The Philadelphia Flyers have a 2-1 series lead, and just as importantly they’ve rattled the rookie goaltender of the Montreal Canadiens.
For a second game in a row the visiting Canadiens outshot and outchanced Philadelphia, but it’s the opportunistic Flyers who escaped with a 3-2 win last night.
And it’s in large part because Habs netminder Carey Price looked weak on three wrist shots that broke the game open in the second period for the Flyers. The 20-year-old Price, who stopped nine of 12 shots, was pulled in favour of backup Jaroslav Halak to start the third period.
Scottie Upshall, Mike Richards and R.J. Umberger all beat Price in a second period dominated by the Habs in the opening 12 minutes. The Flyers scored two goals on only their first three shots of the period. Two of the goals were on Price’s glove side — an area the Flyers have aimed for in this series.
“We were outshooting them pretty good after the second period, I thought we took the play to them,” Montreal winger Chris Higgins told CBC. “A couple of mistakes, a couple of shots they put in, and we’re down 3-0. But we were feeling good about our game.”