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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Philadelphia



(Tuesday, January 20th)

Final Score: Montreal 4, Philadelphia 1

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Richard Zednik scored twice and Jose Theodore made 22 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center.

Theodore made 15 saves through the first two periods for the Canadiens, who built a three-goal lead and improved to 4-0-1 in their last five games.

Michael Ryder added a goal and two assists for the Canadiens, who have lost just once in their last 11 games (8-1-2). Jan Bulis contributed a goal and an assist and Mike Ribeiro and Saku Koivu each had a pair of helpers in the win.

Robert Esche made 18 saves for Flyers, who have lost seven of their last nine at home. Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers, but the goal came late in the third period with Montreal firmly in control.

Zednik scored on the power play at 8:28 of the first period to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead. Koivu controlled the puck along the left-wing boards and slid a pass to Ribeiro at the side of the net. Ribeiro kept the puck moving, directing it across the crease for a tap in by Zednik.

The Canadiens had an opportunity to open a two-goal lead when Zednik was awarded a penalty shot after being pulled down from behind by Chris Therien. Zednik, who had just come off the bench and was racing to a loose puck behind the Flyers defenseman, tried to beat Esche high to the glove side, but fired the puck over the net and wide.

Zednik, however, did give Montreal a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal just over four minutes later. Ryder started the play with a cross-ice pass to Ribeiro low in the left circle. Ribeiro spotted Zednik alone at the right post for an easy score at 6:40 of the middle stanza.

Yanic Perreault's deflection off a shot by Sheldon Souray went into the net with 6:20 remaining in the second period, but the goal was disallowed after officials reviewed the play and ruled that Perreault used a high stick to beat Esche.

Bulis sealed the win early in the third period, beating Esche with a wrist shot from the left circle at 4:09.

"I think the last two games Montreal has played us, they've really just come to check and they've done a great job," Philadelphia head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I think some of their checking frustrated us and we made some mistakes because of it."

Gagne scored with just 1:18 left in the game to spoil Theodore's bid for his sixth shutout of the season.

Ryder tallied just 18 seconds later to restore Montreal's three-goal lead.

Game Notes

Philadelphia defenseman Jim Vandermeer, who was just recalled from the AHL on Monday, suffered a separated right shoulder on a hit by Koivu in the first period. The Flyers, who have now lost four defensemen to injuries in the last week, obtained defenseman Danny Markov from Carolina Tuesday in exchange for forward Justin Williams...The Canadiens improved to 4-0-1 in their last five road tilts...Montreal snapped a six-game losing streak against the Flyers, including a three-game skid in South Philly...Florida's Nathan Horton beat Flyers goaltender Jeff Hackett on a penalty shot on January 8. It was the first successful penalty shot against the Flyers at home since November of 1991...Ribeiro has three goals and eight assists in the last five games...Zednik has four goals and two assists in his last five outings...Montreal ended 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Flyers failed on two chances with the extra skater...With Hackett being treated for vertigo, Antero Niittymaki served as Esche's backup...Theodore has allowed two or fewer goals in 19 of his last 22 starts.

01/21 01:23:53 ET


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