Flyers 7, Canadiens 3
Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien wants to remind his
team that the season isn’t over just because a playoff spot has
already been clinched.
Therrien was angry after the Canadiens lost by four goals for a
second straight game – this time 7-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers on
Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk scored for
the Canadiens (26-11-5), who were coming off a 5-1 loss in Toronto
on Saturday. They have had two lopsided losses since clinching a
playoff spot on Thursday.
”Since we clinched, our intensity and concentration level, our
attention to detail and our work ethic, have fallen a lot,”
Therrien said after the loss that helped the struggling Flyers end
a four-game losing streak. ”You see the results.
”It’s a game of pride. You have to come to the rink ready to
play. That’s what we were not doing the last two games. There’s no
work ethic there right now. It’s disappointing.”
Scott Hartnell scored three goals, Claude Giroux and Jakub
Voracek each had a goal and two assists, and Wayne Simmonds and
Erik Gustafsson also scored for the Flyers (18-21-3), who matched
their season high for goals as they try to make a late push for a
Philadelphia is in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, four
places and seven points behind the New York Rangers and the
postseason cutoff. The Flyers have six games remaining, starting
with a home matchup with the Rangers on Tuesday.
The Flyers outshot Montreal 33-28 in a sloppy game that had the
21,273 at the Bell Centre booing the Canadiens.
Price was pulled for a second game in a row in favor of Peter
Budaj. Price left at the end of the second period after allowing
six goals on 29 shots.
”Carey Price obviously didn’t have his best night,” said
Hartnell, whose team scored only three goals in its previous four
games. ”We had traffic in front, we were making plays, we were
moving our feet in the offensive zone.
”We weren’t standing still with the puck. It’s lot more fun to
play games like that instead of 0-0.”
The Canadiens are in danger of losing three in a row for the
first time this season when they play at first-place Pittsburgh on
”We always bounced back all season,” said defenseman Francis
Bouillon, who was minus-3 on Monday. ”We’ve got a lot of character
in this room.
”It would be nice to win a few games. We’re not focusing on the
playoffs now, but it’s important for us to play some good hockey
before the playoffs.”
They could be without Ryan White for a while. White was ejected
in the first period for a direct hit to the head of defenseman Kent
Huskins, when the Canadiens were trailing 2-0 just 6:11 in. The
Flyers said Huskins had a concussion, and he didn’t return to the
White launched himself at Huskins, but missed his body and
caught him on the jaw. Already in trouble with Therrien earlier in
the season for taking ill-timed penalties, White’s future with
Montreal now looks in doubt.
Price, pulled in Toronto on Saturday after allowing three goals
on four shots, gave up two goals on five Philadelphia shots before
settling down. The Flyers outshot Montreal 17-8 in the first
”It isn’t easy to play every game at the same level,”
Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov said. ”Other players can make a
mistake, and your partner can cover you. We support him.”
Simmonds broke down right wing and fired a shot that was stopped
by Price, but the rebound hit rookie Montreal defenseman Nathan
Beaulieu and went in at 2:45.
Gustafsson’s wrist shot from the point went through several
bodies in front and trickled between Price’s pads at 5:49.
Consecutive cross-checking calls on the Flyers’ Oliver Lauridsen
allowed the Canadiens to tie it as Pacioretty tipped in Tomas
Plekanec’s pass in the slot at 19:02. Gallagher scored from in
front 38 seconds into the second.
Only 24 seconds later, Josh Gorges overskated a puck behind his
net, and Claude Giroux pounced and fed Voracek as the Flyers took a
3-2 lead. Voracek’s 18th goal tied a career high set last
Hartnell scored from the slot on a power play at 7:30, but
Galchenyuk fought off a check to score at 9:11. Giroux put one in
off Andrei Markov’s stick at 10:46 for a 5-3 Philadelphia lead.
Hartnell snapped a shot past Budaj from the top of the left
circle 12:45 into the third.
NOTES: A moment of silence was held for victims of the Boston
Marathon bombing. … Montreal rested banged-up forward Brandon
Prust. White took his place in the lineup.