Stunned Canadiens trail Flyers 2-0 after 2nd

Philadelphia Flyers 2, Montreal Canadiens 0

Flyers lead series 1-0

After being embarrassed in Game 1, one thing the Montreal Canadiens
vowed to do tonight was to come out with energy and purpose, hoping to
stun the Flyers with an early onslaught.

That’s exactly what they
did. They controlled played in the first and through much of the second
period, outshooting the Flyers 26-13 after 40 minutes and enjoyed three
power plays in the first period.

Unfortunately, after two
periods, it’s the Habs who are left stunned and now trail the Flyers 2-0
after two power play goals; one each in the first and second periods.

Leighton has made several big saves but has yet to really be
miraculous; the Flyers are doing as good a job as can be expected to
keep the attack to the perimeter and limit the second-chance
opportunities for the Habs. 

It’s incredible to think that after taking out the Capitals and the Penguins, it’s the Philadelphia Flyers that have posed the biggest problem for the Habs. Of course, there was some thought that perhaps the Canadiens thrive best as the underdog and once the pressure was placed squarely on their shoulders the closer they got to the Cup we might start to see them wilt.

Danny Briere has continued his resurgence in the playoffs, scoring his 9th of the postseason in the second period.

It’s as frustrating a game as you can
get for the Canadiens, and you have to think that all this energy
they’re using will hurt them in the third period as now they fight
against a team that is great with a lead.

Memorial Cup champion goalie Appleby signs with Devils

Ken Appleby
The Canadian Press via AP

Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.

Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.

Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.

Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL stars weigh in on McDavid

Connor McDavid
The Canadian Press via AP
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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)

While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)

Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)

The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (