A playoff series exhibits its heartbeat from the moment the puck is dropped for the first time in Game 1. But Game 2 is when a series acquires its soul.
With that, three things to look for in Flyers-Canadiens, Game 2:
1) The overall importance: This has been said before but it bears repeating, that Game 1 is action and Game 2 is reaction -- and, in the end, Game 2 (and, really, all of the even-numbered games before Game 7) tend to mean the most. This year's Stanley Cup playoffs seem fairly typical that way. In 12 series so far, the team that won Game 1 ended up winning the series only four times (33 percent). The team that won Game 2 ended up winning the series seven times (58 percent).
2) Halak redux: Trying to figure out Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak, in the game after getting yanked, there are two examples upon which to draw. In the Canadiens' first series against Washington, Halak allowed six goals in an overtime loss in Game 2, was pulled after allowing three goals in Game 3, didn't start Game 4, and then was spectacular in Game 5 and thereafter. In the second round against Pittsburgh, Halak was pulled from a 6-3 defeat in Game 1 and then played very well the rest of the series. All of which suggests that Halak will be a pretty focused character in Game 2.