Big Comeback by Flyers over Habs

Published on April 4th, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Wednesday April 3, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 after trailing 3-2 in the 3rd period.  The Flyers now have a 3-game winning streak.

For this game, Carey Price started in net for the Canadiens and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Read-Voracek
B.Schenn-Simmonds-Hartnell
Gagne-Fedontenko-Knuble
McGinn-Couturier-Rinaldo

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Gervais
L.Schenn-Lauridsen
Gustafsson-Huskins

A solid start by the Flyers was somewhat hampered by some questionable penalties called by the referees.  The Flyers were able to kill them off but Canadiens Alexei Emelin scored even-strength at 13:13 of 1st period to give the Habs a 1-0 lead.

Consecutive fights by Flyers forwards Wayne Simmonds and Zac Rinaldo early in the 2nd period seemed to pump the Flyers up.  They scored twice afterwards.  Sean Couturier scored at 4:47 when a pass by him banked in off of Canadiens defenseman PK Subban to tie the game.  Simon Gagne then put the Flyers up 2-1 when he banged it into an open net at 15:43.  The Flyers seemed to relax after taking the lead and this momentary lapse really cost them.  The Canadiens scored twice in 20 seconds to retake the lead.  Brandon Prust scored at 16:29 and David Desharnais at16:49 to give them a 3-2 lead.  

It got a little rough again in the 3rd period.  Even Flyer captain Claude Giroux got into it earning a roughing minor.  Things then settled down as the Flyers looked for the tying goal.  They got that and more.  Wayne Simmonds tied it at 14:54 when the puck deflected off of his skate and in.  Erik Gustafsson then scored at 16:24 to put the Flyers up 4-3.  Jakub Voracek sealed the win with an empty-net goal at 19:21.  It was a tremendous come-from-behind victory for the orange and black. 

Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette on the comeback win said “I guess you take them any way you can when you’re down going into that period. I think its kind of just reward too. I thought our guys did a terrific job in the second and third period… we [fixed] things up defensively after the first and we were able to generate a lot more in the second and third so it was good. When you start throwing pucks in and attempts it’s good to see some results from it.”

The Flyers’ next game is tomorrow in Toronto vs. the Maple Leafs.

Source: Andrew King

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