Flyers' blown lead in Game 1 may be detrimental
The Flyers began Game 1 of their conference semifinals versus the Canadiens the same way they ended the previous round: on fire. But they were unable to maintain the momentum, and it may ultimately cost them.
1. It's not how you start but how you finish. The Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers were both coming off emotional Game 7 victories in the first round -- the Flyers needing overtime to dispatch the Washington Capitals -- but it was the visiting Flyers who had the most jump and controlled the play early in Game 1 of their second-round series. By the end of the first period, they were up 2-0 and looked poised to steal early momentum in the series. But the Habs tied the game with 28.6 seconds left in regulation, and then Tom Kostopoulos ended it 48 seconds into the first overtime to give Montreal a wild 4-3 victory.
Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com.
2008 NHL PLAYOFFS
We're down to the final eight teams as the battle for the Stanley Cup continues. Scott Burnside previews the second round:
• No. 1 Montreal vs. No. 6 Philadelphia
• No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 5 N.Y. Rangers
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