|Simon Gagne celebrates after scoring on a rebound of Ville Leino’s shot, giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead in the second period. The goal was Gagne’s sixth in six games. (Tom Mihalek/Associated Press)|
Flyers blank Canadiens again
Danny Briere, Simon Gagne, and Ville Leino scored for the Flyers. Game 3 is tomorrow night at Montreal.
The Flyers have scored 13 straight goals since trailing, 3-0, in Game 7 against the Bruins in the East semifinals. Leighton has been impeccable since taking over for an injured Brian Boucher in Game 5 of that series.
His season was seemingly over when he suffered an ankle injury in mid-March. Leighton has the Flyers two wins from their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1997.
Leighton was tested from the opening faceoff as the Canadiens outplayed the Flyers most of the first two periods.
He turned away a ferocious slap shot from P.K. Subban in the first period to set an early tone. Leighton made three quick stops in about a minute on a Montreal offense treating the game like shooting practice.
Gagne’s goal late in the second period gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead — and a badly needed cushion. The Canadiens outshot the Flyers, 16-6, in the first period and the Flyers didn’t reach double digits in shots until midway through the second.
Blackhawks 4, Sharks 2 — Dustin Byfuglien and Jonathan Toews scored on deflections 90 seconds apart in the second period and Chicago rolled to its record-tying seventh straight road win in the playoffs, defeating San Jose in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer also scored and Antti Niemi made 25 saves for the Blackhawks, who have a 2-0 series lead. This is the closest Chicago has been to making the Stanley Cup final since getting there in 1992.
The series moves to Chicago for Game 3 Friday night. That may not be the best thing for the Blackhawks, who are only 3-3 at home this postseason.
Patrick Marleau scored both goals for the Sharks, who dropped to 0-5 at home in two trips to the conference finals.