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.