Flyers pick up the win against Montreal

Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds goes after puck in front of Montreal Canadiens' goalie Carey Price. Photo credit: Derik Hamilton - AP

The Flyers entered the night fresh off an overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes and fighting to keep their wild card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Flyers currently have fifty-nine points and have four teams trailing them by four points or less. The Montreal Canadians enter the night trailing the Flyers by nine points but also find themselves only ten points out of last place in the conference. Both the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils also play tonight and every point the Flyers can get in the upcoming weeks will help them with their playoff push.

First Period

The Flyers started the game with more speed than they have had at the start of some of their previous games. The Flyers generated a couple of great scoring chances only to be denied by the play of Canadians Carey Price. The best chances coming from a net front drive by Nolan Patrick that Price stuck his pad out to make the save and the other came off a rebound shot by Jordan Weal that caused Price to have to stack his pads to keep the puck out. The first period would end in a tie at zero.

Second Period

The second period needed less than a minute to see its first goal. The Canadians turned the puck over in the neutral zone that cause the Flyers to have a three on two break from the red line in. Travis Konecny received a cross ice pass from Claude Giroux for the tap in goal past the left pad of Price to give the Flyers the one to nothing lead.

The Flyers looked to extend their lead when they picked up a power play with just over six minutes gone in the period. As the Flyers tried the drop pass that they seem to do almost every power play Montreal forward Artturi Lehkonen tipped the puck away from Jakub Voracek for a short handed break going the other way. As Lehkonen got to the top of the circle he launched a wrist shot over the glove of Brian Elliott to tie the game at one all. The Flyers answered just under thirty seconds later while still on the same power play. Shayne Gostisbehere shifted to the center of the ice at the Montreal blue line and sent a pass to the far boards where Claude Giroux sent a wrist shot on net. The Giroux shot went by the stick of Wayne Simmonds and hit off the near post and into the back of the net to once again give the Flyers a one goal lead.

The Flyers were not able to escape the second period without another costly mistake. With just over a minute left in the second the Flyers failed to clear the puck out of their zone multiple times on the same shift allowing Logan Shaw to tie the game with a wrist shot from the slot to tie the game at two goals each.

Third Period

The Flyers found themselves on the power play once again when Thomas Plekanec picked up his third penalty of the game. Claude Giroux made a cross ice pass to Jakub Voracek that he was able to put over the shoulder of Price to give the lead back to the Flyers just twenty-seven seconds into the third. The Flyers only needed one minute to extent their lead when Travis Konecny was able to tap in a puck that was laying behind Price after a Shayne Gostisbehere shot.

With the Flyers leading by two goals the Canadians elected to pull Price while on the power play. Brendan Gallagher was left alone in front of Elliott to redirect a pass from Jonathan Drouin over the right shoulder of Elliott to bring the Canadians to within one goal of the Flyers. The Canadians once again pulled Price for the extra attacker with just over one minute to go in the game. After a long dump in Brian Elliott was able to slow the puck down enough to allow Ivan Provorov to catch up to the puck and clear the puck down the ice and into the empty net to give the Flyers the win.

Up Next

The Flyers next head to Arizona to play The Coyotes to attempt to extend their winning streak to three games. The Flyers are 45 W 28 L 2 T and 3 OTL against the Coyotes and have lost the last four games between the two teams. The Flyers gave the Coyotes their first win of the season in October with a four to three loss in overtime. The Flyers could climb as high as a tie for second place in the Metropolitan Division with a win over the Coyotes.

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