Well, it finally happened; the one thing that didn’t seem possible this Stanley Cup betting season: Jaroslav Halak was beaten…beaten quite badly. The hockey betting world was reminded that the Slovakian net minder is human after all even if he has been nearly perfect through the first 14 games of the NHL playoff betting. In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals betting action the Philadelphia Flyers did the unthinkable and netted 4 goals against Halak on their way to a 6-0 route.
You can be forgiven for thinking that the Flyers are a team of hockey betting destiny. First the #7 seed Flyers pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sports betting history by winning a series in which they trailed 0-3. Then they came out in the Conference finals and completely dominated a team that most NHL odds makers thought would have their way in this series.
And the biggest surprise of all this is that the goal tender in this Stanley Cup betting matchup that no one is talking about is the one that had the superb game. Back goalie Michael Leighton has been almost flawless since taking over for the injured Brain Boucher and posted a shutout against the best goal scorer in the NHL playoff betting action, Michael Cammelleri (12 goals in 15 games).
So far nothing in this Stanley Cup betting series has gone the way it’s supposed to and no doubt Game 2 will likely be more of the same unpredictable NHL playoff betting action. The Philly crowd has been stupendous this entire hockey betting season, but especially during the post season. This team and its followers truly believe that they are destined for the Stanley Cup betting Finals. And why shouldn’t they? They’ve already faced about as much hockey betting adversity as any team can, and survived.
But Montreal is a team that’s on a Cinderella voyage of its own and it’s more than comfortable playing from a hole in the NHL playoff betting. Halak should return to form after having his first let down of the 2010 NHL post season betting action. And expect Cammalleri to come to life and make Leighton’s life miserable. Despite Philly embarrassing the Habs in the opener of this NHL odds series, look for the Habs to bounce back and get the win in Game 2.