The Montreal Canadiens found their power play just in time. The Philadelphia Flyers are still looking for theirs.
The Canadiens, whose power-play unit has struggled throughout the playoffs and surrendered two shorthanded goals in Game 1 of the Wales Conference finals, clicked twice Wednesday night as Montreal evened the best-of-7 series with a 3-0 victory.Montreal was 6-for-36 in 10 previous playoff games, but scored twice in eight tries and got its other goal one second after a Philadelphia penalty expired.
Coach Pat Burns said some changes he made on the power play after Monday night's 3-1 loss paid off.
"Yesterday and today, we worked on the power play. I tried different guys and put out some workers instead of the finesse guys," he said. "If certain players aren't working on the power play, they'll be taken off."
While Montreal's power play worked well, the Flyers - the No. 1 unit in the regular season and the league's most prolific unit in the playoffs - shot blanks for the second straight game.
"We have to do a better job on the power play and killing penalties," Flyers coach Paul Holmgren said after his team was shut out in four tries and fell to 0-for-9. "We have to make some adjustments."
Still, Holmgren wasn't upset leaving the Forum with a split. Games 3 and 4 will be played Friday and Sunday in the Spectrum.
"We wanted to steal another game, but we came up short. Still, I'm proud of the guys and the effort they put forth," he said.
Philadelphia's Ron Sutter said the Flyers didn't have the same energy they had in the opener, when they controlled the tempo for most of the game.