Archive for May 18, 2010

Flyers Take Game 1, 6-0

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 by flyersfan44

Simon Gagne celebrates his goal in Game 1

Riding an emotional high and playing with confidence after their history-making comeback against Boston, the Flyers crushed the Canadiens, 6-0 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, chasing star goalie Jaroslav Halak in the second period. The Flyers’ greater size played to their advantage against the smaller Canadiens, as the Orange and Black got in front of the net regularly and withoput much difficulty. The Flyers also got goals from six different players, underscoring the balanced offense that they possess.

Montreal will undoubtedly try to counter the Flyers’ strong forecheck with quick passes and speed in Game 2, so the Flyers will need to be ready. Remember, Pittsburgh beat the Canadiens 6-3 in Game 1 of their series but went on to lose in seven. The Flyers need to remain mindful of that. However, the Flyers’ balance is a great asset. The Canadiens could shut down Crosby and Malkin and Ovechkin to largely take away their opponents’ offensive production. Playing the Flyers, if you shut down Briere, Gagne scores. If you shut down Richards, Giroux scores. If you shut down van Riemsdyk, Leino scores. Three lines that can score is tough to defend against.