Flyers Deal Canadiens a Swift Kick in Game One
The Philadelphia Flyers pounded the Canadiens into submission in Game One of the Conference Semi – Finals. It was an ugly 6-0 one sided win.
If you were a Habs fan tuning in and waiting for a hockey game and your team to show you probably feel as though you’ve been stood up like a groom still waiting at the altar.
How to explain such a debacle?
In this post – season, the Canadiens have put forth a couple of real stinkers against the Capitals and Penguins, but there were traces of effort in those loses.
Against the Flyers, and not to discredit them by any means, the Canadiens rarely made the opposition sing for their supper.
After a first period that ended with Montreal outshooting the Flyers 13-6 but trailing 1-0, there was reason to believe the Canadiens were poised for better things. There were few ominous signs of doom, but such hope evapourated rapidly in the early moments of the second period.
*****ulative errors had a domino effect, and Montreal were sent reeling, wondering what had hit them. They never recovered.
It is in fact impossible to speak of what they did well because there was zero to nothing doing.
Montreal were unfocused on all 200 feet of ice, passes were soft, individuality reigned over team play, trios were out of synch, the defense worked alone and communication seemed to find an abyss.
The Flyers for their part, only needed a semblence of alertness to claim this game, practically handed to them as it was. Playing a very solid game, they were in position and on the ball everywhere the Habs goofed and platters were served.