Flyers Return With Depth and Momentum

Denis DotsonContributor IMay 22, 2010

MONTREAL, QC - MAY 22:  Jeff Carter #17 and Ian Laperriere #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrate after defeating the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 3-0 to win Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on May 22, 2010 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Game 4 was a sigh of relief for many Flyers fans who witnesses the poor performance by the orange and black in Montreal in Game 3. Defense once again proved victorious, as the Flyers earned their third shutout of the series against the Habs. Michael Leighton had another great performance between the pipes, and the forwards contributed 3 goals to the cause. Claude Giroux and Ville Leino continued to be silent, but deadly weapons for the Flyers' attack in Game 4 by scoring all 3 goals.

The atmosphere of the series changes dramatically before Monday's Game 5. Most notably, the color orange will be more present, as nearly 20,000 Flyers fans will pack the Wachovia Center for another "Orange Crush" sellout. The Flyers rallied around their city and their fans, and won their first two home games 9-0 combined. Montreal goalie Jaroslav Halak appeared nervous and affected by the crowd, and you can bet the Flyers faithful will bring their all on Monday.

The Flyers also got hope when both forward Jeff Carter and defenseman Ian Laperriere returned to the ice for Game 4. While neither contributed to the scoring, the presence of both players meant more rest time for key players on the team, and added depth at  key positions. That depth should prove to be a great and valuable asset for the Flyers as the pressure builds on both teams.

With two extra skaters on the ice, the added morale of playing at home, and 20,000+ screaming fans wearing orange, the Flyers definetely have the momentum edge for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Hopefully for Flyers fans, (as the commercials say) history will be made.