In the beginning of the first period, this was looking like another typical Montreal Canadiens playoff game. Jaroslav Halak was under siege worse than Steven Segal at certain points, yet the Philadelphia Flyers only managed one powerplay goal from Braydon Coburn.
The big difference is that the Canadiens are showing a little more punch, even if they haven’t pierced Flyers goalie Michael Leighton just yet. Leighton had 13 saves in one period for Philly while Halak seems like he’s playing more like Marc-Andre Fleury or Jose Theodore with only 5 of 6 saves. Sure, Montreal hasn’t had that many great scoring chances, but it’s rare enough for the Habs to have a 2-1 (or better) shoots for versus against ratio.
Despite the shot disparity, Philadelphia is playing confident, aggressive hockey right now. These two teams are on remarkable hot streaks and it looks like the Canadiens might really struggle with the Flyers.
So far, this series is looking quite intriguing. More updates to come.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.