NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Montreal |
(Thursday, April 1st)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, Montreal 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Sean Burke made 24 saves to earn his second
shutout of the season and lead Philadelphia to a 2-0 win over Montreal at the
Simon Gagne and Michal Handzus both scored for the Flyers, who snapped a two-
game losing streak to move into first place in the Atlantic Division. With 100
points, they are two ahead of New Jersey and sit as the third seed in the
Eastern Conference playoff race.
Burke posted his 35th career shutout, as Philadelphia earned its sixth
straight win in Montreal.
"Winning felt very good," Burke said. "Especially after we got off to a slow
start in the first period."
Jose Theodore stopped 21 shots for the Canadiens, who suffered their fifth
straight loss (0-4-0-1). They are in seventh place in the conference
standings, three points ahead of the idle New York Islanders.
"We got the effort tonight and we haven't had that in a while," said Canadiens
head coach Claude Julien. "The negative thing is we lost, but it's encouraging
to see the effort."
During a scoreless first period, the Canadiens dictated play. On two power
plays, they forced Burke to make nine saves.
"If it wasn't for Burke, we would have been on the back end," Gagne said.
Gagne scored his 24th goal of the season at 8:08 of the second period to put
the Flyers ahead 1-0.
With their team on the power play, Jeremy Roenick gathered a rebound in the
slot and slid a pass through the legs of Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray to
Gagne, who scored on a one-timer from near the right post.
"That goal carried us through," Gagne said.
Philadelphia, which was awarded four power plays in the second period, held a
10-8 shot edge in the frame.
Handzus put the Flyers ahead 2-0 midway through the third period on his 100th
career NHL goal. He gathered a loose puck behind the Montreal net and
backhanded the puck towards the crease. It deflected off Theodore into the net
at 8:28 of the third.
Burke made seven saves in the third period to post his 304th career victory,
which ties him with Chris Osgood for 18th place in NHL history.
John LeClair and Joni Pitkanen each had an assist for the Flyers, who have won
40 games in 21 seasons in franchise history. They also reached 100 points for
the 16th time...Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock has earned at least 100
points in his last seven seasons...Montreal went 0-for-4 on the power
play...Center Keith Primeau and defenseman Eric Desjardins returned after
missing significant time with injuries for the Flyers, who were 1-for-8 with
the extra skater.
04/01 23:40:22 ET