If there was any way that the Flyers were going to win game one, they would need their depth and goaltender to be present from puck drop. The Flyers were no doubt fortunate to come out of this game victorious because they probably shouldn’t have. Using MoneyPuck’s deserve to win feature, the Canadiens were expected to win by a large margin. This can be supported using the differential in the rate of expected goals for which landed in Montreal’s favor.
This hard-working Canadiens team displayed they were a legitimate club after utterly shocking the Penguins in the qualifying round. They ultimately silenced the naysayers, who insisted beyond belief that there was no way that Carey Price could steal a series with a lack of high-end talent upfront. Yet, somehow, Price came out from under his rock where his home has been the past few years, and singlehandedly won the series for the Canadiens.
After vying for the number one seed, and getting it, the Flyers were able to seal the deal in game one. It certainly was not the best game for the Flyers, but they came out on top 2-1 against the Canadiens.
A Review Of The Game
Just about nine minutes after the first puck drop, the Flyers were able to capitalize on the man advantage. This was the repercussion of a Jonathan Drouin slash on Claude Giroux. Giroux made a nice pass to Provorov who shot a one-timer from the point. It found its way after a double deflection, first off Paul Byron‘s stick then hit Jakub Vorachek. This would be the only first period goal in this low-scoring and tight-checking affair.
To make one thing clear, the resurgence of Carey Price in the postseason thus far is no doubt why they are still alive. Halfway through the second period, Carey Price made an unbelievable desperation stick save to keep the game within a goal. It has been several years since Carey Price has played this level of hockey. Without question, this was the save that kept the Canadiens alive, had this gone in, the uphill climb would have felt like a trip up Mount Everest.
Like the Flyers, Montreal finally broke through with just over a quarter of the period remaining on the powerplay. After a nice chip from Nick Suzuki, Jeff Petry slid it over to Shea Weber for his powerful one-timer. Weber capitalized on the rebound with no mistake.
Seconds later, the Flyers have an incredible response with Joel Farabee scoring what would end up being the game-winning goal. The Canadiens made a sloppy play and were unable to clear the puck out of the zone which led to a shot from the point courtesy of Travis Sanheim. The original shot from the blue line took an odd deflection and Joel Farabee’s initial tip was stopped but the 20-year-old rookie buried the rebound.
The third period was goalless and was relatively quiet. Both teams had their fair chance of scoring chances but neither was able to capitalize. The Canadiens were unable to make a comeback and lost game one.
Story Of The Game
Carter Hart was unbelievable, plain, and simple. If it wasn’t for Hart’s strong game, the Flyers would not have taken game one. According to Evolving Hockey, Hart saved just over 2 goals more than expected. Montreal had a higher expected goal rate and generated more offense than the Flyers. They were unable to score on Hart aside from the lone goal from Weber.
Feature image courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer
Stats Via Evolving-Hockey
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