5/22/2010 3:05:00 PM
The Canadiens showed that they do indeed have some life left, as they rebounded from two shutout losses on the road in the first two games of the East Finals with a big home win.
The Montreal Canadiens
came roaring back in the Eastern Conference Finals with Thursday’s 5-1 win as 130 home favorites against the Philadelphia Flyers
, who still have a 2-1 series lead.
Sports books opened Montreal as even heavier 145 home chalk on the betting line for Saturday afternoon’s Game 4, which has seen the Flyers get most of the pivotal matchup’s early betting action.
Montreal centerman Michael Cammalleri
began his squad’s scoring in Thursday’s victory with a goal at 7:05 of the first period. The league’s leader in postseason goals (13) was assisted by P.K. Subban and Roman Hamrlik.
The Subban-Hamrlik duo also logged assists with Brian Gionta's goal at 2:00 of the third period, which gave Montreal a 4-0 lead. Subban added one more assist before the final horn for a team-high three points.
The game’s combined six goals inched above the ‘total’ of five. ‘Over’ tickets are 2-1 in the series.
Philadelphia’s only goal came at 8:22 of the third period from left winger Simon Gagne
. The two-time All-Star extended his streak of games with at least one point to seven.
The Flyers were 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Canadiens went 1-for-6. A set of penalties were handed out at 18:09 of the third period which gave early exits to a combined six skaters.
Philadelphia goaltender Michael Leighton (4-1, 1.62 GAA) stopped 33-of-38 shots in his squad’s defeat, which ended its six-game winning streak. Canadiens counterpart Jaroslav Halak (9-7, 2.55 GAA) fended off 25-of-26 thrusts.
Montreal outdrew Philly in faceoffs, 34-29. Habs centerman Glen Metropolit was 12-of-14 with his draws.
Saturday’s game could see the return of Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter, who has missed the team’s last 11 games while recovering from a foot injury. NHL.com lists “day-to-day” as the status of the five-year centerman, who launched a team-high 319 shots in 74 regular-season games.
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The Flyers are 2-0 in both of their Game 4 postseason duels, with the ‘over’ 1-0-1. Montreal is 1-1 in its two Game 4’s, with the ‘total’ also a 1-1 split.
SBRodds.com reports that the ‘total’ for Saturday’s 3:05 p.m. (ET) battle was first set at five ‘over’ (minus 130). Costa Rican betting shop 5Dimes reduced its 'over' odds to minus 125 after getting early ‘under’ action.
The contenders will have one day off before shifting to Philadelphia for Monday’s Game 5.
Odds to win the series list the Flyers as adjusted 235 favorites, while the Canadiens are plus 205.