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Round 2 | Game 3 | Montreal V Philadelphia | 4-28-08 | 7:00 Pm


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Game 2 recap

R.J. Umberger helped give Philadelphia another playoff lead, and Martin Biron came through as the Flyers finally held on to one for a crucial road win.

Umberger scored twice, Biron made 34 saves and Philadelphia beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 on Saturday night to even the second-round series at a game apiece.

Jeff Carter and Daniel Briere also scored to help the Flyers rebound after they blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads Thursday night in a 4-3 overtime loss.

"Marty was a huge part of that," Carter said. "He was unreal tonight, again, and made the big saves when we needed them. It's a good win for us. As a team on the road, going for home ice advantage is your main focus."

Saku Koivu and Andrei Markov scored their first goals of the playoffs for Montreal. Carey Price made 19 saves.

Umberger opened the scoring 5:53 in with his third goal of the playoffs.

After Markov scored 1:26 into the third to draw Montreal to 3-2, Umberger sealed the win with his second goal of the game with 2:21 remaining, shooting into a wide open right side after he batted the puck out of Price's glove.

"I was just crashing the net and it went in," Umberger said. "I'll take it."

For his part, Price wasn't happy about Umberger's tactic.

"It was a little bit of interference but it was a little bit of a hockey play, too," Price said. "I was going for the puck and he gives my glove a whack and I don't get the puck and he gets it."

Game 3 is Monday night in Philadelphia.

Briere, booed throughout the first two games at the Bell Centre, got his seventh goal of the playoffs 13:33 into the second to restore the Flyers' two-goal lead after Koivu scored on a power play late in the first.

Briere cut across the goalmouth and put a backhand under Price's pad and off the left post and over the goal line. Briere has been a constant target of Canadiens fans through Philadelphia's four games in Montreal this season - including two regular- season games - after he passed up the Canadiens' offer to sign as a free agent with the Flyers.

"We let them back in the game a little bit but I liked the way we didn't just sit back this time when they tried to come back in the game," Briere said. "We attacked and found a way to get that two-goal lead again."

Price was beaten on shots over his left shoulder twice in the first half of the opening period as Umberger and Carter scored goals 2:46 apart to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead 8:39 in.

Umberger took a drop pass from Jim Dowd in the right corner and used Koivu as a screen when he put a wrist shot over Price's shoulder into the top right corner of the net for his third goal.

Carter made it 2-0 with his fourth goal, a power-play effort at 8:39 as he beat Price with a shot from the right side.

"The first one I didn't get a good peek at it and the second one, Carter made a good shot," Price said. "I think he only had a puck-sized part of the net there and he hit it."

Koivu scored a power-play goal at 16:18 to cut the lead to 2-1 shortly after the Canadiens enjoyed a lengthy two-man advantage.

The Montreal captain reached around from behind the net to tuck the puck inside the right post, setting off a wild celebration by the crowd of 21,273.

Notes: Canadiens D Ryan O'Byrne was in the lineup for the third time in Montreal's ninth playoff game. D Patrice Brisebois did not dress because of a leg injury.

Playoff Leaders

Montreal

Points Alexei Kovalev 9

Goals Alexei Kovalev 4

Assists Kovalev/Koivu 5

PIM S. Kostitsyn/Komisarek 14

Plus/Minus S. Kostitsyn/Komisarek 4

PP Goals Alexei Kovalev 2

SH Goals Alexei Kovalev 1

Philadelphia

Points Daniel Briere 12

Goals Daniel Briere 7

Assists Vaclav Prospal 7

PIM Scottie Upshall 19

Plus/Minus Randy Jones 7

PP Goals Daniel Briere 4

SH Goals No one

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Carey Price

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Guest SKostitsyn74

If we don't let them take the lead and if Price make the stop next game, Oh ! And if they play clean..

We will win...In fact, we need to win...

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im just really hoping we stop making biron look amazing....these chances we are getting need to start finding the back of the net.

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I am confident that if the forwards and defense play the same way as Game 2, and Price regains his great play, WE WILL WIN GAME 3!

Biron can have good games but not he crashes eventually.

The team should feel good with their effort and come out flying to get the first goal!

GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO!

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im just really hoping we stop making biron look amazing....these chances we are getting need to start finding the back of the net.

