Flyers 4 – Canadiens 2

The Habs came up short against the Flyers at home in Montreal today as they let the Philly team go back home with the 1-1 series split they were looking for.

Carey Price started the game looking a little shaky as he allowed three goals on the first 13 shots against him including two early in the first by Umberger and Carter to put the Flyers up 2-0. Saku Koivu brought the Habs within one as he put a wraparound attempt past a hot Marty Biron to cut the lead to 2-1 heading into the first intermission.

The second period opened with good pressure from Montreal but it was Daniel Briere who eventually nabbed the period’s only goal by sliding the puck under a sprawling Price on a Flyers rush. Rest assured the boos and hisses from the Bell Centre crowd got much louder after that.

Andei Markov scored his first of the playoffs only 1:26 into the third period to cut the lead to 3-2 but it was all Marty Biron from that point on as he robbed Canadien after Canadien to lead his team to an eventual 4-2 win after Umberger scored his second of the night on an empty net.

GAME NOTES: Depsite the score, the Habs actually outshot Philly 36-23 and controlled the puck quite well; the problem, for the most part, was Price’s shaky play and the Habs’ inability to finish a few excellent chances, especially in the third. Look for a better showing from Les Habitants on Monday at the Wachova Center in Philadelphia.

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