It's A Series: Montreal Romps Philly, Gets Back In East Final With 5-1 Victory

Montreal won't go down without a fight. Down 0-2 in their series with Philadelphia, the Canadiens rolled all over the Flyers, 5-1, at Bell Centre in Game 3. Read more at Broad Street Hockey and Habs Eyes On The Prize.

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Montreal 5, Philadelphia 1: Habs Give Flyers A Wake Up Call With Game 3 Romp

Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves, as the Montreal Canadiens shoved back with a convincing 5-1 victory over Philadelphia in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at Bell Centre.

The eighth-seeded Canadiens finally solved playoff novice Michael Leighton, who registered consecutive shutouts by turning away all 58 shots Montreal had fired at him in the first two games of this series.

Dominic Moore and Tom Pyatt both picked up a goal and one assist for the Habs, while Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Marc-Andre Bergeron also tallied.

Montreal has been resilient this postseason, rallying from a 3-1 series deficit against Washington and a 3-2 hole against defending champion Pittsburgh in Round 2. The Canadiens will look to even this best-of-seven set when they host Game 4 on Saturday.

Simon Gagne scored in the third period for the seventh-seeded Flyers, who sported a 24-8 advantage in goals during their six-game winning streak.

A journeyman goalie claimed off of waivers by Philadelphia for the second time in his career back in December, Leighton had won four straight since taking over the starting job after Brian Boucher hurt both knees during Game 5 against Boston.

The Ontario native, who turned 29 on Wednesday, finished with 33 saves.

The Canadiens rediscovered their scoring touch, beating Leighton twice in the first period.

Montreal rookie defenseman P.K. Subban unloaded a shot from the right point that sailed wide of the net and caromed off the glass. The puck came around the near post and Cammalleri jumped on the loose disc, sending it behind Leighton at 7:05.

Cammalleri's NHL-leading 13th goal of the playoffs snapped Leighton's shutout streak at 172 minutes, 55 seconds. He hadn't allowed a goal since the first period of Game 7 versus the Bruins.

A ghastly turnover by Philadelphia's Chris Pronger in the defensive zone resulted in a 2-0 lead for the home team. Moore gathered in the puck, and fired a wrister from the right wing. Maxim Lapierre tipped the shot off the near post before Pyatt pushed in the rebound at 16:52.

Moore made it a 3-0 game on a broken play in the high slot, snapping a low shot through Leighton's pads at 11:33 of the middle stanza.

Gionta provided insurance two minutes into the third, breaking clear in the slot and sliding a shot under Leighton's pad at the right post.

Gagne put the Flyers on the board at 8:22, but Bergeron capped the offensive surge with a power-play goal in the final minute.

Subban collected three assists...Montreal defenseman Roman Hamrlik had two assists and a plus-four rating...Pronger was a minus-3...Boucher owns the longest scoreless streak in Philadelphia playoff history, playing 184:45 of shutout hockey in the 2000 postseason...The Habs won for the first time in the 2010 playoffs when outshooting their opponents (1-5)...Montreal finished 1- for-7 on the power play. Philadelphia was a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill in the first two games...Gagne has recorded a point in each of his seven games since returning from a broken toe...The Canadiens played the 700th postseason game in franchise history...The last goaltender to post a shutout in three straight playoff games was Ilya Bryzgalov with Anaheim in 2006...Leighton started four games for the Flyers after being claimed on waivers from Nashville during the 2006-07 campaign, going 2-2-0 with a 3.69 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage.

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Canadiens Blog: Habs Need To Create Traffic In Front Of Michael Leighton

If the Montreal Canadiens are to get back in their series with the Philadelphia Flyers in Thursday night's Game 3, they're going to have to make life difficult for goaltender Michael Leighton, who has shut out the Habs in two straight games.

Here's SBN's Habs Eyes On The Prize.

So far in the series, the Canadiens have not been going to the Flyer net with any sustained conviction. They have been firing at Leighton from angles offered them, usually with the second forward setting up in the high slot. Leighton has not had to concern himself very often with the options traffic brings, as Montreal has been making it too easy for the Flyer defense to nullify them.

Additionally, by not charging to the net or crease area with speed or conviction, the Canadiens are not bringing with that effort the penalty calls it sometimes entails. The Montreal power play is a feared weapon that so far has been countered by Philly, but Montreal has yet to enjoy a four on three man advantage.

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Flyers Blog: Despite 2-0 Lead, Team Needs To Play Better

The Flyers have won six straight games, dating back to Game 4 against the Boston Bruins. They haven't been scored against since the first period in Game 7 against the Bruins, and they've outscored the Montreal Canadiens 9-0 thus far in the Eastern Conference Finals. But with that said, the Flyers and their fans are not happy with the way the team has played thus far against Montreal.

SBN's Broad Street Hockey tells the story.

