Montreal Canadiens

Daniel Briere's Line Finally Lights the Lamp for Philadelphia Flyers

Jameson FlemingSenior Writer IMay 1, 2008

For the first time since Game Two, the Danny Briere, Vinny Prospal, and Mike Knuble line found the back of the net. Briere's goal couldn't have come at a better time.

With the clock ticking away in the third period in a tie game and all the momentum on Montreal's side, Briere showed why he's worth $52 million.

His power play goal gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead. The goal was his eighth (tied for first in NHL) of the playoffs, but only second of the series.

The Canadiens couldn't find the back of the cage for the first 52 minutes of the game. But once Tomas Plekanec scored, it took only 37 seconds for another Hab to tickle the twine. Saku Koivu redeemed himself for a previous penalty that led to a Flyers goal by beating Marty Biron to tie the game at two.

The Flyers crawled out to a 2-0 lead as R.J. Umberger scored seven minutes into the second period, tallying the first goal of the game and his sixth goal of the playoffs. Umberger has now scored goals in back to back games for the first time this year.

In the third period, Scottie Hartnell notched the Flyers' second goal after he followed the rebound off a Prospal shot. Hartnell slapped it into the right side of the net and the Flyers looked to be in control with a 2-0 lead.

Of course as we all know, no two goal lead is safe for the Flyers. They had already blown four two-nil leads, losing three of those games.

A few minutes later Montreal had the game tied at two and Philadelphia scrambling to retake control.

More on the game later.

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