Philadelphia Flyers-Montreal Canadiens: Habs Outwit, Outlasted, Outplayed

May 22nd, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 0 Philadelphia 3 (Bell Centre) Flyers lead the series 3-1.

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." —F. Scott Fitzgerald

Peter Laviolette is a smart coach. On the off day on Friday, Laviolette tasked his players to pass along organizational messages to the media. Philadelphia complained about being shortchanged by the officiating in Game Three, particularly Josh Gorges's elbow to the mouth of Claude Giroux.

Whether or not the coach's strategy was effective is open to conjecture, but the Canadiens did not receive a power-play opportunity until the third period.

Canadiens were also on the defensive for so-called poor sportsmanship as Mike Richards whined about the Habs' first power-play unit being on the ice at the end of the game.

But in addition to the communication offensive, Laviolette broke down film identifying several areas for improvement.

Your Montreal Canadiens had a good start to this game and even had the upper hand on the Flyers, for about 10 minutes this afternoon. Shots were 5-to-2, with the Habs attacking with speed. The Bell Centre crowd was loud but seemed on edge.

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