Flyers-Canadiens: Flyers Dominate Habs, Martin Biron Close to Perfect

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst INovember 16, 2008

Yes, the score was only 2-1 resulting in a Flyers win, but the Flyers dominated the Canadiens last night in all facets of the game.

The Flyers came out firing in the first period. This seemed to surprise the Habs because they looked lazy and inept on both offense and defense in the first two periods. 

The crowd in the Bell Centre became very quiet within the first 10 minutes or so when they started to realize this Flyers team wasn't going to be a push-over.

The men in orange and black probably played their best game of the season last night. Their defense was astounding and they had a very fluid offense that was consistent and lacked turnovers. The Flyers are now 6-6-4 and just competed the week-long road trip at 2-0-1, earning five out of a possible six points.

Coach John Stevens was very pleased with the outcome of his club's play on the road. "Tonight was a real key for the trip. You get five out of six points, and I knew Montreal would be ready. It was a great effort from our guys, and we'll take that momentum home."

Martin Biron looked spectacular last night, stopping 24 shots including a powerplay breakaway by Robert Lang. Biron, who was playing in front of his hometown crowd, had many emotions last night playing in the Centre.

"That's all my family out there," Biron spoke of the fans. "My list had about 550 people on it. I remember going to the games in Quebec City and yelling Patrick Roy's name when I was a kid, and that's pretty cool."

"He just looks like he's challenging more," said Stevens. "It's great to see him gaining confidence, and I think he's giving the rest of the team confidence with his play." Biron will get the night off tonight as the Flyers look to win their second in a row when they come home to play the Thrashers at the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers got goals last night from Scottie Upshall who tapped one in after a great pass by captain Mike Richards. Jeff Carter popped the next in on a mini-breakaway from a perfect feed from Simon Gagne.

Antero Niittymaki will get the start tonight because of complete domination of the Thrashers. Niitty is 10-0 for his career against Atlanta, including a 7-0 shutout win against them already this season.

GM Paul Holmgren said he still hasn't heard back from Brendan Shanahan's agent.