Come on, making him look amazing? The guy had a great game. Just give him his credit and move on. Onto the game, I think the Flyers really need to win to keep the momentum going. If they lose, they could very well lose game 4 and head back to Montreal facing elimination. But I don't think that will happen. One of the things that's most encouraging to me about the win last night is that they played a pretty bad game, yet still won. They have proved in the first two games that they can get to Price, Biron IS fit for the playoffs, and that if they play a great all-around game (which the haven't yet), they can definitely beat this team. I think they feed off of the momentum and the home crowd, and maybe Price and the young Habs get slightly rattled in what will be a very loud building, and no, half the people will not be rooting for the Habs like in Boston.

Flyers 5

Montreal 3

LET'S GO FLYERS!!!

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Come on, making him look amazing? The guy had a great game. Just give him his credit and move on. Onto the game, I think the Flyers really need to win to keep the momentum going. If they lose, they could very well lose game 4 and head back to Montreal facing elimination. But I don't think that will happen. One of the things that's most encouraging to me about the win last night is that they played a pretty bad game, yet still won. They have proved in the first two games that they can get to Price, Biron IS fit for the playoffs, and that if they play a great all-around game (which the haven't yet), they can definitely beat this team. I think they feed off of the momentum and the home crowd, and maybe Price and the young Habs get slightly rattled in what will be a very loud building, and no, half the people will not be rooting for the Habs like in Boston.

Flyers 5

Montreal 3

LET'S GO FLYERS!!!

yes im serious, it has been the habs problem from time to time. yes he is good, but when you have guys shooting it into you, or a mile wide of the net, hitting post....it looks like biron doesnt know where he is on some shots.

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yes im serious, it has been the habs problem from time to time. yes he is good, but when you have guys shooting it into you, or a mile wide of the net, hitting post....it looks like biron doesnt know where he is on some shots.

Okay, so they just shot into him the whole game and by sheer luck he had a great game. It's all so clear now. :rolleyes:

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Okay, so they just shot into him the whole game and by sheer luck he had a great game. It's all so clear now. :rolleyes:

lol yes they do, like i said, we are either getting them in, which is on a good night, or hitting the post, shooting wide on open nets, or shooting it at him. at times we cant even buy a goal, as in last night.

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Come on, making him look amazing? The guy had a great game. Just give him his credit and move on. Onto the game, I think the Flyers really need to win to keep the momentum going. If they lose, they could very well lose game 4 and head back to Montreal facing elimination. But I don't think that will happen. One of the things that's most encouraging to me about the win last night is that they played a pretty bad game, yet still won. They have proved in the first two games that they can get to Price, Biron IS fit for the playoffs, and that if they play a great all-around game (which the haven't yet), they can definitely beat this team. I think they feed off of the momentum and the home crowd, and maybe Price and the young Habs get slightly rattled in what will be a very loud building, and no, half the people will not be rooting for the Habs like in Boston.

Flyers 5

Montreal 3

LET'S GO FLYERS!!!

Biron played VERY well. Flyers would of lost without him. But that is hockey. Goalies will step up and steal games. The series is tied and a game a piece. Anything can happen in game three. Both teams are playing well. The thing where I dis agree with you is Price....made me laugh....Flyers showed they can get to price....LOL....LMAO. Price has yet to follow his team into round two.....

Wait until Price decides to show up for a game or two. You'll see. Habs were a better road team than at home...Habs will play there best hockey on Monday night

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Biron played VERY well. Flyers would of lost without him. But that is hockey. Goalies will step up and steal games.
Yes, and he won't play that well, and especially not that lucky, every game. So the Habs are in a good spot. If Coach Stevens is telling his guys he was happy with their game (the skaters) in Game 2, I'd be really shocked. These Flyers stink. Richards? I didn't notice him all game. SK74 (21 year-old rookie) outplayed him. The Flyer defense move like there is concrete poured into their skates. Habs need to put these guys out and move on. Their next series will provide much more formidable competition.
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I am confident that if the forwards and defense play the same way as Game 2, and Price regains his great play, WE WILL WIN GAME 3!

Biron can have good games but not he crashes eventually.

The team should feel good with their effort and come out flying to get the first goal!

GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO!

Price was fine, other than he had to 'learn' again on the 4th goal (there's no goalie protection on airborne pucks). THe other three goals, there was nothing more he could do, last night or the next night: a 100% screen that actually hit him on the way in; a puck deflected by the defenseman into the top of the net, and a great play by Briere.

