NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, October 11th)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Philadelphia 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - David Aebischer blocked 27-of-28 shots, as the Montreal Canadiens topped the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1, at the Wachovia Center.
Michael Ryder, Alex Kovalev and Chris Higgins scored for the Canadiens, who won their second straight. Saku Koivu, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec and Sergei Samsonov each registered an assist.
R.J. Umberger scored the lone goal for the Flyers, who have lost three of four. Jeff Carter and Mike Knuble assisted the goal. Antero Niittymaki blocked 20-of-22 shots in his third straight start, with the final goal scored on an empty net.
Thirty-eight seconds into the game, Koivu made a feed behind the net to Ryder, who knocked it down on the left side and scored a wrister past Niittymaki.
Montreal scored again about early in the second period. Plekanec fed the puck back to Kovalev in the left circle for a high wrister glove side 6:18 into the second for his first goal of the season and a 2-0 Montreal lead.
The Flyers got going just under two minutes into the final period for their first third-period goal scored this season. Carter's shot missed, but Umberger corralled the rebound and scored on a wrister just in front of the crease.
Then, after Mathieu Dandenault was whistled for hooking with less than two minutes remaining, Philadelphia pulled Niittymaki to get a 6-on-4 advantage. However, Higgins iced the game when he scored an unassisted shorthanded goal on the empty net.
Montreal went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Flyers finished 0-for-8.
The Canadiens had 23 shots on goal and the Flyers had 28, 14 of which came in the third period...The Canadiens won three of four meetings with the Flyers last season and Philly's only victory in the series came via shootout on March 6.
10/11 22:38:16 ET