They don't get a point for taking a game into overtime because it's the playoffs, but maybe there's a moral victory in there somewhere for the Philadelphia Flyers.
They should take something away from losing 4-3 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens tonight because they were the better team for the most part. If nothing else, the Flyers made it pretty clear that despite losing all four regular season games to Montreal by a combined 15-6 score, they won't be pushovers in the playoffs.
The Flyers actually looked pretty spunky for a team playing its third playoff game in four nights. They were physical as expected, but they showed they have the speed up front to keep pressure on the Canadiens, and goalie Martin Biron continued his impressive postseason by outplaying counterpart Carey Price.
Those are good signs especially since the Flyers handled themselves well opening the series in a tough building. Philadelphia played well on the road against Washington in the first round and it did a good job taking the crowd out in Montreal with a fast start and stretches of control throughout the night.
The Flyers had a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes, but Montreal found its legs in the second period and tied the game. Philadephia regained the lead with a power play goal seconds into the third period and then shut down the Canadiens. The Flyers would have won had Mike Richards not taking a questionable penalty with 69 seconds remaining, because Alex Kovalev scored the tying goal on the power play and Tom Kostopolous won it for Montreal 48 seconds into overtime.
So the Canadiens drew first blood in the series, but they were fortunate. And that should be some consolation to the Flyers.