Can The Canadiens Climb Back Into The Series?

Oh noes. Not again!

Flyers (Broad Street Hockey) at Canadiens (Eyes On The Prize)

4:00 PST (CBC, Versus, RDS)

It seems to me that out of the 2 series left the Flyers could be the team to pull off a sweep.  However I think they have to score first against the Habs in Game 3 in Montreal. They have to take the fans out of it. They can frustrate the Habs by being up a goal because they play that tight system in front of Michael Leighton, and Leighton, well, he's playing solid. The Habs have fired 58 shots at him this series and have not scored a single goal. The turn of events for Montreal in this series is insane to watch. Speaking of Leighton, to get an idea of how much of a journeyman he really has been, check out his career stats here. He had a 16-5-2 record with the Flyers this season with the best stats of his scattered NHL career. Now in the playoffs he's a beast.

Can Halak step up his game again? He's quickly running out of time to do so.

Can Michael Cammalleri break out of the shadows that the Flyers have bestowed upon him? He has 5 shots and is a -2 in this series. How about some of the other Habs get their games going? Yeah you, Gomez, Gionta, Kostitsyns, etc.

I don't think I've ever been a fan of a Flyers team until this one.

So much adversity yet they persevere. Down 3-0 in the series to the Bruins, they dressed Simon Gagne probably prematurely (broken toe) and have not lost a game since. In that span (6 games), Gagne has scored 6 goals and 1 assist, 2 of those game-winners and 4 of them power play goals. Daniel Briere has 5 goals and 4 assists in those 6 games, with 2 of those goals being PP goals and 2 GWG's. 2 goals and 5 assists for Claude Giroux in those games as well. The attack of the killer Frenchmen! I love it.

Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere are skating with the team but are not quite ready to return yet.

If the Habs cannot penetrate the Flyer's D and put more traffic in front of Leighton they are done. They need to use their speed obviously and draw some penalties. I get this feeling the refs are going to call a lot more penalties on the Flyers tonight. Just a random guess.

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