Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton has left the Montreal Canadiens scratching their heads.
With 28 saves made in a 6-0 win to open the series, the red-hot netminder has now stopped all 58 shots Montreal has thrown his way this series and has played almost 166 minutes of shutout hockey.
''We've been a team that's come through a lot of adversity and this is just more of it','' Canadiens defenceman Hal Gill said. ''I don't think we're in a panic mode, which is good. We know we can be better; we just have to go out there and make some adjustments and do more of the good things that we have done.''
Defenceman Josh Gorges added:
''We haven't been our best, and we have to get better. We have to do a better job of limiting the second opportunities and limiting the quality chances that they have been getting.''
On the other end of the spectrum, Canadiens netminder Jaroslav Halak looked unbeatable during the Canadiens' first two series but has struggled in the first two games against Philadelphia. He allowed four goals on 14 shots in Game One before getting pulled in favour of Carey Price, and allowed three goals on 23 shots in Game Two.
''As a player, I think you have to recognize what you need to change and I think you have to show it by your actions,'' head coach Jacque Martin said. "Sometimes situations are caused by your overzealousness to play and I think as a veteran player, [Halak] knows that those are situations that he has to correct.''
The Canadiens met for over 45 minutes on Wednesday to discuss the adjustments they'll have to make in the offensive zone to help solve Leighton.
''We're working on some things that we can do in preparation for Game 3,'' Montreal's leading scorer Michael Cammalleri said. ''With the success we had earlier in the playoffs, we realized that to beat some good teams you need to score goals. Philadelphia is a good team and we're going to have to score goals to beat them.''
For the Canadiens to make this into a series, they will have to improve on special teams. They are 0-for-8 with the man advantage in the first two games, and are only 3-for-22 over the last seven games. That's a paltry 14 percent efficiency rating.
''It comes down to making sure we're all doing the right job,'' said Gill. ''Sometimes when you're trying to do too much, you get caught up. We just have to focus on what we do. It's not always going to work out but over the whole of the series, we have to be better and more aware of where we are.''
The Canadiens' penalty kill has gone cold too. They have allowed four power play goals in Philadelphia; shades of Game One in Pittsburgh where the Penguins went 4-for-4 with the man advantage. The good news for the Canadiens is that Montreal ironed out those problems by the next game.
''We've earned the right to be here,'' Martin said. ''We know it's not going to be easy, but I have great confidence in the character and the determination of our players. I think this is another time where we're challenged and that's when you see the best of people.''
The two teams meet at the Bell Centre in Montreal for Game Three on Thursday evening.