ECF Game 4: Despite sand, Flyers run over Habs to get within one win of Cup Final

MONTREAL, QC - MAY 22: Jeff Carter #17 and Ian Laperriere #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrate after defeating the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 3-0 to win Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on May 22, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Flyers lead series 3-1


The Prince of Wales Trophy will be at the Wachovia Center on Monday night. If the Flyers put together a game similar to the one they played on Saturday afternoon, there's a very strong chance that the trophy will join them in a post-game ceremony. Believe it or not, your Philadelphia Flyers are a win away from the Stanley Cup Finals.

And to get there, they needed a perfect road game in a hostile Bell Centre. Despite sandy skates (sabotage!?), a raucous atmosphere and equipment malfunctions, the Flyers weathered an early storm from the Habs and by the end of a scoreless first period, things seemed a lot calmer.

The Flyers began to control play, the crowd got quieter and it was only a matter of time in the second period, where Philadelphia wound up outshooting Montreal 13-1, that they'd finally get one through. It came on a gorgeous move by Claude Giroux, who danced around Josh Gorges to beat Halak top shelf, where momma hides the grilled cheese.

1-0 Flyers, and from there, the Habs looked defeated. They play a completely different hockey game when they are down and it showed once again today. Ville Leino would add to the goal total before the end of the period, burying a breakaway chance generated by a beautiful Chris Pronger outlet pass.

Montreal tried to fight back in the third period, but Leighton was the answer for the Flyers, who did the little things that you need to do to win hockey games on the road in the playoffs. They kept the Habs to the outside, they pestered them at the blue line, they won battles in the corners and the blocked shots and pass attempts.

As a result, Leighton became the first Flyer goaltender to ever record three shutouts in a playoff series. The Philadelphia Flyers are a win away from the Stanley Cup Finals. Let it sink in.

After the jump, questions with answers and the comment of the day.

 

Questions with Answers

  1. The Flyers were furious with themselves after their lackluster performance in Game 3, saying that they'd come out firing in today's Game 4. Do they walk the walk? Montreal was solid early, but the Flyers had the answers. They weathered the expected storm and in the end, they certainly did walk the walk.
  2. Is Ian Laperriere actually returning, or is RDS a terrible news organization? Lappy was back. Lappy was Lappy.
  3. Can the Flyers stop the ole-ing with the ever important first goal? Yes, and boy, was it huge. Completely eliminated Montreal from the hockey game.
  4. Montreal was blazing fast in Game 3. Will the Flyers slow them down? Yep. Pronger was a force all night long, and on the whole, the Flyers didn't give Montreal too much time to fiddle with the puck.
  5. Chris Pronger was atrocious on Thursday. He rebounds, right? Pronger might've been the best Flyer on the ice today.
  6. New win streak begins today? Let's hope so. Five wins to go.

Comment of the Day

"OMG OUR PLAYER GOT CHECKED! LE BOOOOOOOO, LE BOOOOOOOO"

>> Boog609

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