Flyers Beat Canadiens 3-1

Published on November 25th, 2011

by Mike del Tufo

Friday, November 25, 2011
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on the strength of three 2nd period goals.  They have now won 2 games in game.

The Flyers were missing several key players for this game.  Chris Pronger, Jaromir Jagr, and James van Riemsdyk were all scratches.  Pronger was due to a virus, JVR because of an upper body injury, and Jagr due to a lower body injury.

Carey Price started in net for the Canadiens and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Voracek-Hartnell
Briere-Read-Nodl
Talbot-Simmonds-Rinaldo
Couturier-Zolnierczyk-Shelley

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Timonen-Coburn
Meszaros-Lilja
Carle-Bourdon

The Canadiens opened the scoring when Petteri Nokelainen tallied at 18:14 of the 1st period.  The injury-depleted Flyers only managed 4 shots in the 1st stanza.  Of these 4 shots, only one was by a forward (Matt Read).  It was a poor period by the home team.

The Flyers looked much better in the 2nd period.  Sean Couturier had a breakaway at 4:20 but was stopped by Price.  30 seconds later, Max Talbot had a short-handed breakaway but was thwarted by Price too.  The Flyers finally broke through at 13:11 when Claude Giroux banked the puck off of the back of Price and in.  The Flyers would add two more goals in the period as Jakub Voracek of the Flyers banged in a loose puck at 18:45 and Giroux scored his 2nd of the game at 19:54.  It was a strong bounce-back period for the Flyers. 

The Flyers had a 5-on-3 midway through the 3rd period but could not convert.  Bob had a big save on Erik Cole around the 14-minute mark.  The Flyers played a strong defensive period to close out the Habs for a 3-1 win.

Giroux on the win said, “I think guys weren’t ready and weren’t focused. I don’t know what was the case but I think at home we haven’t played as well as we wanted since the start of the season and obviously after the second and third we kind of played the way we should have.  We kind of took control of the game in the second period.”

Voracek said on his play, “I could’ve had like 5 today.  You know, I had so many scoring chances, but it’s a good feeling, to finally get one in again and help the team to win.  It’s a huge win for us and we’re back to the game tomorrow and that’s gonna be a big game and we have to play the same way we did in the second period.”

The Flyers next game is tomorrow at New York vs. the Rangers.

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