Sunday, April 27, 2008

Series is tied.

The Philadelphia and Montreal series are now tied 1-1. Anyone who thought this would be an easy series is crazy.

The first period looked a lot like the first period of game one. The Flyers got themselves up to an early 2-0 lead, off of a couple of goals Carey Price would probably like to have back. The first looked like a harmless shot that Price would normally have with no problem except Koivu was putting up a formidable screen for his goaltender and the puck found the top corner, Price didn't even move on the shot so he obviously didn't see it leave R.J. Umberger's stick. The second goal seemed to have eyes. Almost the same kind of play as the first goal, Jeff Carter was skating up the right wing and shot it to the top corner, however there was no screen, it appeared that Price didn't come out to challenge the shot enough as it found enough room over his shoulder.

Saku Koivu got a heart and soul goal on the powerplay at the end of the first, he had the puck behind the net, was knocked down, got back up and put the wrap around in. But then in the second period Daniel Briere, who had been getting booed by the Canadiens fans every time he touched the puck (see: players from Quebec who are Unrestricted Free Agents and choose not to sign with the Canadiens), managed to get the third goal and what seemed like the backbreaker. Andre Markov brought it to within one goal, but a scramble in front of the net late in the third period resulted in another Umberger goal and a 4-2 final.

Things are only going to get uglier from here, Game three is in Philadelphia on Monday night.

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