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Habs Carry Playoff Weight Into Philly

With regulation losses for all three of the teams currently locked up with the Habs in the playoff race – the Bruins, Flyers and Thrashers – Montreal has gotten something of a bye for the defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes on Wednesday night and tonight have the opportunity to pull ahead of the crowd when they visit Philly.

The Canadiens notched a 3-1 victory against the Flyers in their first meeting this season but dropped two back-to-back in a home-and-home event in February. With Philly and Montreal tied at 82 points with equal games played but the Flyers holding one extra victory, the Habs can jump into sixth spot tonight with a victory.

Jaroslav Halak gets the start in nets after Price’s hard-luck loss in Carolina.

Habs Lose Back-to-Back to Philly

Les boys dropped both matches in their home-and-home series with the Flyers on Friday and Saturday, losing 3-2 and 6-2 respectively. The losses put the Habs back into eighth spot in the Eastern Conference with Philadelphia and Boston both holding games in hand.

The Flyers managed to get up 3-0 on Montreal in both games, first against Carey Price on Friday and then Jaroslav Halak on Saturday, chasing the latter when he gave up five goals in two periods. Price also had problems in his start, letting in a couple of questionable goals including a floater from the point. Goaltending aside, though, the Flyers really had their way with the entire team in both games. Between our undersized forwards, lack of goal scoring ability and clumsy defense, we never really had a chance in either contest.

The one bright spot in a Habs fan’s weekend? P.K. Subban, the ultra-confident, strong, aggressive d-man that we’ve been watching develop in Hamilton get his first two NHL games under his belt, grabbing an assist each night to boot.

Enjoy the Olympics and, barring any exciting news in the meantime that requires a blog post, see you after the break!

Game 62: Canadiens 4 – Flyers 3 (OT)

Three in a row!We’re only seconds away from the puck drop against San Jose so I’ll be brief but here are the big points from last night’s big win over Philly to nab us three wins in a row:

– the special teams – huge PK and at 41% on the powerplay since landing Schneider
– Kovalev continues to skate harder then usual and grabbed a goal and an assist on the OT winner by Schneider
– Metropolit was a bust in his first five minutes, losing the opening faceoff and ending up a -1 in the first 30 seconds…I question the decision to play him last night
– Halak was a monster again, making 35 saves

San Jose recap and thoughts coming after the game!

Habs Pick Up Glen Metropolit From Flyers

Glen MetropolitBob Gainey announced today that the Canadiens have picked up Glen Metropolit on waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers today, adding a gritty veteren to the Montreal centre lineup. Bob’s statement:

I said yesterday that one one of our needs was to acquire a centre to add depth to our group composed of Saku Koivu, Tomas Plekanec, Maxim Lapierre and Kyle Chipchura,” GM Bob Gainey said in a team release.

“This presented itself in the past few hours when the Flyers placed Glen Metropolit on waivers. Glen is an experienced player who played very well against us (for the Boston Bruins) last season in the playoffs. We’re very happy to acquire him.

A nice move by Gainey, hopefully en route to some bigger news over the next few days. Metropolit is a rugged centreman with a 50+% stat in the faceoff circle; as a right-hander, we could use the help.

It’s unclear at this point whether Metropolit will play tonight in Philly wearing blue, white and red, but here’s hoping!

Canadiens 5 – Flyers 3

The Habs played their third and final road game before returning to Montreal for their home-opened on Wednesday as they visited the rival Philadelphia Flyers in the hopes of at least some small payback for last season’s second round defeat in the playoffs. Carey Price got the start for the Canadiens after Jaroslav Halak had an impressive outing in Toronto on Saturday.

Andrei Kostitsyn opened the scoring in the second after a scoreless first period as he fired a well-aimed wrist shot past Philly goalie Martin Biron, giving the Habs a 1-0 edge. Carey Price made save after save throughout the first 20 minutes as the Flyers worked for chances in close and he was finally beaten only two minutes after the Kostitsyn goal as Jeff Carter one-timed a pass from Scottie Upshall with a laser that slipped past the glove side of Price. Less then two minutes after that Mike Richards bombed another slapshot past Price, this time on the powerplay, to give Philly a 2-1 lead going into the third.

