Saturday, May 15, 2010

Canadiens vs. Flyers: A look back at the regular season.


The Montreal Canadiens will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Final starting Sunday night.

The Canadiens are coming off seven-game upsets of the top two teams in the east.

The Flyers meanwhile, pulled off the improbable. Down three games to none, to the Boston Bruins, and down by a 3-0 score, the Flyers rallied back to take the series with a 4-3 win Friday night.

During the regular season the two teams split their four-game series, with each team winning a game in the other’s barn.

Here’s a look back at the four games, with a video highlight compilation and notable Habs injuries. A link to the full boxscore and recaps from are also included.

Interesting to note who was in goal for the Flyers in their two wins.


December 7, 2009: Canadiens 3 Flyers 1

Carey Price made faced just 15 shots, and Brian Boucher saw 13, as both teams set club records for fewest combined shots in a game.

MIke Cammalleri scored the game winner for Montreal.

Notable Habs injuries: Brian Gionta, Andrei Markov

Boxscore and full recap.


February 12, 2010: Flyers 3 Canadiens 2

The Michael Leighton made 31 saves, and Jeff Carter scored two goals, to give the Flyers their first home win against the Canadiens since March of 2006.

Despite being down three goals after forty minutes, Montreal battled back with two quick goals but could not manage to tie it up.

P.K. Subban made his NHL debut with the Canadiens, earning an assist on a Glen Metropolit goal.

Notable Habs Injuries: Mike Cammalleri, Markov, Andrei Kostitsyn

Boxscore and recap


February 13, 2010: Flyers 6 Canadiens 2

The Flyers swept their home-in home series with Montreal prior to the Olympic break thanks to a three-goal night from Daniel Briere.

Jaroslav Halak allowed five goals on 17 shots through the first forty minutes, and was replaced by Carey Price.

It didn’t help that the Canadiens were playing their fifth game in eight days, and came out flat.

Leighton made 26 saves for the win in the Flyers goal.

Notable Habs Injuries: Cammalleri, Markov, Andrei Kostitsyn

Boxscore and recap

April 2, 1010: Canadiens 1 Flyers 0

Halak rebounds from his February flop and makes 35 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, with 14 of them coming in the third period.

Brian Boucher stopped 20 Canadiens shots in a tough loss.

Tomas Plekanec pots the lone goal of the game for Montreal.

Notable Habs injuries: none

Boxscore and recap

Flyers impact player to watch: Easily their anchor on the blueline Chris Pronger, who can pretty much do it all on defense. He averaged just over 25:30, in the four games against the Canadiens, with his lowest TOI in the four games came on February 13, where he saw 22:45.

Pronger played 31:42 on Friday night to lead a Flyers defensive corps of just four players.

Danny Briere and Claude Giroux have 15 and 11 points respectively so far in the playoffs.

In terms of clutch players, it has to be Simon Gagne who scored game-winning goals in games four and seven against Boston.

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