JAROSLAV HALAK asked for more rubber.

He just didn't want anymore of the Flyers' power play.

After seeing 14 shots in Game 1, when he allowed four goals before being yanked in favor of Carey Price, the Canadiens goaltender said he performs better when he can get into the rhythm of a game with more shots.

Last night, Halak saw nine more shots than Sunday's 6-0 Game 1 loss, but allowed just as many power-play goals from the Flyers. And they were doubly deadly.

The Flyers scored twice with the man advantage and blanked the Canadiens for the second game in a row, rolling to a 3-0 win in Game 2. They will take a 2-0 best-of-seven series lead with them to the Bell Centre when the Eastern Conference final series resumes tomorrow night in Montreal.

The Flyers are 16-0 all-time when leading a series two games to none. They are only two wins from the Stanley Cup final.

"It feels pretty good," Simon Gagne said. "But at the same time, we've been on the other side and we know that until the other team [quits], it's not over.

"For us, we did what we had to do here at home. Get those two wins. It's tough now."

On a night when the Flyers struggled early at even strength - and were outshot, 14-3, at one point in the first period alone - the power play picked them up and gave them an early lead.

"You don't want to roll those dice too many times," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "One guy [Michael Leighton] stood on his head, and we were able to chip one in on the power play. We weren't prepared physically or mentally and we got dominated."

In a lot of ways, Game 2 felt like any number of the Flyers' early-series contests against the Bruins last round. The Flyers dominated the scoreboard, but were outplayed for a large chunk of the game.

The only area in which they were not outplayed was the power play - where they are a staggering 4-for-10 in the series. They would be 5-for-10 if Danny Briere's even-strength goal in Game 1 came 1 second earlier.

The Flyers capitalized on their first chance last night, just a few seconds after Lukas Krajicek's penalty expired and left them with an abbreviated, 57-second man advantage with Scott Gomez in the box.

Claude Giroux found Briere with a beautiful backhand pass, and Briere fired the puck off the inside of the crossbar and behind Halak, giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead only 4:16 into the contest.

It was Briere's ninth goal in 14 playoff games this year.

"Our special teams was key tonight," Gagne said. "But five-on-five for the most part of that game, they were definitely a lot better. We're up, 2-0, but it doesn't mean anything. They're going to go back to Montreal and try to do the same thing that we did tonight.

"Our goalie had to be very good for us to win the game. We have a lot of things that we can improve, especially five-on-five."

Montreal took over after Briere's goal. The Canadiens nearly poked two or three past Leighton, who stopped 30 shots in his second consecutive shutout.

He has not allowed a goal in 165 minutes, 50 seconds of game time, and he is less than one flawless period away from the Flyers' playoff shutout streak record of 184:45 set by Brian Boucher in May 2000.

Laviolette said he would not settle for another slow start in Game 3. The Canadiens' shot total was already at 20 only 2 minutes into the second period.

"I'm not going to resign to [a slow start]," Laviolette said. "Michael Leighton saved our game tonight in the first period. We gave up way too many scoring chances. I'm really disappointed with the way we played in the first period. There was a barrage on net. That's not a road you want to go down. You want to play a better hockey game in the first period."

From there, the Flyers held on tight - holding Montreal without a shot for almost 9 minutes while increasing their lead via the power play. Their patience with a late second-period power play paid off, when Gagne whacked a loose puck behind Halak after a scramble in front of the net.

Gagne's goal gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead with 4:11 left in the second. But the play was created when Ville Leino and Gagne both won puck battles along the boards when outnumbered by Canadiens. Gagne won it to Mike Richards behind the net, who found Leino in front.

"I don't know the reasoning for the outburst, but it's definitely nice to have and [coming] at a good time," Richards said. "We put a lot of pressure. I think lately, we're throwing a lot at the net."

Gagne's goal was the Flyers' second on 13 shots thrown at Halak, whose strategy was clearly not working. And it led to the return of the mocking, "Ole, Ole, Ole!" chants from 19,907 at the Wachovia Center.

Those demons definitely were dancing in Halak's head when he bobbled Leino's shot in the third period, resulting in a 3-0 Flyers lead.

Leino took a harmless shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle and handcuffed a waiting Halak. The shot bounced off his glove and into the net.

Still, even with a lead, the Flyers didn't sit back. They were aggressive offensively and buckled down when the Michael Cammalleri - who was held scoreless with four shots - and the Canadiens came calling.

"In the second and third period, we didn't give up anything," Laviolette said. "There were some shots, but they were from the outside."

"We all feel like we haven't played our best games yet, and we still have a lot to prove," Briere said. "So I think that's a positive, that we still have more in the tank."

Now, the Flyers have a blueprint with how to approach Game 3 in Montreal. They suffered losses to the Bruins in Games 1 and 2 in Boston - and look how that turned out.

"Both teams know [a 2-0 lead] can go away quick," Briere said. "We came back. Montreal came back a couple times. The worst thing we could do right now is sit back. We want to prove that we're winning and it's not a fluke."

Slap shots

Chris Pronger, who has not been on the ice for a Flyers even-strength goal since the first period of Game 3 against Boston, blocked three shots . . . Ville Leino paced the Flyers with six shots on goal . . . The Flyers outhit Montreal, 27-22, for the second consecutive game . . . Montreal won 56 percent of the faceoffs . . . Only three of the Flyers' 12 forwards did not post a shot on goal: Scott Hartnell, James van Riemsdyk and Dan Carcillo . . . Arron Asham had a game-high five hits.

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