After a game one that made you all “Flyered Up,” this was a game that made you want to break something.
Round 2 is underway for the Flyers vs Montreal. The Flyers win 2-1 on the back of their 22-year-old goalie this past Wednesday night. Some questions still remain. Will the other stars start to shine. Will Hayes or Giroux find the back of the net? Can Konecny lead the way and start putting points on the board. The simple answer is “NO.”
The 1st period was all Montreal. Carey Price and Carter Hart remain in goal for game 2. The Canadiens start off hot giving the Flyers their first chance to trail in the entire playoffs. Thomas Tartar puts Montreal up 1-0. Assists belong to Gallagher and Suzuki. Montreal shows its energy early and often. With about seven and half minutes left the Habs strike again. Jesperi Kotkaniemi extends the lead for Montreal. Assists coming from Domi and Drouin. A bad call by the officiating and some acting from Max Domi against Shayne Gostisbehere. This will bleed into the 2nd.
Things do not get much better at the beginning of the second. With the continuation of the Shayne Gostisbehere penalty, Tartar capitalizes again with another goal. 3-0 Canadiens. Mete and Domi with the assists. Toward the midpoint of the period, Philly started to get more shots on goal but none that saw the back of the net. Some scoring chance stymied by the netminder, Price. To makes things worse an unassisted goal by Joel Armia adds salt to the wounds. The worst part of the goal is that it banks off Gostisbehere skate before sliding through Harts five-hole. Flyers switch goalies after 4-0 lead from Montreal. Enter Brian Elliot. Once again Max Domi being an insufferable jerk, like his father. He barrels into Elliot knocking the net of its rails. Expect fireworks in the third.
Can Philly overcome a 4-0 deficit? That simple answer was still “NO.” Travis Konecny’s frustrations boil over with a blatant cross-check. It ends up costing the Flyers. Jesperi Kotkaniemi gets his second goal of the game. 5-0 for the Canadiens. That is 2 Habs with a two-goal game. TK leaves the ice after an ankle injury shortly after he takes a puck off the ankle area. Unfortunately, Philly was unable to put any points on the board getting shut out by Carey Price and the Canadiens.
This is truly a game that makes you want to break something. Montreal did to Philly what they did to Pittsburgh. They made the Flyers look average. Let see if Alain Vigneault can make the necessary adjustments for Sunday evening. The Flyers lose puck races and were just worn down by the Habs. Hopefully, the Flyers are not underestimating Montreal. Was this the wake-up call they needed? Time will tell.
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