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Umberger, Biron Push Habs to the Brink: April 30, 2008

by @NHLFlyers

The Philadelphia Flyers were underdogs entering their 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the Montreal Canadiens, but went on to take the Habs out in five games. The two biggest heroes of the series were goaltender Martin Biron and forward R.J. Umberger.

Entering Game Four of the series in Philadelphia, the Flyers looked to grab a commanding three games to one lead in the series. Third-season NHLer Umberger scored his fifth and sixth goals of the series in route to racking up eight goals and nine points over the five games. In the meantime, Biron continued a run of brilliant goaltending with 36 saves on 38 shots. The Flyers won, 4-2.

Even after the Flyers won for the third straight time, Montreal head coach Guy Carbonneau attempted to project an image that his team was in control of the situation. Carbonneau said at his Game Four his postgame press conference that his team had been superior all series to the Flyers - pointing to shot differential advantages in every game.

The Habs did make a change in goal for Game Four, switching out struggling rookie Carey Price for Jaroslav Halak (22 saves on 25 shots). Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere (eighth goal of the 2008 playoffs) scored for the Flyers in addition to Umberger's two goals.

Montreal went back to Price on home ice in Game Five. Buoyed by two more goals and an assist by Umberger, the Flyers skated to a 6-4 victory to close out the series. In his post-series press conference, Carbonneau finally gave credit to opposing head coach John Stevens and his team for how they out-competed his squad in the trenches.


April 30: Through the Years

  • 1974: The Flyers take a three games to two lead in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Semifinal series against the New York Rangers. A 27-save performance by Bernie Parent leads the way. Philly gets two goals apiece in the second and third periods, led by a pair of goals by Rick MacLeish and one each by Tom Bladon and Simon Nolet, to earn the win. Rookie callup Al MacAdam plays in place of the injured Bob "the Hound" Kelly.


  • 2014: The Flyers are eliminated from the playoffs with a 2-1 loss in Game Seven of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers. The game is not as close as the score indicates, as Flyers goaltender Steve Mason (31 saves) is the best player on the ice for either team. An early third-period goal by rookie Jason Akeson cuts the gap to one goal but the Flyers are not able to put another puck past Henrik Lundqvist (26 saves on 27 shots).
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