes real sweet.

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Flyers Keep Momentum Going, Cruise To 6-0 Victory Over Canadiens In Game 1

For more on today’s game, check out our Montreal blog at Habs Eyes On The Prize and our Flyers blog at Broad Street Hockey.

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Michael Leighton made 28 saves to earn his first career playoff shutout, and the Philadelphia Flyers continued their torrid play with a 6-0 rout of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Leighton, forced into action in the midst of the Flyers’ Game 5 conference semifinal series after Brian Boucher went down with a knee injury, improved to 3-0 in this postseason. Philadelphia, which remarkably recovered from a 0-3 series deficit to Boston in its previous series, has now ripped off five straight playoff wins for the first time since a six-game stretch in 1995.

Braydon Coburn, Scott Hartnell, James van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux and Danny Briere each posted a goal and an assist in the resounding victory to start what is one of the most unlikely of series. Philadelphia and Montreal enter this set as the seventh and eighth seed, respectively, giving the Flyers home- ice advantage for the first time in the post-lockout era. It is the first matchup between the two lowest seeds since the current playoff format was adopted in 1994.

Simon Gagne also scored for the Flyers, who will look to take a two-game series lead at home on Tuesday.

Jaroslav Halak, who helped the Habs notch unlikely series victories over Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington and defending champion Pittsburgh, was scorched for four goals on only 14 shots. Carey Price made nine saves in relief of Halak, who was pulled midway through the second period.

The loss is the worst to start a series for Montreal since 1919.

The Canadiens controlled play for most of the first period, but the Flyers were the only team to find the back of the net.

Both teams were called for a penalty within 51 seconds of each other in the opening couple minutes, leaving the Flyers with a short power play at the tail end of the sequence. Philadelphia capitalized on its advantage, as Ville Leino drew a defenseman to the ground near the net and shoved the puck toward the cage. Halak was unable to corral the rebound, and Coburn stuffed it in at 3:55.

The Habs outshot the Flyers, 13-6, in the opening frame, but Leighton made a couple good saves to keep the Canadiens off the scoreboard. With 6:41 left, Leighton was able to steer away a fluttering puck from the point with his blocker, and he cut off Scott Gomez’s angle inside two minutes to make a pad stop.

The hosts picked up their play dramatically in the second period, scoring early and often to take a commanding lead.

Giroux won an offensive zone faceoff, skated toward the net and flicked the disc toward Halak. Van Riemsdyk was able to find it in front and push it past the netminder just 30 seconds into the period for a 2-0 cushion.

Just under four minutes later, a second after a Montreal penalty expired, Briere took a soft pass from Matt Carle at the top of the left circle and blistered a slapshot above Halak’s glove for a three-goal advantage.

Then, approaching the midway point of the period, Gagne’s wrister from the right wing found its way past a screened Halak, and the Habs went to Carey Price in net for the remainder of the game.

Hartnell scored at 12:13 of the third, and Giroux added another tally just over a minute later to cement the victory. Leighton needed to stop only five shots in the final 20 minutes to secure the whitewash.

The Flyers came into this postseason having lost six consecutive Game 1s but have won two of three this season…Montreal had allowed only 12 goals in its previous six games…Philadelphia has won 21 of 28 series when winning Game 1…Briere has a three-game goal streak and a five-game point streak, and Gagne has a five-game point streak…Philadelphia is now 5-1 at home in the postseason, and Montreal is 5-4 on the road…The Habs have won three of the five postseason meetings between these clubs, although the Flyers won the last meeting in the 2008 conference semis…Leino and Carle both had two assists…Giroux has a plus-four rating.

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