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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: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2008 12:23 pm
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

ARE YOU TALKING TO ME A S S H O L E!!!!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2008 11:59 am
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

you're a f*cking moron, dude.



Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2008 11:34 am
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

WELL GENTLEMEN I WOULD HAVE TO AGREE. THE FLYERS CAN NOT CONTINUE TO GIVE UP 35-40 SHOTS A GAME, IT IS TO MUCH TO ASK OF BIRON. HE NEEDS A BREAK AT SOME POINT. WE WILL WIN THIS SERIES IT'S JUST A MATTER OF WHEN, THE FLYERS ALSO NEED TO GET THAT FINISH THEM OFF MENTALLITY OR COULD BITE THEM.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE RANGERS GIVE PITTSBURG A LITTLE BIT OF RESISTANCE BEFORE THEY CLOSE IT OUT, THEY HAVE HAD IT WAY TO EASY SO FAR, BUT THEN AGAIN THEY HAVE NOT FACED THE RESILLIANT FLYERS YET. GET READY SID!!!!

GO FLYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2008 9:17 am
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

did you see the game last night.  the stat showing how long the Flyers have had the lead in this series says it all.  the Habs have never had the lead in any game.  my bad, except when they won in ot.  so I have to say the Flyers have not been outplayed at all in the series.  like you said it is 3 - 1. 



Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2008 8:57 am
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

Truth is, the Flyers have been a lot more effective in this series than the stat sheets might suggest.
That is a bulls eye right there... the flyers have NEVER trailed in this series during play (keep in mind the OT win ended that game obviously)

GO FLYERS!!!!!!!

close it out!



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2008 8:02 am
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

When I saw that mouthy habs fan take a beer to the face last night I thought of you.  Sit down, shut up and go back across the ocean to france where you belong!



Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2008 6:47 am
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

First of all, no one expected the Habs to even make the playoff this year, let alone win the East, so I don't know about overrated --- overachieving, maybe - but not overrated.
Secondly, take away Biron playing WAY over his head, and your comment about the Flyers exposing anything goes by the wayside.  The Flyers have been outplayed for the entire series, and if you honestly believe that they are the better team, you need to learn a few things about hockey.

Of course, they lead 3-1, so it doesn't matter what i say -- but don't be ignorant about it...  At this point, I'm pretty sure the Flyers will win the series, and if they want to have ANY chance at beating the Penguins they'll have to play A LOT better.  I don't think Biron can sustain this level of play... sooner or later the rest of the team will have to show up.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2008 12:30 am
 

Flyers have Habs figured out

The hab-nots have been overrated all year.  The Flyers are just exposing what has been there for the taking.  Sorry 'nadia, but your hockey dominance has long since past you by.  Remember how you invented Basketball and we went on to perfect and dominate it?  Welcome to the future...

We'll start owning you in Curling next...suckers.



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