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Flyers have Habs figured out

Posted on: May 1, 2008 12:09 am
 

If the Flyers are indeed playing with fire, they've learned how to avoid getting burned. And unless the Montreal Canadiens can find a way to add some more heat, this Eastern Conference semifinal will end without the need to return to Philadelphia.

The teams are heading back to Montreal for Game 5 on Saturday with the Canadiens on the brink of elimination mainly because the Flyers have managed to stymie the league's top offense -- particularly the power play and its triggerman Alex Kovalev -- in a way no other team has this season. Goalie Martin Biron, an early playoff MVP candidate, obviously has a lot to do with it because the Canadiens are getting their chances, but the Flyers are clearing rebounds, getting pucks out of their zone efficiently and winning board battles and key faceoffs.

The Flyers are also getting offense from a variety of sources and when you put it all together, it adds up to a team that seems to have gotten into Montreal's heads.

That's one reason Habs coach Guy Carbonneau decided to shake things up tonight by replacing Carey Price in goal with Jaroslav Halak, the Canadiens other rookie goalie. Halak didn't make the coach regret his decision, although he probably would have liked to have the game's first goal by R.J. Umberger back, but ultimately he didn't get any better support from his teammates than his colleague did.

In fact Philadelphia's in-your-face approach made the team that finished first in the East look inept for large stretches of the game, so while the Flyers again gave up way too many shots (38) and failed to hold a lead they should have, they still found a way to win.

Truth is, the Flyers have been a lot more effective in this series than the stat sheets might suggest. With a little luck they would have already gained entry to the Eastern Finals instead of being just one win away because had Jeff Carter not broken his stick on a crucial late faceoff in the opener, the Canadiens would not have gotten to win that one in overtime.

The irony is that the first game was arguably Philadelphia's best overall int he series. Since then, they've been so good in so many subtle ways, the Flyers have reversed roles with the team that came in as a heavy favorite. And now they have the Canadiens heading home scratching their heads and trying to figure out just how it all came apart so quickly.

The Flyers know.

Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2009 11:21 pm
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

Totally. but Flyers are a bit under rated. Habs are a bit over rated and Price is to over rated than Luongo.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2008 11:05 pm
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

Dear mpc3f,

You and your Habs can SUCK IT, theres always next year, good thing you don't know much about hockey....SHUT UP



Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2008 9:09 pm
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

Should Briere, Biron, & let's see... maybe Parent go back to France too? MORON! Typical Philadelphia fan.




Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2008 9:06 pm
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

Its CanadiEns - Idiot. The CanadiEns have only existed as a franchise for a century. You are a clearly product of the Philadelphia school system...your reputation precedes you.




Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: May 3, 2008 10:00 am
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

wow french canadians are some god damn stupid... its pathetic. Begin WAS INTENDING TO INJURE KAPANEN ON THAT PLAY YOU DIRTY CANUCK! Hatcher was not even trying to hurt anyone when he got that major boarding call for a papercut by his eye... awww Guy has some bactine for that bug bite. Habs have outplayed us? Shot wise... yep... attack time in offensive zone... yep... in net.... woopsy.... nope. Considering a team DOES consist of a goalie, shitty plays, accidents, luck.. bad timing call it what you want... your goalie play has been subpar WHILE and i cannot believe i am saying this as a flyers fan, the Flyers have had SUPERB goaltending... jesus thank god first time in 10+ years.

Lapierre sat on the puck.... delay of game should have been called not interference... your still an idiot tho for being wrong again.

holding the stick on a pp.... yawn. give me something real.

you had 6 men on the ice... buy a tv or read a newspaper.

speaking of losing games on BS penalties... lets see.... well this wasnt a penalty but without the "SUPREME PLAYMAKING ABILITY OF KOVALEV", and by that i mean, IF CARTER's stick had not broken off that face off... that goal never gets scored... which was scored on a BS penalty called on richards for pushing a guy over with his left shoulder... his knee never touched em, shown on many a replay.

AT LEAST I CAN WATCH BASEBALL YOU DIRTY CANUCK... and the NBA... and the NFL. why? cause my country owns yours. ive been to canada... ooooo the niagra falls... yaaaay. LAME. i LOVE hockey, and you stupid canucks cannot even do the NHL HALL OF FAME JUSTICE... that is the most pathetic hall of fame i have ever seen... its a joke... its like in the basement of a mall... barely marked... impossible to find... and btw... the inside... sucks... where is the gretzky wing? the history of the 6 broken down better... memoribilia.... let us build the NHL hall of fame so at least its not a side show circus

i just feel bad that when your last crappy canadian team is elminated you guys have NOTHING TO DO for the next 4 months... that must really suck... you can get all huffy when the next Marquee free agent spurns your crap city in free agency.




Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: May 3, 2008 2:22 am
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

that made no sense, except for the part about Philly exposing the Habs...

1) Just because the team is American does not mean the players are...you should know this.  Quick name a player on the Flyers, I bet he is from Canada

2) Basketball, although invented by a Canadian, was invented in the States and really began here.



Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2008 2:56 pm
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

 WHEN I SAID WORST TO FIRST IM TALKING ABOUT US POTENTIALLY GOING TO THE CUP. I KNOW WHERE WE FINISHED IN THE REGULAR SEASON. BY THE WAY, STOP WITH ALL THE ANGER ABOUT HOW THE HABS HAVING TOTALLY OUTPLAYED THE FLYERS. YOUR UPSET BECAUSE THE CANADIANS ARE DOWN 3-1 AND YOU, JUST LIKE EVERY CANADIANS FAN, THOUGHT THAT IT WOULD BE A QUICK EASY SERIES. YOU JUST NEED TO ACCEPT THE FACT THE THE FLYERS ARE A MUCH BETTER TEAM THAN YOU AND THE REST OF YOU PALS THOUGHT. THEIR RECORD FOR THE SEASON DID NOT GIVE JUSTICE TO HOW WELL THEY REALLY PLAYED. IM A FLYERS FAN BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TO WIN ONE MORE GAME AND IT WILL NOT BE EASY.  

MAYBE YOU JUST CANT BEAR THE THOUGHT OF YOUR TEAM BEING ELIMINATED BY A TEAM THAT YOU WROTE OFF AS AN EASY WIN.

GO FLYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WORST TO FIRST




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2008 2:17 pm
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

I can't argue with that, those are numbers, but as I explained earlier, the flyers have been getting a quick lead and sitting back and playing defense, so of course they are going to get outshot and out chanced. That doesn't mean they are being outplayed. Biron certainly has outplayed Price, otherwise Price would still be in goal. You don't go up 3-1 in a series based on luck or questionable calls. The Flyers have done what they need to do and hopefully they can close the series on Sat. Remember, in the words of Lemieux, "You make your own luck."




Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2008 2:02 pm
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

Im being a homer. Ill admit that the Bruins outplayed the Habs in the 1st series bt the Habs have been killing the flyers in shots possesion and scoring chances. 

You just cant bear the thought can you.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 2, 2008 10:04 am
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

Quit being a homer.  Like I said, if we were getting outplayed that bad, you guys would be winning the series.  Biron is owning you, and last time I checked, hes a flyer.   I've watched all the games and what I see if a fairly evenly matched series with Biron being the difference maker (and the Canadians goalie too, but he's been a difference maker because he's played poorly).  And I believe that the first that my fellow fan is referring to is getting to hoist the cup.  Maybe they care about other things in Canada, but in the US, first would meaning winning the cup.  Who cares about the regular season, the real season just started and the Habs are 1 game away from it being over.


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