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Don't Start Proclaiming This Series Is Over Just Yet

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 16:  Simon Gagne #12 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebates after scoring a goal in the second period as Dominic Moore #42 and Hal Gill #75 of the Montreal Canadiens look on in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Andrew MasonCorrespondent IMay 17, 2010

Yes it's incredibly exciting that the Flyers showed no sign of exhaustion against Montreal coming off the four straight wins against Boston, including the 3-0 deficit in Game 7. 

But just because they cruised by Montreal 6-0 last night, don't for a second think this series is over.

Last round certainly proved that one.

In Game One against Pittsburgh, a 6-3 loss, Montreal out-shot Pittsburgh.

However Pittsburgh's four for four on the power play, and Halak letting up five goals on 18 shots, was the reason for the defeat.

In Game one against Philadelphia, a 6-0 loss, Montreal again out-shot their opponent, but the Flyers went two for four on the power play, and Halak was yanked again after letting up four goals on 13 shots.

Montreal has also been blown out in previous playoff games as well: Game Three against Washington (5-1), and Game Four against Washington (6-3).

They know how to get over these types of games otherwise they wouldn't be here right now.

They certainly wouldn't have knocked off the President's trophy winner AND the defending Stanley Cup Champions in back-to-back rounds in back-to-back Game Sevens on the road.

This is the Eastern Conference Finals and it would be a mistake for Philadelphia to think that Montreal will roll over and die for them. 

However if Montreal plays anything remotely close to what they looked like last night, unnecessary penalties by key guys(Gomez twice, Kostitsyn), terrible turnovers, not being able to hold the zone/get into the zone on the power play, top guys virtually invisible (Cammalleri held to one shot until the last half of the third period), this series will be a sweep and an ugly one at that.

Let's see what happens in Game Two.

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