It will be the Canadiens against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference final on Sunday night.  The Boston Bruins led the series 3-0 and blew that and then had a 3-0 lead in game seven and and blew that.  In the end, a late too-many-men on the ice penalty gave the Flyers a man advantage and the game winning goal.  Sound familiar?

Now it’s on to the Conference final in 48 hours at the Lacovia Centre in Philadelphia.  The first time ever a seventh seed (Philadelphia) will meet an eighth seed in a conference final.   The Canadiens split their 4 game season series against the Flyers during the regular season, each team splitting home games.

Dec.7/09 @ Bell Centre – Canadiens-3 Philadelphia-1 –  Only 28 shots on goal in the game.  Carey Price stops 14 of 15.  Brian Boucher lets in 3 goals on 13 shots.  Canadiens score three straight after Briere opens the scoring.  Andrei Kostitsyn, Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron for the Canadiens.  Fifth loss in a row for the Flyers.  At the time the Flyers were last in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the East.  It was the 14th time the last 17 times and 10th win the last 11 during the regular season. 

Feb.12/2010 @Philadelphia – Flyers-3  Canadiens-2  First of a home and home just before the Olympic break.  Jeff Carter scored the first two goals  and Matt Carle made it 3-0 early in the second period.  Canadiens got two early goals in the third period by Metropolit and Dominic Moore but could get nothing more on Michael Leighton who stopped 23 of 25 shots.  Carey Price gave up three goals on 33 shots.  The win moved the Flyers ahead of the Candiens into sixth place in the East.  Darroll Powe given a five minute major and 10 minute misconduct for boarding Jaroslav Spacek.  The Flyers dominate the game physically.  It ends with a general melee with Kimmo Timonen and Scott Gomez the main event.  P.K. Subban made his NHL debut; played 18:04 and assisted on the Metropolit goal.  The Canadiens first loss in seven games at the Wachovia Center. 

Feb.13/2010 @the Bell Centre – Flyers-6 Canadiens-2.  After a rough outing in Philadelphia the night before, the Canadiens were no-shows.  Daniel Briere scored three goals.  Jeff Carter scored his third goal in two nights vs. the Habs. Jaroslav Halak’s low point of the season, giving up five goals on 17 shots.  Carey Price played the third period, stopped 8 of 9 shots.  Michael Leighton in goal for the Flyers, hardly overworked,  stopping 26 of 28 shots.  Gionta and Gomez scored power play goals for the Canadiens.  Hamrlik-2 assists and still was minus-2 in the game.  The Flyers scored two even strength goals, two more on the power play; one shorthanded and another on a penalty shot.  The Olympic break started right after the game.

Apr.2/2010 @Philadelphia – Montreal-1  Philadelphia-0  Tomas Plekanec scored the only goal of the game from Andrei Kostitsyn and Marc-Andre Bergeron at 9:25 of the first period.  Kostitsyn won a battle with Mike Richards behind the net and passed out for the Plekanec one-timer.  The Canadiens were outshot 35-23.  Halak stopping all 35 shots.  Good bounce-back for Halak after his horrible night Feb. 13th.  Brian Boucher in goal for the Flyers.  Canadiens were outshot 14-3 in the third period.  24-6 through the final 31:38 of gthe game.  James Van Riemsdyk had six shots on goal, most of them quality chances.

Canadiens vs. Flyers – Statistics

                      GP     G     Ass   Pts    +/-

Hamrlik        4       0        5        5       -1

Plekanec       4       1        2        3      +1

Bergeron      2        1        1        2      +1

A.Kostitsyn 2        1        1       2       +1

Spacek           3       0        2       2        -2

Subban          2       0        2       2        +1

Gomez           4        1        0       1        +1

Gionta          3          1        0       1        +1

Cammalleri 2         1        0       1         +3

Metropolit, Moore – 1 goal each

Goaltending – Price in 3 games  – 139 minutes  1-1  5GA  2.16 GAA   .912 save%

                       Halak in 2 games      99 minutes  1-1  5GA  3.02GAA    .904 save%

Philadelphia Individual Stats

                    GP   G  Ass   Pts   +/-

Briere           4     4     1      5     +3

Hartnell       4     0     4      4     +3

Carter           3     3     0      3     +3

Carle             4     1     1      2     +2

Betts             3     1     1      2     +2

Richards      4     1     0     1      -1

Bartulis         4     0     1     1      E

Pronger         4     0     1     1      +1

Goaltending – Leighton in 2 games  120 minutes    2-0  4GA   2.00GAA   .925save%

                              Boucher  in 2 games  117 minutes    0-2  4GA  2.06GAA    .889save%