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Mike Richards #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers prepares to face off against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

There's something in the look of these eyes...

Michael Leighton #49 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Something undeniable.

Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers talks to the media after defeating the Montreal Canadiens to win Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals by a score of 6-0 during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Something that has them staring far off into the distance...

Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers talks to the media after defeating the Montreal Canadiens to win Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals by a score of 6-0 during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wachovia Center on May 16, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Something has caught the Flyers attention... and won't let go.

Call it what you will, but the boys in Orange and Black are playing like men on a mission. Last night's 6-0 win could be overblown as a rout... as some indication that the Flyers are going to trounce the Habs in route to the Stanley Cup Finals.

I'm not quite there yet.

But what the game did show us is that the Flyers have something that they haven't had all season long. A will and determination to win at all costs. There are mixed feelings about how you handle a game like that. Obviously, Halak and the Canadiens' defense didn't have their best game... and not every game is going to be a blow out. But here's what I liked...

  • 6 different goal scorers: nearly every line was producing last night, and that's difficult to stop no matter how good your defense is
  • Leighton - steady as she goes: Michael continues to provide quality tending when required. He's still showing signs of rust but he gets sharper with every shot. And arguably two shutouts in his first three NHL playoff games? Wow.
  • In Halak's Kitchen: The thing that neither the Pens nor the Caps did was get a regular presence on the Habs' goalie's doorstep. The bulk of last night's goals were greasy, in close and screens. That's what's going to win this series.
All in all, a great start to the ECF. Still 3 wins to go... let's go Flyers!

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