Halak recovers, Habs pepper listless Flyers in Game 3 victory
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) – Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves, as the Montreal Canadiens shoved back with a convincing 5-1 victory over Philadelphia in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at Bell Centre.
The eighth-seeded Canadiens finally solved playoff novice Michael Leighton, who registered consecutive shutouts by turning away all 58 shots Montreal had fired at him in the first two games of this series.
Dominic Moore and Tom Pyatt both picked up a goal and one assist for the Habs, while Michael Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Marc-Andre Bergeron also tallied.
Montreal has been resilient this postseason, rallying from a 3-1 series deficit against Washington and a 3-2 hole against defending champion Pittsburgh in Round 2. The Canadiens will look to even this best-of-seven set when they host Game 4 on Saturday.
Simon Gagne scored in the third period for the seventh-seeded Flyers, who sported a 24-8 advantage in goals during their six-game winning streak.
A journeyman goalie claimed off of waivers by Philadelphia for the second time in his career back in December, Leighton had won four straight since taking over the starting job after Brian Boucher hurt both knees during Game 5 against Boston.
The Ontario native, who turned 29 on Wednesday, finished with 33 saves.