NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Montreal|
(Saturday, February 16th)
Final Score: Montreal 1, Philadelphia 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Carey Price posted his first career shutout,
and Andrei Kostitsyn had the only goal as Montreal edged Philadelphia, 1-0, at
Bell Centre, sending the Flyers to their sixth consecutive loss.
Price, who made 30 saves in a 4-1 win over Philadelphia on December 13, turned
aside 34 shots in this one as Montreal won its second straight on the heels of
a three-game skid.
Coincidentally, that Habs' victory in December sent the Flyers spiraling on a
six-game slide with two of those losses in a shootout. The Orange and Black
have now lost six consecutive games, all in regulation, and are quickly
falling off the pace in the Atlantic Division.
"They came on hard" Price said of the Flyers. "You have to give our penalty
killers credit. They only shot from the outside but I'll remember this one as
the first shutout. I'll call home and my folks will be happy with this one."
Antero Niittymaki was nearly flawless in stopping 19-of-20 shots for the
Flyers, who welcomed forward Scottie Upshall back to the fold, but lost right
wing Joffrey Lupul during the contest.
Upshall returned after missing the last four games with a sprained right
ankle, while Lupul left in the second period with a lower body injury and did
not return. It was just his fourth game back since missing a month with a
spinal cord contusion and concussion.
The Flyers also continued play minus a pair of defensemen, as both Derian
Hatcher and Braydon Coburn were each given at least one more game to recover
from their respective injuries. Hatcher missed his second straight game with
fluid in his knee, while Coburn has missed four straight while recovering from
a ruptured artery.
Philadelphia trailed by a goal heading to the third period, but had a two-
minute, 5-on-3 chance to try and pull even. Price came up huge several times,
though, and was later bailed out by Alex Kovalev, who swept the puck out of
the crease as it trickled just inches from the goal line.
"We moved the puck around really well - cross the crease passes, shots from
the slot and we had a couple of shots from the point," said Flyers center
Daniel Briere. "We used it all, but Price was there."
Price was spectacular the rest of the way, while the penalty-killing unit
continued to shine for Montreal. The Flyers also had a goal waved off with
1:09 left, after replays showed Price was pushed into the net.
Both teams generated plenty of scoring chances -- 10 apiece -- in the first
period, but the game remained scoreless despite plenty of power-play
Montreal fared better with the extra skater in the second period, as Kostitsyn
got a second chance at the puck after tripping over Niittymaki's skate.
Falling head-first toward the left boards, Kostitsyn somehow backhanded the
disc through the five-hole at 3:52, giving the Habs a 1-0 lead.
Philadelphia's best chance to tie it up came during four-aside hockey with
2:54 left in the stanza, but Jeff Carter's wrist shot was turned aside by
Price at the end of an odd-man rush.
The Habs have beaten the Flyers in five straight games for the first time
since 1977, and recorded their first 1-0 shutout over Philly since Tony
Esposito turned the trick at the Forum on December 14, 1968...Price, a
first round draft pick in 2005, was playing in just his 23rd career NHL game.
He has started 22 of those contests...Philadelphia ended 0-for-5 on the power
play, while Montreal converted just one of its seven chances...Montreal leads
the season series, 3-0. These teams will meet for the final time in the
regular season on Sunday in Philadelphia.
02/16 22:32:10 ET