Habs just have to:

  • finish at the other end better
  • Make 1 or 2 fewer mistakes in their own end (they only had about 4 all night; 3 led to goals)
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Yes, and he won't play that well, and especially not that lucky, every game. So the Habs are in a good spot. If Coach Stevens is telling his guys he was happy with their game (the skaters) in Game 2, I'd be really shocked. These Flyers stink. Richards? I didn't notice him all game. SK74 (21 year-old rookie) outplayed him. The Flyer defense move like there is concrete poured into their skates. Habs need to put these guys out and move on. Their next series will provide much more formidable competition.

lol so true.... like im just tired of the team not showing up. we complete outplayed IMO, but i swear these flyers must be the luckiest team right now.

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Come on, making him look amazing? The guy had a great game. Just give him his credit and move on. Onto the game, I think the Flyers really need to win to keep the momentum going. If they lose, they could very well lose game 4 and head back to Montreal facing elimination. But I don't think that will happen. One of the things that's most encouraging to me about the win last night is that they played a pretty bad game, yet still won. They have proved in the first two games that they can get to Price, Biron IS fit for the playoffs, and that if they play a great all-around game (which the haven't yet), they can definitely beat this team. I think they feed off of the momentum and the home crowd, and maybe Price and the young Habs get slightly rattled in what will be a very loud building, and no, half the people will not be rooting for the Habs like in Boston.

Flyers 5

Montreal 3

LET'S GO FLYERS!!!

Price play he's worst game of the playoff against you, and our foward can't finish their play...If you play bad...We played like Pee-wee...And that's the problem...

Boston was a better team then you...the only thing we haven't do against you is put the puck in the net and that is coming...

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Optional skate at the Jacques Lemaire Arena in LaSalle this morning.

On hand: Mikhail Grabovski, Gregory Stewart, Michael Ryder, Mathieu Dandenault, Guillaume Latendresse, Maxim Lapierre, Yann Danis, Ryan O'Byrne, Matt D'Agostini, Kyle Chipchura.

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Optional skate at the Jacques Lemaire Arena in LaSalle this morning.

On hand: Mikhail Grabovski, Gregory Stewart, Michael Ryder, Mathieu Dandenault, Guillaume Latendresse, Maxim Lapierre, Yann Danis, Ryan O'Byrne, Matt D'Agostini, Kyle Chipchura.

Thanks, Onzeee. Confirmed sighting of Grabs? The daily status reports continue to show him "Flu -day-to-day".
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the way things are going in this series, all we have to do is get outplayed, and we will win......what a cheap series so far, should be 1-1, but the other way around....with us winning game 2....oh well.

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This series is starting to be and will be a pain in the ***. Common Price show Philly what you can do and for the rest of the team just play like you did in game 2 but get that small little piece of rubber in the net this time please, thank you!! Go Habs Go!!!

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Price needs to be FAR better than he has been for us to win, the D needs to protect the net far better than they have been and our offence, no matter how good Biron is needs to find a way to get that puck past him.

I'm hoping for two road wins, however, I'd be happy with a split too.

Come on boys, take control of this series.

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Biron played VERY well. Flyers would of lost without him. But that is hockey. Goalies will step up and steal games. The series is tied and a game a piece. Anything can happen in game three. Both teams are playing well. The thing where I dis agree with you is Price....made me laugh....Flyers showed they can get to price....LOL....LMAO. Price has yet to follow his team into round two.....Wait until Price decides to show up for a game or two. You'll see. Habs were a better road team than at home...Habs will play there best hockey on Monday night
Okay I'm glad I made you laugh so hard. The facts are, the Flyers have scored 7 goals on him in 2 games. That's considered getting to him.
Yes, and he won't play that well, and especially not that lucky, every game. So the Habs are in a good spot. If Coach Stevens is telling his guys he was happy with their game (the skaters) in Game 2, I'd be really shocked. These Flyers stink. Richards? I didn't notice him all game. SK74 (21 year-old rookie) outplayed him. The Flyer defense move like there is concrete poured into their skates. Habs need to put these guys out and move on. Their next series will provide much more formidable competition.
I don't know how you can say they stink when they're tied with your team in the second round of the playoffs.
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