The Montreal Canadiens skated into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals at home in the Bell Centre, knowing that
they had to come out with a victory, or face an uphill climb in getting to the
Stanley Cup Finals from a 3-0 deficit.
The Habs said they needed to come out swarming and get bodies in front of Flyers
goalie Michael Leighton to get back into the series and they
accomplished both goals. Leighton had Montreal scoreless through the
first two games
of the series.
7:05 into regulation, when Mike Cammalleri finally got the
Canadiens their first goal of the series. A weird bounce off the boards
following a wrist shot by P.K.
Subban landed right on Cammalleri’s stick to the right post and he
quickly put the puck in the open net. Leighton was tangled up with
defenseman Matt Carle who was pushed into the crease by Cammalleri just
found the puck resting on his stick.
The Canadiens would add another weird bounce goal
with just over three minutes remaining in the first period when Tom
Pyatt banged home a rebound into another open net off of a rare giveaway by
Flyers all-star defenseman Chris Pronger.
The Canadiens would never look back as they fed off
the frenzied crowd inside of the Bell Centre, one of the NHL’s loudest arenas.
They would add another goal in the second period off the stick of Dominic Moore, as
he wristed a shot from the slot that slowly slithered between Leighton’s pads
and over the goal line.
The Flyers only goal would come with the Canadiens
up 4-0 and just 8:22 left in regulation off the stick of Simon Gagne. When the final buzzer sounded, the Canadiens had gotten themselves back into this series with a huge 5-1 win.
Flyers’ captain Mike Richards admitted after the game that his team received a “beat down.” He also went on to say
that this was a wake-up call for the Flyers and that maybe they were to cocky after taking a 2-0 in the series.
Head Coach Peter Laviolette was visibly
angry as he sat at the microphone fielding questions as to what went wrong for
“We will play better,” Laviolette promised.
We will see if that rings true for the Flyers on
Saturday, as the Canadiens will look to even up this series at home in what is
sure to be an even more raucous crowd at the Bell Centre Saturday afternoon.