NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 22nd
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (13-6-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (13-6-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has been nearly flawless
over the past two weeks. The Flyers know that first hand.
Fresh off his fourth shutout of the season, Price will try to lead Montreal to
its second victory over Philadelphia in less than seven days when the two
clubs clash at the Wells Fargo Center for the first time since last season's
Eastern Conference Finals.
Price has been red hot over Montreal's current 5-1-0 stretch, posting three
shutouts and a 1.00 goals-against average. One of those blankings came last
Tuesday at home versus Philadelphia, a 41-save effort that back stopped a 3-0
victory and handed the Flyers their first regulation loss at the time since
Oct. 25, ending a 9-0-1 run.
Though the Flyers eliminated the Canadiens in five games in last year's
conference finals, winning all three games in Philadelphia and claiming three
of their four wins in the series by way of a shutout, Montreal has won five of
the last seven regular-season meetings and seven of the last eight played in
Philadelphia not counting the playoffs.
The two clubs are meeting in the City of Brotherly Love for the first time
since the Flyers' series-clinching Game 5 victory on May 24.
Price, who backed up Jaroslav Halak in last year's postseason before the
latter was dealt to St. Louis in the offseason, is 6-1-0 with a 1.64 GAA and
two shutouts versus the Flyers in the regular season.
The 23-year-old's latest gem came on Saturday at home versus the Maple Leafs
as Price made 30 saves in a 2-0 victory for his eighth career shutout.
"I did try to make myself big and I guess I was in the right spot at the right
time for all the shots," Price said.
Jeff Halpern netted a short-handed goal and Michael Cammalleri lit the lamp on
a power play for the Canadiens, who had a four-game winning streak snapped
Thursday with a 3-0 loss to Nashville.
The Flyers, meanwhile, dropped an 8-7 home decision to Tampa Bay two days
after their loss in Montreal, but avoided a third loss in a row on Saturday
with a 5-4 shootout victory in Washington.
Danny Briere notched the shootout's lone tally and Brian Boucher stopped all
three skaters he faced in the deciding session after making 33 saves in the
first 65 minutes.
Boucher, making his first start since Oct. 25, did allow three power-play
goals in the third period, including the game-tying tally with 38.8 seconds
"The last few games, we're taking a lot of penalties and giving up a lot of
power-play goals," Briere said. "But 5-on-5, we didn't give up much. A few
mistakes, but I thought we played very composed."
Claude Giroux netted his team-leading 11th goal, Jeff Carter his 10th of the
season and Andreas Nodl also scored. Mike Richards finished with a goal and an
Rookie Sergei Bobrovsky had made 12 straight starts in net before backing up
Boucher in Saturday's win. He made 25 saves in the loss to the Canadiens last
week, while Boucher is 1-6-0 with a 2.81 GAA in his career versus the Habs.
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