|Tomas Plekanec led all Canadiens with five shots, including his breakaway chance in the second period. |
MONTREAL – If scoring chances counted toward playoff victories, the Canadiens would have won Game 2 by at least a touchdown.
But unfortunately, the Habs just couldn’t buy a break on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Despite outshooting the Flyers by a 36-23 margin, the Canadiens were simply unable to get the puck to cooperate by crossing over the Philadelphia goal line past Martin Biron.
“It wasn’t for a lack of opportunities,” said a frustrated Christopher Higgins. “We just couldn’t get a bounce tonight. The way we kept getting all those chances, we all thought something was bound to come of it. I don’t know how many times we jumped up on the bench thinking we were about to score. That’s what makes this one even tougher to swallow.”
The seemingly endless stream of golden scoring opportunities may not have necessarily gone to waste, according to Habs captain Saku Koivu.
“The effort you put into the opening games of a series don’t always pay off right away,” explained Koivu. “Sometimes the results of that work won’t show until later in the series. We’re improving in certain areas like getting the puck in deep and cycling down low. Hopefully this will pay off as we get deeper into this series.”
While the Habs may have deserved a better fate on Saturday night, the Flyers felt the same way following Game 1 after dominating but coming up empty-handed. The fine line between winning and losing a playoff game has been on full display so far in this rapidly-intensifying series.
“Sure we had more shots and more chances than they did, but that’s the playoffs, you never know how a game is going to turn out,” said Steve Begin. “We did some good things tonight. It’s no time to panic, but we do need to act.”Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com