Wow, that was like watching a neutron star collapse on itself. To be honest, though, the outcome wasn’t all that unexpected.
Remember when you were a kid and you went to a horror movie and you had your hands clapped to your eyes the entire time, but you couldn’t resist peeking every now and then? That was the Montreal vs. Philadelphia game yesterday. Did the Flyers secretly replace Halak with an alien simulacrum programmed to suck? He allowed four goals on 14 shots before being pulled at 29:53. The hungry Flyers netminder Michael Leighton recorded his first playoff shutout in just his third start. Now, this might just be a case of beginner’s luck, but the Habs didn’t have that “we’re goin’ for the Cup” look, while the Flyers were absolutely Hellbent. If the Habs don’t shake off their opening night jitters, they’re going to sink faster than the Titanic (ooh, too soon?)
On a happy note, the ‘Hawks flushed the Fish! Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration considering the final score was only 2-1, but I just like the way that sounds.
In a postgame interview, the always shy Blackhawks netminder Antti Niemi said of his performance, “One of the best.”
I just love how excited the announcers get!