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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