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Montreal Canadiens-Philadelphia Flyers Game Breakers

Wednesday, 04.23.2008 / 10:55 AM / 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs

By NHL.com Staff

Alex Kovalev --
His impressive comeback season continued into the playoffs as he tied with rookie Sergei Kostitsyn for the team lead in points with six during Montreal’s series against Boston. Kovalev scored the overtime winner in Game 2 and he had two assists in Game 7.

Roman Hamrlik -- He played huge minutes – 24:42 per game, second-most on the team – against the Bruins, defying his age (34) just a little bit. Hamrlik also provided some offense with a goal and two assists. He also protects Carey Price’s net very well, keeping offenders away at all costs.

Carey Price“The Price Watch” will be on until the Habs either win the Stanley Cup or get ousted. At times he looked shaky against Boston. But when it mattered in Game 7, Price was brilliant in stopping all 25 shots in a 5-0 victory. He finished the series with 2.09 GAA and .925 save percentage.

Daniel Briere -- Briere has looked like a player who could carry the Flyers a long way in the postseason. The leading scorer after the first round, four of his six goals either tied the game or put the Flyers ahead.

Mike Richards -- Coach John Stevens uses Richards in every situation, and Richards always seems to come through. Richards had seven points against Washington, but his game is about more than just what the stat sheet shows.

Kimmo Timonen -- After shadowing Alex Ovechkin for much of the first round, Timonen again will draw the key defensive assignment in the conference semifinals. He’ll also quarterback the team’s power play and get minutes on the penalty kill.
Quote of the Day

Your team is going to want to recapture the feeling. What they're going to have to figure out is they're going to have to rewrite the story. Because you're going to rewrite the story doesn't mean you want a different end. It's just that you're going to have to learn that there's different challenges to get there, and if you're going to try and tap the same feeling, it ain't going to happen.

— Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on maintaining their success from last season