Philadelphia Flyers Upsets Top Seeded Montreal Canadiens

Chris ZadoroznyCorrespondent IMay 4, 2008

R.J. Umberger and the Philadelphia Flyers can rest now after a 4-1 series win over the Canadiens. 

The top seeded Canadiens faced Boston in the first round, which went to seven games.  Philadelphia faced Washington in the first round and also went to seven games. 

The Flyers played with much more intensity, and Montreal could not keep up.  Game one was controlled by Montreal, and they pulled out a win in overtime, 4-3. 

Alexei Kovalev had two goals, and Kostopolous and Andrei Kostitsyn contributed a goal.  Carey Price stood strong and kept the Canadiens in it. 

The next four games would go to Philadelphia as they played much better than game one and outworked the Canadiens.  Game two is when R.J. Umberger showed up to play.  He had two goals in a 4-2 win at the Bell Centre. 

Daniel Briere also contributed a goal in the 4-2 win.  In game three, the Flyers took an early 3-0 lead after the second period with goals from Mike Richards, Scottie Upshall, and obviously R.J. Umberger. 

The Canadiens tried to rally after pulling Carey Price. 

Montreal knew that they would have to win at least one in Philly to have some momentum coming back to Montreal for game five.  In game four, R.J. Umberger had another two goals, and the Canadiens left Philly down 3-1 in the series after losing 4-2. 

Game five went back to Montreal with a must win, or they are out of the playoffs.  It started off as a great game as the first period ended with Montreal up 2-1.  Philadelphia came back and scored three in the third to take the lead. 

Montreal would end up in a tie until 3:04 left in the third, and Philadelphia advanced to the Conference finals after an empty net goal by Mike Knuble. 

Philadelphia had a tremendous series and should be very proud of how they played.  They will be playing either Pittsburgh or New York in the finals.