Defensemen key Flyers' win
PHILADELPHIA -- With a chance to close out the Cinderella Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette wasn't kidding around. He knew that Monday was a night to let his four horses run. His four defensive horses, that is. And he rode them all the way to a series-clinching victory and an Eastern Conference crown.
In Game 5, Laviolette's biggest horse was defenseman Braydon Coburn, who worked a game-high 30 minutes, 11 seconds -- including a whopping 10:29 in the first period and an even 10 minutes in the final period. Coburn didn't pile up any other eye-popping stats; he just played tough, hard, ultrasteady hockey. I think they call that winning hockey.
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