The intensity of Saturday’s game poured over into Sunday and both the Canadiens and the Flyers came out hard. The physical play lead to an early goal by Alex Kovalev as he took a pass from Tomas Plekanec from behind the net but the Flyers quickly tied it up at one goal apiece thanks to Greg Coburn. With several Flyers distracted behind the scenes over a potential fight, Francis Boulion rushed up ice and put a wrist shot in the Philadelphia net with 1.2 seconds remaining in the first period to give the Habs a 2-1 lead.
The Flyers came out in a rush in the second and their rushes to the net eventually caused a floating deflection to bounce over Carey Price, tying the game 2-2. A short time later though Michael Ryder batted a loose puck past Nikomaki to give the Habs the 3-2 lead. Midway through the period Montreal went on a 5-3 for 1:40 due to a couple of bad Flyers penalties and Saku Koivu capitalized when he slid the puck into the Philly net to make it 4-2.
The third period saw tons of action back and forth but the period’s two goals didn’t come until the last two minutes with Maxim Lapierre scoring on an empty net and the Flyers getting one back only 30 seconds later to make it a final score of 5-3. The win finalizes the Habs’ 4-0 sweep of the season series between the teams.
I don’t want to get ahead of myself here but could this be the year? When I see all four lines contribute and Carey Price solid net, I think so.