Montreal Canadiens Regroup and Hit Back at Flyers: The Script for Game Three

Pablo A. OrtizContributor IMay 21, 2010

MONTREAL, QC - MAY 20:  Mike Cammalleri #13 of the Montreal Canadiens celebates with his teammates after scoring a goal in the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on May 20, 2010 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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There is nothing like home, sweet home.

The Montreal Canadiens beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 in game three of the Eastern Conference Final. The Flyers now lead the series 2-1 going into game four, Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre.

Montreal’s offensive drought against goalie Michael Leighton came to an end while Jaroslav Halak bounced back after a shaky performance in the first two games.

Michael Cammalleri, Tom Pyatt, Dominic Moore, Brian Gionta and Marc-Andre Bergeron signed the goals for the Habs.

Simon Gagne, a Quebec native, broke the shutout midway in the third period with a perfect shot from the slot.

Now, here is the game’s script:


The main characters:

The Hero: Dominic Moore

He excelled in his role as a third liner, forechecking and creating traffic in front of the net. But that wasn’t enough for Moore. He turned up a notch and finished the night as one of the biggest threats to Philly.

In the first period he blasted a puck from the circle. Michael Leighton did what he could but the puck ended up in the net after rebounding in Tom Pyatt.

Moore stretched the lead in the second period with a wrist shot from the slot that trickled between Leighton’s pads. Nobody seems to care the Habs won’t have a second round pick next year as long as Moore plays like last night.


The Villain: Chris Pronger

Philadelphia missed his experience, leadership and strength. Pronger was pulled out of the game physically and mentally and ended up as a minus three with two visits to the penalty box.

In the first period, the veteran defenseman took a tripping penalty shortly after Montreal’s second goal. With the advantage the Habs’ momentum grew bigger and stronger.

Pronger went to the box late in the third for interference but by that time the Flyers had stopped skating.


The Sidekick: PK Subban

Game one against the Flyers was the worst for Subban as a Canadien. But he received a pat on the back from coach Martin and bounced back with a top performance in game three.

Subban collected three assists and had an almost perfect game in terms of defense. He pinches with confidence but using his brains.

The kid has showed poise, something not usual for players his age at this level. He gets in the face of the veterans or the superstars, not afraid to get his hands dirty.


The Extra: Michael Leighton

Suddenly Leighton’s bubble burst and now it seems the doors are open for a Montreal invasion. His shutout streak ended at 172:55 minutes when Michael Cammalleri cashed in a puck that bounced from the end boards.

From that moment, Leighton looked far from the stellar and unbeatable goalie of the first two games.

He felt the pressure once the Habs started crashing his net and had trouble watching the puck through traffic. The post saved him a couple of times and got another lucky break when Andrei Kostitsyn missed an open net.

He stopped 33 out of 38 shots for a save percentage of .868.


Key moment in the plot: Cammalleri’s goal

A siege that lasted two games ended 7:05 minutes into the first period of game three. Michael Cammalleri finally beat Michael Leighton and the Habs’ bench breathed a sigh of relief.

With the goal and the help of 21,273 roaring fans, the Canadiens started the engines of their offensive machinery and got back into the series.


Game notes:

- The Canadiens won their first game of the playoffs when outshooting their rival.

- After spending the first two games of the series in the press box, Ryan O’Byrne returned to the lineup. In his first shift he took a dumb delay of penalty. He spent the majority of the game nailed to the bench with only 1:34 of time-on-ice.

- The Canadiens are 10-3 this season when Marc-André Bergeron scores at least one goal.

- Michael Cammalleri scored his 13th of the playoffs. The record is 19, set by Edmonton Oilers' Jari Kurri in the 1985 playoffs.


The Quotes:

“The goals are a result of actions, and I think sometimes if your focus is on the result, you miss the boat. I liked the way we played. I liked the way we executed.” – Jacques Martin.

“I thought we did job, especially going into the third. We kept pushing, we kept forechecking. We're a much better team when we're doing that.” – Brian Gionta.

“That was an old-fashioned (butt) kicking.” – Mike Richards.

All quotations from game recap.