Round 3, Game 2: Canadiens fire blanks again

Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak couldn’t stop the Daniel Brière shot in the first period Tuesday night. Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: After two games of the Eastern Conference final, the Canadiens have yet to score a goal on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michael Leighton while allowing three goals. After a 6-0 loss in Game 1 Sunday night, the Canadiens fired blanks all night en route to a 3-0 loss in Philadelphia depsite outshooting the Flyers 30-23. For the second straight game, Jaroslav Halak looked average, Daniel Brière beat him high to glove side in the first period during a Flyers power play 4:16 into the game. In the second period, Simon Gagné, who has been on fire since returning from an injury in the previous round of the playoffs, made it 2-0 with another power-play goal at the 15:49 mark of the second period. Ville Leino capped the scoring in the third period with a harmless looking shot that Halak completely mishandled. Leighton has not allowed a goal in 165:50.

• Key Moments: Just like in Game 1, the Canadiens were unable to score with the man advantge, going 0-for-4, while allowing the Flyers to score twice on four opportunities.

• What It Means: The Canadiens now trail the best-of-seven series 2-0. Going back to last series against the Boston Bruins, the Flyers have won six straight games.

• What’s Next: Games 3 and 4 of the series will be in Montreal, with Game 3 on Thursday night at 7 and Game 4 Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

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