NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Montreal
(Saturday, November 15th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 2, Montreal 1
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Martin Biron made 24 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a seven-game losing streak against Montreal with a 2-1 win over the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Scottie Upshall and Jeff Carter each scored a goal for the Flyers, who last defeated Montreal in the regular season on November 25, 2006. Mike Richards and Simon Gagne had the primary assists for Philadelphia, which had dropped four of five coming into the game.
"It's one of the best games after playing against the Thrashers," said Biron. "To come into their building after a long road trip and to be able to do that is showing a lot from the guys in this room. We're working hard in practice and going back to the basics and we've been playing good as a group."
Alex Tanguay scored the lone goal while Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves in the loss for the Canadiens, who have dropped four of five.
"Montreal is being poor on the power play," said Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau. "But I thought we had some great chances over the first two periods. We had a really great chance at the end, but we just kept turning the puck over at the blueline."
The Flyers came out of the gates flying and put early pressure on Price, but the goaltender made the saves when he was called.
After a heavyweight fight between Josh Gratton and Georges Laraque, which Laraque clearly won, momentum switched to Montreal and the team had three power plays awarded over the next several minutes, but Biron made several nice stops to keep the scoreboard clean.
After 20 minutes of play, Biron had made 10 saves while Price finished with nine.
The Flyers made it a 1-0 game 5:30 into the second period. Richards had the puck along the left boards and threw a shot out front that Upshall was able to tip past Halak for his second goal of the season.
Philadelphia then made it a 2-0 game a bit over 10 minutes later. Braydon Coburn hit Gagne with a pass near the Montreal blueline and, from just inside the Montreal zone, Gagne sent a lead pass to Carter, who skated in alone and snapped a wrister into the right corner of the net
The Flyers almost had another goal at the end of the second period as the puck crossed the line, but it was just moments after the horn sounded and after initially being called a goal on the ice, the review showed that to not be true.
Montreal kept trying to get shots on net in the third period, but the Flyers did a good job of blocking shots in front of Biron.
The Habs appeared to get on the board halfway through the third as Tanguay knocked the puck out the air from a sharp angle, but the net was off its moorings and the goal was called off.
However, just moments later, Montreal did get on the board as a centering pass from Saku Koivu from behind the right side of the net was tapped in by Tanguay to make it a 2-1 game with 10:16 to play.
Carter was called for hooking with 3:11 to play to give the Habs a man advantage, but Philadelphia was able to kill it off.
Halak was pulled from the net with under a minute to play for the extra attacker, but Philadelphia was able to keep Montreal from any good scoring chances to hold on for the win.
Despite the losing streak, Philadelphia did defeat Montreal in the second round of the playoffs last season...Philly hosts Atlanta on Sunday...Montreal begins a three-game road trip in St. Louis on Sunday...Montreal has still won 11 of the last 14 overall against Philadelphia...Neither team scored on the power play as Philly had two chances and Montreal had four.
11/15 22:58:02 ET