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The Philadelphia Flyers have been a very exciting team to watch lately. The scene was no different on Tuesday evening. The Flyers took a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 at the Wachovia Center. The Flyers jumped ahead of the Montreal Canadiens almost instantaneously.
Danny Briere got the scoring started only a few minutes into the contest. It was Briere’s ninth goal of the postseason. Briere has really been a remarkable story. Since signing his big contract with the Flyers, he hasn’t lived up to the expectation. However, he is now playing on the wing and has moved away from the center position. He has seen tremendous success as of late. He is fourth in the NHL in playoff goals. He only trails Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, and Mike Cammalleri. That is some strong company.
The Flyers also received goals from Simon Gagne and Ville Leino. Gagne has been huge since coming back from his foot injury. He has scored the game winning goal a few times this postseason. His presence gives another veteran in the lineup that can step up in big situations. Ville Leino has been exceptional as of late. Leino was acquired mid-season from the Detroit Red Wings. What a pickup Leino has been. He has contributed three goals and eight assists through the postseason so far. He is a highly skilled player that really fits into this lineup very well.
Lastly, Michael Leighton recorded his second straight shutout. The Flyers have won the first two games of this series by scores of 6-0 and 3-0. Leighton has gotten tremendous goal support, but hasn’t even needed it. It’s not very often that an NHL goaltender gets a second chance. He has answered the call all year when he was called upon. It was unfortunate that he went down in March. He seems comfortable in net and has made some huge saves. Dare I say that the Flyers may be looking at the goalie of the future. The Flyers have a long way to go, but they are only six wins away from hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup.