Broad Street Is Back: Perfect Game By Flyers Pushes Habs To the Brink

May 22nd, 2010 by Ryan Fancey Leave a reply »
The Philadelphia Flyers couldn't have hoped for a better game than Saturday afternoon's contest against the Canadiens. Game Four went off without a hitch for Philly, as they easily cruised to a 3-0 shutout win to take a stranglehold on the Eastern Conference Finals.

The win for the Flyers can mostly be attributed to physicality and tight defensive play. Midway through the second frame, after Mike Richards laid a nice open-ice hit on Hal Gill, Claude Giroux took advantage of a Josh Gorges broken skate and went to the net to bury a beauty goal top cheddar on Jaroslav Halak.

Ville Leino grabbed another gorgeous goal on a feed from Chris Pronger later in the period to put the Flyers up 2-0.

From there, Philadelphia executed a perfect plan for the third period and stalemated a Canadiens offense that simply didn't exist. After being hit throughout the first two frames, the Habs seemed to lose their wheels and didn't show any urgency in the final period.

The Flyers simply shut down all of their rushes and turned the puck up ice. In fact, I was very surprised by how well Philadelphia can throw the puck down the ice without actually icing it. ...

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