Habs buried in nightmare on Broad Street

There was no magic in goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s game Sunday night as he gave up four goals on 13 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers went on to beat the Canadiens 6-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.

Halak was pulled after Philadelphia scored three times in the first 9:53 of the second period to take a 4-0 lead.

But there’s no reason to believe that Halak won’t be the starter in Game 2 Tuesday night (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, CJAD-Radio-800). Halak gave way to Carey Price after he surrendered five goals on 20 shots in the opening game of the semifinal series against Pittsburgh. The Canadiens lost that game 6-3, but Halak returned two nights later to make 38 saves as Montreal beat Pittsburgh, 3-1.

James van Riemsdyk took advantage of a misplay by rookie defenceman P.K. Subban to make the score 2-0 at the 30-second mark of the second period. Brian Gionta won a draw in the Canadiens’ zone, but the puck went through Subban’s legs and van Riemsdyk muscled the puck past Halak.

Penalties led to the next two goals. Daniel Brière scored on a shot to the far post at 4:23. While it wasn’t technically a power-play goal, it came a second after Maxim Lapierre finished serving a two-minute penalty for roughing.

The Flyers scored their second power-play goal of the game at 9:53 when Simon Gagné scored on a screened shot from the faceoff circle.

Scott Hartnell added a goal at 12:13 of the third period and Claude Giroux completed the rout at 13:26.


15 Responses to Habs buried in nightmare on Broad Street

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    That was an all out ass whooping, simple as that.

  2. leafy says:

    Game 2 is key. The Habs can go out in 4 straight OR they can win the series. Game 2 will tell us if they are capable of giving Philly a series. Don`t be fooled by Game 1 alone!

  3. leafy says:

    The reason I`m not so quick to write off the Habs is because they seem to get better as the series progresses.

    Otherwise yea, they were over-matched physically by Philly in game 1.

  4. HABSSTAR says:

    Oh I'm not writing them off.  It's just one game, the first one as it were.  They can make adjustments and they could win this series.  I was just calling a spade a spade on game one. lol

  5. HABSSTAR says:

    Oh I'm not writing them off.  It's just one game, the first one as it were.  They can make adjustments and they could win this series.  I was just calling a spade a spade on game one. lol

  6. hockeyhead says:

    two threads about one game.?

    come on off season.

  7. leafy says:

    I believe the key tonight is for the Habs to contain the area from their net and 20 feet out.

    The Flyers forwards are too strong to handle 1 on 1, so Montreal has to play as a unit to provide strong support in that 20 foot radius outside their net. They did this very well by collapsing down low against Pittsburgh, but they have to be even better against Philly.

    Montreal does a pretty good job at not giving up the blue line off the rush, but it's the physical battles in front of the net and on the PP that is of concern.

    So game 2 tonight is key.

  8. HABSSTAR says:

    They should bring Ryan OB in to replace Bergeron.  Chances of him giving away the puck anymore than Bergeron are remote and he'll do better in the radius you're talking about then MAB would.

  9. leafy says:

    Holy crap! Another shutout for Leighton.

    First Flyers goalie to get back-to-back playoff shutouts since the great Bernie Parent.

    Montreal is dead. They got no chance to beat the Flyers in this series.

  10. leafy says:

    Well the Habs look out of gas. Some of their players don't even look interested, giving Chris Pronger love taps on the forecheck. Not exactly playoff hockey.

  11. Boston_Bruins says:

    The third goal on Halak is one of the weakest goals I've ever seen scored on a goalie. For as many games as he steals he's lost these two games for the Canadiens. Maybe going to Price wouldn't be a bad option.

  12. DannyLeafs says:

    I wouldn't blame that loss on Halak, he was solid early, not much he could do about the other goals scored on him and the Canadiens are playing awful in front of him. The Canadiens barely had any scoring chances all game, and they let the Flyers dictate the game. It was an ugly loss. Their game plan is based around their goalie being absolutely unbelievable, so in that case it was Halak's fault, because he was just human last night.

    The big problem is that the Canadiens haven't played that great to begin with, they just played pure underdog hockey. Ride a hot goalie, collapse around him, hold on, wait for a mistake and capitalize. That's not going to work if they give up the opening goal early in every game. The Canadiens had no Heart, no grit, and no effort last night. They took several one handed slashing penalties, and even looked slow against a team that is supposed to be much slower. Leighton had the easiest 30 save shutout I have ever witnessed. They just tossed it at him for the perimiter most of the game, and when they did attempt to penetrate they just got brushed aside. Perimeter shooting isn't a good option when you don't have many heavy shots.

    The really scary part for Canadiens fans was all the post game interviews. The coaching staff and the players all seemed to think they played just fine, and that things would turn around if they kept playing like that. They seemed way too satisfied with their lack of effort. If they play another game like that, hell if they just play the first period like that in game 3, it's lights out. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, they were awful, and that was fine with them? makes no sense.

  13. Boston_Bruins says:

    Well in both games the Canadiens started out as the better team only to be deflated by the Flyers scoring. Didn't he let in 2 of his first 5 shots or something. While you can't blame him on the second goal he definitely should've had the first one, even if it was a defensive breakdown.

  14. leafy says:

    Usually goaltending is vital to winning in the playoffs. But in this particular series, Montreal's last problem is goaltending.

    If Patrick Roy in top form was playing for the Habs, Philly would still have won the first 2 games easily.

  15. nordiques100 says:

    think its time to sit both kostitsyns and put back in obyrne and pouliot.

    go with 7 D and have bergeron on the 4th line with darche and maybe maxwell back in for mets as max is 6'1 194 lbs adding just a bit more size. and its not like they'll get tons of ice time. but….you could roll in darche and max with the other guys like G and G or cammy and pleks.

    pouliot would go back with G and G, cammy would join pleks and put on lapierre to add grit.

    moore, moen and pyatt would be the 3rd unit.

    subban hamrlik
    spacek obyrne
    gorges gill

    they need some D with mroe pushback and obyrne has the size that helps.

    halak of course stays in goal.

    putting gill on the PP may be a stretch but at least its a net presence. maybe instead though hamrlik in front with pleks sliding back to the point with spacek.

    have hammy be the net presence with cammy in the slot and perhaps laps down low for puck battles.

    6'3 pouliot best find himself there on the other unit if he wants to play.

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