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
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.
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