By the time we were 2:02 into the third the Habs had potted an early goal from Roman Hamrlik as he completed a nice pass from Alex Kovalev and a crazy bouncing marker as Mike Komisarek’s point shot was deflected past Biron by a Philly stick, putting the Habs up 3-2. Robert Lang finished up on an excellent effort by Sergei Kostitsyn to make it 4-2 before the Flyers answered back a minute later with Simon Gagne cutting the lead to 4-3. The Flyers pulled Biron late in the game and Steve Begin managed an empty-netter, giving Les Habitants a 5-3 victory – and no small bit of satisfaction.

GAME NOTES: Sergei Kostitsyn continues to play very well, will be interesting to see how he develops this season. Carey Price was fantastic, stopping 29 of 32 shots and keeping the Flyers off the board when it counted despite several quality chances.

Flyers 3 – Canadiens 2

Another disapointing loss today for the Montreal Canadiens in Philadelphia as they got off to another lackluster start on all sides and ended up with a 3-2 defeat as the Flyers took a 2-1 lead in the series.

Carey Price, whom I typically try not to criticize too harshly, was awful, allowing three goals on 12 shots in his third awful outing in a row. He may be a young rookie but he’s still a professional hockey player getting paid very well for his role with the team; he needs to shape up his game before it’s too late.

In the meantime the Canadiens shooters were as bad as ever until they decided to pick their game up for the third period when they managed two goals on a five-minute major to the Flyers. That was as far as they got though.

Price was replaced by Jaroslav Halak in the third period and question marks remain as to the question of who start in game four. Halak faced only two shots in the third but did make one dandy save.

GAME NOTES: The Habs did outshoot the Flyers 34-14, leaving hope that, with a bit of extra work on the ice and solid goaltending from Price (or Halak), we’ll be just fine.

Philadelphia Flyers – Game 3

The Canadiens head to Philly after their disappointing game two loss to decide a lead in their currently tied series. Many fans are a bit worried after the near-loss in the first game but I have to say this: Carey Price was a bit shaky on Saturday and Martin Biron was outstanding, that was the biggest difference in the game.

Assuming Price steps up his game from this point forward and the Montreal shooters made a better point on Monday – a big Canadiens’ win is coming.

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.

Philadelphia Flyers – Game 2

Game two of the Habs’ semifinal series against the Flyers takes place at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday evening. The Canadiens will be looking to build on the momentum they established in their game one overtime win while Philly will be looking to control Montreal’s faster skaters in order to keep the scoring to a minimum.

With Philadelphia having taken a 2-0 lead in the first period of game one the Habs will likely be looking to tighten up their defense and stay close to shooters like Daniel Briere. After suffering a few bad breaks early on in the first game between the teams Carey Price looked great so expect the same from him.


Canadiens 4 – Flyers 3 (OT)

The Habs got off to a shaky start in their first match against the Flyers as R.J. Umberger scored a goal by having Patrice Brisebois tip the puck past Carey Price for him and Jim Dowd put a hard slap shot in the Montreal net with Brisebois as the screen only a few minutes later. The period ended with Philly up 2-0 and the Canadiens looking a little desperate.

Montreal got things going in the second as they outshot Philadelphia 13-9 and got fantastic goals from Andrei Kostitsyn (thanks to a great pass by brother Sergei) and Alex Kovalev as he tipped a puck into the Flyers’ net while the Habs were shorthanded. The second period ended at a 2-2 tie with the Canadiens looking to be in temporary control.

Joffrey Lupal opened the third period scoring when he scored on the powerplay for the Flyers, giving them a 3-2 lead that lasted until the final seconds of the game. With Carey Price on the bench and the Habs with a 6-4 man advantage Alex Kovalev scored his second of the game to tie it up and force overtime with only 29 seconds remaining in regulation.

Overtime was a short affair that saw Tim Kostopolous end things only 48 seconds in as the Montreal Canadiens tooks a 1-0 lead in the series and moved one game closer to number 25.

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