The Flyers captain scored one of the most memorable goals of the postseason shorthanded as part of a 3-point night, leading Philly to a 4-2 victory in Game 5 that eliminated the Montreal Canadiens and gave the Flyers the Wales Trophy. He also had two assists, giving him 21 points in the postseason for second overall.
Carter scored a backbreaking goal just 1:24 after Arron Asham(notes) broke a 1-1 tie in the second period, giving Philadelphia a 2-goal advantage it would carry over into the third period. He later scored the empty netter that propelled the Flyers into the Stanley Cup Finals.
Gomez assisted on Brian Gionta's(notes) first-period goal to give the Habs the lead, and later scored in the third period to make it a 1-goal game. It was his first goal since Game 1 against the Capitals back on April 15.
Honorable Mention: Michael Leighton(notes) made 25 saves, including 11 in the final 20 minutes, to complete his unlikely journey from the injured list to a starting goaltender's job in the Cup Finals. ... Claude Giroux assisted on the Richards goal and played aggressively all night. ... Kimmo Timonen(notes) had an assist and a team-high six blocked shots for Philly. ... Gionta led all Habs with 24:47 of ice time. ... Jaroslav Halak(notes) made 22 saves as his memorable postseason run came to a stop. ... The Philly fans mocking the Canadiens' fans "Ole" during the handshake was one of the nastiest bit of taunting of the playoffs.
Dishonorable Mention: Despite eight blocked shots, Hal Gill(notes) finally had a clunker of a night, playing 16:43 and earning a minus-1. ... Andrei Kostitsyn(notes) played his 17th straight game without a goal in 10:56 of ice time. Tomas Plekanec(notes) finished the playoffs without a goal in 13 games. ... The teams combined to go 0-for-11 on the power play.
Conn Smythe Watch: 1. Jonathan Toews(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 2. Dustin Byfuglien(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Danny Briere(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 4. Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers; 5. Antti Niemi(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Patrick Kane(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 7. Simon Gagne(notes), Philadelphia Flyers; 8. Michael Leighton, Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Duncan Keith(notes), Chicago Blackhawks; 10. Claude Giroux(notes), Philadelphia Flyers