Finally, the Prince of Wales Trophy belongs to the right side of Pennsylvania. It’s been 13 years since that massive upset to Detroit. Now we get the chance to bring home the Stanley Cup, as we face the ChicagoBlackhawks. Breaking tradition, Mike Richards grabbed the trophy, and held it proudly.
And the Flyers didn’t simply win the East. They ripped apart any hopes and dreams that the Canadiens had. They made them look slow. They brought Halak back to Earth. They shrunk Hal Gill. And they did with heart, passion, and some kick ass goals.
0:59 into Game 5, Gionta scored to give the Canadiens life. That was the last thing their fans had to cheer for in this season. While shorthanded, Mike Richards looked like a man possessed. First, he created a 3 on 1 rush by running over a defenseman (GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!) and setting up Coburn for a one-timer. They didn’t score, and the play went back in the Flyers end. But Giroux gathered the puck, and sent it back towards the Montreal zone. Richards gained a step on Hamrlik, and Halak raced out of his cage to knock the puck away. All three players got there at the same time, and crashed into each other. But While Hamrlik and Halak were tangled, Richards was back on his feet, where he took the loose puck and slammed it into a gaping net. Arron Asham nearly gave the Flyersa lead as he went on a breakaway, but after deking fired high.
Once again, the Flyers owned the second period and pretty much ended the game there. First, Asham was alone in front where he used some fancy stick-work to fire a shot past Halak to give the Flyers a lead. Carter doubled it on a sweet misdirection passing play. He dropped the puck to Timonen, circled and headed towards the net. Timonen carried it down the left boards, and passed it to Richards stationed behind the net. There, the captain one-timed a pass back in front to Carter, and he fired it home.
The rest of the game featured a ton of chances for the Flyers to ice it by extending the lead to 3. Odd man rush after odd man rush wasn’t converted. A two goal lead is the scariest thing because things can change in a moment. 7 minutes into the third, Gomez made us sweat by converting a loose puck into a goal. 3-2, plenty of time, and the Habs are buzzing. But Michael Leighton stood tall, not letting anything else beat him.
With the net empty, Richards once again ran over and through a few Canadiens on his way after a loose puck. He was tripped as he got to it, but managed to sweep it in front of the net, where Carter scored his 2nd goal of the game with 23 ticks left on the clock. Finally, it was time to celebrate!
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