Great game. Flyers outplayed the Habs for the 45 minutes of the game. Then the penalty on Hatcher gave the Habs life. I thought the call was correct on Hatcher but there should have been on Boullion for hitting Umberger on the knee/thigh with his hip prior to the hit OR fighting with Hatcher after the hit. It should have been 5 on Hatcher and 2 on Boullion.
Once again, Carter, Umberger and Upshall were incredible. Carter and Umberger are going to get some contracts this summer after the playoffs they are putting up after nice solid seasons.
Jason Smith was much more of a factor in the game tonight. He must be healing up whatever was ailing him. Also after Hatcher got the boot. Kapenen took a shift with Kukkunen (when Lasse had the bad call).
But the referees were awful again. How the game starts 5 on 3 was ridiculous! They couldn't even replay the penalties on TV. Then in the 3rd period, two players get tangled on the boards with the Habs player's arms around Kuukonen and they call 2 to Lasse for falling down. Biron was hit many times tonight and no penalties called. The refs are really favoring the calls towards the Canadians. It is not a new secret that the Flyers never get a call. They have to win this on their own and cannot expect a call when down, but sure can expect to be called for anything when ahead. I know the calls are bad when they don't even bother to show the penalty on replay!
I like the way this game got tight. That may sound crazy but if it was a blowout, then the Flyers would have thought that they have this. Now they know that they have very little margin for error and need to outwork the Habs consistently.
Up 2-1 now. Go Flyers. Keep fighting. I thought the Flyers bench was cool at the end as the players waved the puck from the zone.
Final note - saw this on Comcast site. In response to a Washington Post column that described Flyers fans as "women and children could be security for Megedeth," lead singer Dave Mustaine sent a videotaped message of support. He wore Jason Smith's sweater. Funny touch by the band and Flyers.