The Canadiens just don’t do opening nights very well.  For the second consecutive series opener, the team laid an egg.   Against the Penguins, Jaroslav Halak was pulled in favour of Carey Price with the score 5-2 and en route to a 6-3 defeat.  Sunday night in game one against the Flyers it was 6-0.  

The Canadiens were sluggish, undisciplined and uninvolved and paid a heavy price in losing to a Flyers team that only a day to rest after seven game series against Boston.

Jaroslav Halak gave up 4 goals on thirteen shots before he was yanked in favour of  Carey Price who let in the final two goals.

Two of the six goals came on the Flyers power play.  A third goal came just a second after another Canadiens penalty expired.  Six different Flyers scored; Braydon Coborn, Simon Gagne, Scott Hartnell, James Van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux and Daniel Briere.  Michael Leighton stopped 28 shots for his first career playoff shutout.

Entering this series, after playing fourteen games in twenty-eight days, the Canadiens got three days off before starting their Eastern Conference final series.   Some time over the 93 hours between the end of game seven of the Pittsburgh series and the opening faceoff against Philadelphia they lost the magic that got them this far in the playoffs. 

The Canadiens were sluggish, undisciplined and uninvolved and paid a heavy price, losing 6-0  to a Flyers team that only a day to rest after seven game series against Boston.

Jaroslav Halak gave up 4 goals on thirteen shots before he was yanked in favour of  Carey Price who let in the final two goals. 

(VIDEO OF GAME HIGHLIGHTS BELOW)

How It Went

First Period

Laying the Groundwork-Chris Pronger leveled Mike Cammalleri with a crosscheck in the second minute of the game and went to the box. 

The First Bad One-While Pronger was in the box, Scott Gomez was sent off for roughing Mike Richards.

The Game Winner– With nine seconds left in the power play Braydon Coborn jammed the puck past a sprawling Halak to make it 1-0.

No Attack- Although the Canadiens outshot the Flyers 13-6 in the first period, there was little followup in their attack.  Which made life relatively easy for Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton. 

The Second Period

Lost Faceoff- Twenty-five seconds into the second period Claude Giroux faced off against Gomez deep in the Canadiens end.  Not only did Gomez lose the faceoff, he also let Giroux reach behind him and slide the puck over to James Van Riemsdyk who scored.  2-0. 

Another Bad One- Less than two minutes later, Maxim Lapierre was called for roughing Ryan Parent.  One second after the penalty expired, Daniel Briere rifled the puck through a screen created by Scott Hartnell and it was 3-0.  

Icing on the Cake– Andrei Kostitsyn went off for boarding Ville Leino.  This time it was Simon Gagne on the power play and it was 4-0.

The Mercy Rule – Jaroslav Halak had let in 4 goals on 13 shots.  He had no chance on the last three.  Carey Price mopped the game up.  4-0 after two periods.

The Third Period

Nothing in the Tank- The Canadiens showed no desire or ability to at least win the third period.  Scott Gomez picked up a lazy slashing penalty midway through.  18 seconds after the penalty expired Scott Hartnell beat Price with a hard shot on the stick side. 

Cammalleri Stopped-To stop the playoffs hottest leading goalscorer, the Flyers put Chris Pronger on the ice against Michael Cammalleri.  His only shot on goal was a 40 footer at 12:48 of the third.

The Sixth Goal – Claude Giroux at 13.26.  6-0.  The worst Canadiens opening game defeat in 91 years.  In 1919, the Seattle Metropolitans shutout the Canadiens 7-0 in the first game of a Stanley Cup final that was never completed because of the influenza pandemic that took the life of Joe Hall.

Ending the Misery- Both sides simply trying to get it over with.  The final 5:19 of the game was played without a stoppage.  Final score 6-0.

Summing It Up – Write it off as a bad night.   Perhaps because of the three day layoff, the Canadiens had no jump to their game.    There seems to one game a series like this.  Canadiens fans can only hope it’s limited to just one game.   There was game two in the Washington series where they Canadiens blew that 4-1 and lost 6-5 in overtime.  Two games later the Canadiens lost to Syd and company 6-3.  6-3 in the first game of the Penguins series.  Now 6-0.  Count on Halak being back in the nets Tuesday night for game two.  Most of what happened or didn’t happen on the ice in game one can not be blamed on goaltending.  Also count on a bounce-back by the Habs.  In this game thire legs were dead.  The Flyers were that good and the Canadiens that bad.  Adjustments will be made.  You can expect it will be another long series.