Bleu, BLANK, et Rouge: Flyers Shut Out Canadiens Again

Ville Leino scores for a 2-0 lead.

Claude Giroux beats Jaroslav Halak for a 1-0 lead.

The Flyers have come within one win of the Stanley Cup Finals with a 3-0 shut out of the Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Flyers played another really solid defensive game, putting up a wall around goalie Michael Leighton and limiting Montreal to just 17 shots, most of which were from the perimeter. After a scoreless first period, the Flyers played a superb second, allowing only one shot on goal and scoring two as long outlet passes sent speedy forwards in on Montreal goalie Jaroslav Halak. Kimmo Timonen found Claude Giroux at the blue line and he flew past defenseman Josh Georges and put a quick shot from in close over Halak’s shoulder. Later in the period, Chris Pronger made a sensational outlet pass from his defensive circle across ice and right on the stick of Ville Leino in the neutral zone. Leino broke in alone and made a great deke, slipping the puck just past Halak’s pad for a 2-0 lead. Giroux added an empty netter late in the game to seal the win. The Flyers can close it out at home on Monday. Let’s do just that. Understand that the Caps were up 3-1 on the Canadiens in the first round and lost the series. Don’t give Montreal any life and put it away on Monday.

Other observations from Game 4:
This is the first time in Flyers’ history that they have recorded three shut outs in one playoff series.

This is the first time in their 101-year history that the Canadiens were shut out three times in one series.

Jeff Carter and Ian Laperierre returned from injuries and provided a spark for the team. Carter was great on faceoffs as the Flyers won 68% of the draws. Laperriere was his usual defensive force. Both looked good for coming back after long layoffs.

NBC analyst Pierre Maguire reported that there was sand on the runway leading from the Flyers’ dressing room. Several Flyers had skate blade problems early in the game, including Mike Richards, Scott Hartnell, and Kimmo Timonen. Some people said the substance on the floor was grains of something larger than sand grains and caused dents in Flyers’ skate blades. If this is true, it’s a shame that the Canadiens have to resort to cheating to try to win the series.

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One Response to “Bleu, BLANK, et Rouge: Flyers Shut Out Canadiens Again”

  1. I guess the sand on the floor wasn’t as effective as they thought it would be. I wouldn’t be surprised if the ghost of Clarence Campbell was the culprit. Well, that’s probably the excuse that the Habs would use…

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