If the Flyers are to win Game 3 in Montreal this evening, it's going to take a better effort than they showed in Game 2 and even Game 1. Michael Leighton isn't going to, nor should he be expected to, steal you four wins in a series, and as the Flyers head into the hornets nest known as Bell Centre in Montreal, it's vital that they get off to a better start than they have in the first two games of the series.

Sure, it's true Montreal hasn't scored a goal thus far in the series. But going home, where their rabid fans are going to be ready to burn down the nearest thing in sight should the Habs take an early 1-0 lead, the Flyers need to avoid that at all costs. They need to take the play to Halak and the Canadiens right away, putting those maniacs down swiftly.

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Montreal doesn't have enough fire power on the defensive end to stop the Flyers, but in order to ensure a win, Philadelphia needs to step up at 5-on-5. If they do that, there shouldn't be any problems. If they don't, they can let Montreal back into the series.

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Game 3, 7:00 P.M.: Briere, Gagne Return Home To Quebec Hoping To Give Flyers 3-0 Series Lead

(Sports Network) - After getting shut out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, the Montreal Canadiens hope to rediscover their scoring touch on home ice tonight when they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers for Game 3 at Bell Centre.

The seventh-seeded Flyers have taken a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series and have done so in impressive fashion, outscoring Montreal, 9-0, in Games 1 and 2. After notching a 6-0 victory in Sunday's opener at the Wachovia Center the Flyers took care of home-ice advantage once again on Tuesday, posting a 3-0 decision.

Philadelphia goaltender Michael Leighton has been the thorn in the side for the eighth-seeded Canadiens so far. Leighton stopped all 30 shots he faced on Tuesday and hasn't allowed a goal since the first period of the Flyers Game 7 victory over Boston in Round 2,

"We had one good player out there and, obviously, it was (Leighton). The rest of us were average," said Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

Leighton is now 4-0 in his playoff career, which began when he replaced an injured Brian Boucher during Game 5 against Boston. The 28-year-old journeyman has stopped 128-of-132 shots for an amazing .969 save percentage in the playoffs.

Leighton will take a shutout streak of 165 minutes, 50 seconds into tonight. Boucher has the longest scoreless streak in Philadelphia playoff history, playing 184:45 of shutout hockey in the 2000 postseason.

Danny Briere and Simon Gagne scored power-play goals on Tuesday for the Flyers. Ville Leino registered an even-strength goal and one assist for his third consecutive multi-point game.

"We didn't play our best game, we know it," Briere said. "Sometimes you need your goalie to steal one for you and I feel like that was the case, especially in the first 40 minutes tonight."

Briere is leading the Flyers with nine goals and is tied with captain Mike Richards for the team lead in points with 18.

Philadelphia has ripped off six straight wins since falling behind three games to none against the Bruins, and is now two wins away from its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals in 13 years. The Flyers have also scored 13 straight unanswered goals since falling behind 3-0 to Boston in the first period of Game 7.

History says a 2-0 start is a huge asset for Philadelphia. The Flyers are 16-0 all-time when winning the first two games of a postseason series.

Jaroslav Halak, yanked midway through the second period after allowing four goals on 14 shots in Game 1, made 20 saves for the Canadiens in Game 2

"I thought that we made some progress in areas," said Montreal head coach Jacques Martin. "We played much better in certain parts of the game. We spent more time in their zone tonight than the first game. We'll dissect the game and bring the necessary changes for Game 3."

The Canadiens have now lost six straight playoff games to Philadelphia. Also, Montreal has been blanked in successive playoff games for the first time since Bob Sauve of Buffalo pulled off the feat in Games 1 and 2 of the 1983 Adams Division semifinals.

Philadelphia and the Habs are battling for the East title despite being the bottom two seeds in the conference, marking the first time since the NHL adopted its current playoff format in 1994 that the seventh and eighth seeds in either conference are playing a series with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line.

The Canadiens, who will also host Game 4 on Saturday, are 3-3 on home ice during the postseason after going 20-16-5 at Bell Centre in the regular season.

Philadelphia had a poor 17-21-3 record as the guest this season, but is 4-3 on the road in the playoffs.

On the injury front, despite media reports out of Philly that Flyer forwards Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere are nearing a return from injuries, neither player is expected to play tonight.

Carter, the club's leading goal-scorer during the regular season, has been sidelined since April 20, when he broke his foot in Game 4 of the conference quarterfinals against New Jersey. Laperriere sustained a brain contusion in Game 5 against New Jersey.

For the Canadiens, defenseman Andrei Markov underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee and is expected to need six months of recovery time.

The Flyers and Canadiens are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time. Montreal won three of the previous five encounters, but Philly beat the Habs in five games the last time the franchises met in the 2008 conference semifinals. Prior to that, the previous two encounters were for conference titles, with Montreal earning a trip to the Cup Finals in 1989 -- two years after Philly beat them for the Prince of Wales Trophy in 1987.

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