PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Flyers magical season continued Tuesday night with the Flyers shutting out the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 and now have a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals with the series shifting back to Montreal for Games 3 and 4.
Michael Leighton stopped all 30 shots he faced and did something no Flyers goaltender has done since 1975, which is have back-to-back shutouts in the playoffs. Bernie Parent did it on his way to winning the Stanley Cup. Another omen in a playoff season filled with omens from a Flyers fans perspective.
Daniel Briere once again got the Flyers off to a great start in the first period scoring 4:16 into the game. Simon Gagne continued his wild ride back from injury scoring in the second period off of a rebound in front of Jaroslav Halak for the 2-0 lead. Ville Leino scored midway through the third period on a shot that Halak looked surprised on. The Flyers have now scored 13 straight goals in the playoffs.
The Flyers have never lost a playoff series after going up 2-0 in a series, but the Habs have come back twice so far this playoff season against Washington and Pittsburgh so you can bet no one on the Flyers are taking them lightly from here on out, especially Briere
“Well, it’s definitely a good feeling (to be up 2-0),” Briere noted. “But you look at the two teams that are here right now, both teams know that that can go away quick. We came back. Montreal came back a couple times. They were down 3-1, 3-2 against very good teams before. So we’re not going to sit back. We saw what we were able to do to Boston. So the worst thing we could do right now is sit back.
“The thing that I like is the fact that we all feel like we haven’t played our best games yet, and we still have a lot to prove. So I think that’s a positive that we still have more in the tank. We’ve been winning, but it’s not just a fluke.”
Chris Pronger, who’s been on some successful teams before, including the Cup winning Anaheim Ducks, knows he is on a unique ride with the Flyers.
“To be honest with you, each team has its own different identity and own make up of players, its own identity,” he said. “As I said. So can you use some of the experiences that you had, but you’re really forging and creating your own new ones and everybody’s along for the same ride.”
So far the ride has been sweet for Flyers fans. With two more wins the team will reach the finals for the eighth time in franchise history.