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Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Flyers #1

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Road Warriors: Since the start of the 2010 Playoffs, the Habs have looked right at home on the road. Of their eight total wins this spring, five have come on opposing rinks. Now only two road victories shy of the club record set by Pat Burns' squad in 1989, the Habs are already in some elite company. Of the 12 other Canadiens teams to have notched 5 road wins in one playoff year, only two have failed to raise the Cup.

Score early and late: With Game 7 against the Pens serving as a prime example, the Habs are becoming springtime experts at getting in the first jab. The Canadiens have scored 15 goals in the period to lead the league. Jacques Martin's squad is also adept at delivering the final uppercut. With 14 of their goals coming in the final frame, the Habs trail only the now playoff-exstinct Red Wings and Bruins.

Take Gio down to an Amish City?: He may have been born and raised in New York state, but Brian Gionta is quite cozy in Pennsylvania. While he has never sprouted a mustache-less beard or churned his own butter as far as we can report, Gionta has amassed more regular points against the Flyers and Penguins than any other team, with 30 and 32 points respectively. Gio also lit up the Pens last round with seven points. The Flyers can now consider themselves warned.

Bird seeds: This Habs-Flyers series has already made history. For the first time since the league moved to a seeded playoff format in 1994, a seventh and eight are squaring off.
The next lowest seeds to have ever played one another where the No. 8 Oilers and No. 6 Ducks in 2006. That year, Jaroslav Spacek and Marc-Andre Bergeron helped Edmonton eliminate Travis Moen and the Ducks in five games to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.

Cammy's newest weapon: He may be the league's top scorer with 12 playoff goals, but Michael Cammalleri needed to learn a new trick to get there. With only four of his 26 regular-season goals coming with the man advantage, Cammalleri has already matched that number this spring. Only the Sharks Joe Pavelski has scored more with five, but Cammy is also the NHL's top dog with eight goals at even strength.

See also:
The Streets of Philadelphia
Opposite day 
Men in the mirror  
Making history 
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