Sunday, April 27, 2008

Biron saves game two

Martin Biron pushed away thirty four of thirty six Montreal Canadien shots on Saturday night, in a command performance that provided the Philadelphia Flyers with a game two victory and tie in the best of seven series.

Biron was remarkable in the Philly nets as he frustrated wave after wave of Montreal attackers, with some outstanding saves that left many on the Montreal bench shaking their heads.

Philadelphia was outplayed for most of the game, but thanks to Biron was able to battle back to collect the 4-2 victory, at the other end of the rink, Montreal’s Corey Price continued on with a string of tentative goal tending, surrendering a goal early in the game that seemed to set Montreal back for a bit.

While they gave up two quick goals to the Flyers early, they managed to battle back through the second and third period adding to the pressure in the Philadelphia end, but Biron rose to the challenge, refusing to allow Montreal back into the game.

The game ended on a bit of an ugly note as the Canadiens Tom Kostopoulos took offence at the Flyers celebration of goal number 4, Kostopoulos fired off a left handed punch from behind at the head of Kimmo Timonen and then landed on top of the flyer for good measure.

When all of the ensuing drama had sorted itself out, Kostopoulos and the Flyer’s Scott Hartnell went to the penalty box for roughing, with the potential for further discipline looming large before game three on Monday.

In an interesting reversal of roles of late, Philadelphia's coach John Stevens was the one decrying the overly physical nature of the incident and his disappointment in the behaviour of the Canadien, a section of the NHL landscape that the Flyers rarely find themselves hanging around these days.

Philadelphia Inquirer-- Biron salvages win for Flyers
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Biron saves Flyers in Game 2
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