Once again, it has taken Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin a momentum draining loss to realize that he needs 6'5 Ryan O'Byrne in the lineup.
In the Quarterfinals against Washington, O'Byrne was not in the lineup for Games 1-3 and his presence may have made an impact in that series as the Canadiens won three of the next four games with O'Byrne in the lineup versus a 1-2 record when he was not.
His size is needed against a strong, fast, and hard-hitting Flyers team.
On the flipside, Marc-Andre Bergeron is good for only one thing: playing the point on the power play. And even at times, he looks shaky. If O'Byrne draws into the lineup, look for Bergeron's minutes to be decreased and Benoit Pouliot to be taking a seat in the press box.
That is, unless Martin wants to play the 6'3 Pouliot agains the larger Flyers defense. But with only 2 assists and a -4 rating in 15 games these playoffs, Pouliot's may be in Martin's doghouse as is Sergei Kostitsyn.
Bergeron, however, will be dressed whether or not O'Byrne draws in because of his power play expertise.