When the Canadiens need a stop they call on the shutdown pairing of Gorges and Gill, whom Crosby saw much of the conference semifinals. After not playing the first three of the postseason, O’Byrne has Jusuf Nurkic Jersey played 10 of the last 11 contests. the clinching Game 7 against Pittsburgh, the Canadiens dressed Gorges, Gill, Hamrlik, Subban, Bergeron and Spacek, and all but the latter two played more than 20 minutes.
Leighton’s amazing story continues: Picked up on waivers December, he saves the Flyers’, only to be sidelined with ankle injury March. His first game back, he has to save the Flyers again, replacing injured Boucher. He then turned winning performances Game 6 and 7. Jaroslav Halak is two series wins away from sainthood. He is tied for first save percentage, fourth goals-against average, and one of Kenneth Faried Jersey three goalies with 8 victories. Jaroslav Halak Goalie – MTL RECORD: GAA: 2 | SVP: 0 Obviously you can’t forget about Jaro and how special he’s been playing right now, Gorges said. I mean, he’s been unreal. There’s no other words to explain it. Laviolette, Flyers — Laviolette has shown his juggling skills are on par with his coaching abilities. Frequent injuries to his forward lines have kept him changing lines, but he pressed all the right buttons against Boston. He showed he could keep a team focused the worst of times and deserves a great deal of credit for not letting panic or frustration creep into the locker room., Canadiens — has been tactically sound for the entire playoff run, at times shortening his bench and not adverse to re-configuring lines, as he did before Game 4 against Pittsburgh that led to a win. He’s also made sure to give ample playing time to his pesky third line of Moore-Lapierre-Moen Benoit Pouliot, who has excelled offensively and defensively. Against Washington, benched Jaroslav Halak for one game following two-straight losses, but he’s unlikely to take such a gamble against having gotten this far.
Philadelphia made its historic comeback with surprisingly little help from its power play — the Flyers went just 2-for-15 winning three-straight to tie the series. They certainly don’t lack for skill, with Pronger and Carle at the points on the top unit, and Richards, Gagne and Giroux always around the net looking for rebounds. Gagne’s winning goal Game 7 came on the power play. The strong penalty killing the Flyers showed the first round against New Jersey carried through the semifinals, as they limited Boston to just 3 power-play goals winning the series. The Canadiens are near the top of the League playoff leaders both categories. Their power play unit is fifth at 21 percent. Eight of those scores have come on the road, and three at home. Montreal’s penalty killers have the unit fourth at 85 percent despite being shorthanded 62 times. They are 87 at home and 83 on the road. Danny Briere, Flyers — When Briere reached free agency 2007, the Canadiens made signing him a priority, but instead the Gatineau, Que., native signed Philadelphia. He became Public Enemy No. 1 at the Centre, getting booed every visit. This, he responded with 4 goals two. Jaroslav Halak, Montreal — The 25-year-old Slovak has survived the Montreal pressure cooker and made entire nation believe a No. 8 seed can win a Cup. Halak has also taken a ton of pressure off a banged-up defense that includes Subban, a rookie — albeit impressive one — who had only two of NHL experience before this postseason. That’s what I’m there for, said Halak. Guys block shots, guys score goals, kill penalties, everybody on this team contributes to what we’re doing, and I just do part. Flyers win if … They don’t get frustrated by Jaroslav Halak. The Montreal netminder has shown ability to steal by himself, and blown chances seemed to emotionally effect the Capitals and Penguins. The players have to understand that staying with the plan and continuing to generate traffic at the net eventually create cracks the Canadiens’ defense. Canadiens win if … Sure, Halak has made all the big stops, but the Canadiens have also gotten this far with a commitment to defense, blocking NHL-high 320 shots — second place Chicago is not even close with 190. Stopping all those pucks makes Montreal’s 39 goals really stand up on the scoreboard. Five of their eight wins have been by one goal. Preview compiled by Kimelman and Bonanno. Rookie Ennis comes up big for Sabres Halak anything but shaky must-win game Keith: ‘I just wanted to play the NHL’ Hornqvist latest key Pred to get hurt playoffs Laperriere willing to trade pain for victory.