It was an emphatic blowout but the Flyers are trying to keep it in perspective and stressing the point that it was only one of the four wins, they’ll need to advance.
Still it was over early as the Flyers took it to the Canadiens’ net minder Jaroslav Halak, who had been brilliant in earlier rounds.¬† It surprisingly started with defenseman Braydon Coburn scoring early in the first period, as the took the lead early despite being outshot 13 to 6 in the opening period.
Goalline Michael Leighton put in another brilliant performance and was¬† especially strong early on.¬† With goose eggs on the scoreboard for the Canadiens, the Flyboys played strong the rest of the way.
Danny Briere singled out Leighton after it was over,¬† “I didn’t think we were very happy with our first period,” Briere told Philly.com.¬† “Michael Leighton played really well.¬† We were able to come back from the first period with the lead mostly because of him.”
Coburn and Briere were joined in the goal column by Simon Gagne, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux, and James van Riemsdyk.
They were all wisely playing down the blowout win afterwards.
“You can win 6-0 or 1-0. It’s still just a win,” Giroux said. “It’s just one game.”
“It’s just one game,” Gagne said. “If you look at the way we played, yeah, we’re happy about it. But they’re going to be a lot better next game.”
I’m sure the Flyers have been drilled by coach Peter Laviolette about how Halak and the Canadiens were beaten soundly by the Penguins, 6-3 in game one, only to come back and win the series 4-3.