PHILADELPHIA | If you were looking to go to sleep Tuesday night knowing the Capitals’ second-round opponent, Ryan Miller and Carey Price didn’t do much to help you.
At Bell Centre, Price did his best Patrick Roy impression (OK, maybe not that good) to keep the Canadiens alive with a 2-1 victory over the Bruins in Game 6. Price had 31 saves and got goals from Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta to force Game 7 Wednesday night in Boston.
At Wells Fargo Center, Miller did the opposite. He wasn’t a sieve, but he didn’t play like the goaltender who picked up two shutouts earlier in the series. The Flyers chased Miller after their fourth goal – a rocket from Ville Leino – on the way to a 5-2 victory that allowed the East’s second seed to move on.
Miller, who called Mike Richards’ shove of Tim Connolly in Game 6 “mass murder,” was under a lot of pressure given the Sabres’ bevy of injuries. With Connolly and Jason Pominville out and Derek Roy not at 100 percent, Buffalo barely managed any offense against a Flyers team turning back to Brian Boucher for Game 7.
But Boucher was hardly the story, as Philadelphia’s defense locked down and prevented quality scoring chances until the game was out of hand.
So now, the Caps wait. Some more. Their second-round opponent will finally be decided Wednesday night; if the Habs upset the Bruins at 7 p.m., the Caps get a Montreal rematch. If Boston wins, the Caps face the winner of the other Game 7, the 8 p.m. matchup between the Penguins and Lightning.