Flyers Down Canadiens 4-1

Published on March 25th, 2012

Flyers Jaromir Jagr battles for the puck | Source: Andrew King

by Mike del Tufo

Saturday March 24, 2012
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.  This win allowed the Flyers to clinch a playoff spot for the fifth consecutive season and for the 16th time in the last 17 years. 

This was the 4th and final time these two teams played this season.  The Flyers had gone 2-1 in the 1st three.  For this game, Peter Budaj started in net for the Canadiens and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:
Giroux-Jagr-Hartnell
Briere-Schenn-Simmonds
Couturier-Talbot-Voracek
Read-Rinaldo-Wellwood

Flyers defensemen pairings:
Carle-Timonen
Coburn-Grossman
Kubina-Gustafsson

Flyers wasted no time scoring 6 seconds into their 1st power-play.  Defenseman Kimmo Timonen blasted it in with the man-advantage at 11:07.  The Flyers played a strong 1st period controlling the majority of the period and out-shooting the Habs 8 to 4. 

Habs forward Tomas Plekanec scored on the breakaway to tie the game at 3:44 of the 2nd period.  Plekanec then had another breakaway at 6:50.  That time it was a short-handed chance and Bryzgalov stopped him.  Flyers came alive after that and re-took the lead at 7:57 when Danny Briere scored a power-play goal.  Briere then scored another power-play goal at 17:38 to put the Flyers up 3-1. 

The 3rd period was a little chippy.  Flyers defenseman Pavel Kubina dropped the gloves with Josh Gorges at 1:20 and there was a slew of roughing and misconduct calls as the period progressed.  Flyers Matt Read scored at 18:07 to close out the scoring and give the Flyers a 4-1 victory. 

On the win and clinching a playoff spot, Briere said, “For us it means more than that.  We are still playing and we still have a chance for home ice.  If something happens in front of us, you never know.  First and foremost we need to win at home.  We need to win our home games.  We need to win those games.  We want to go into the playoffs on an upswing, unlike last year.  Those are all factors that we have talked about and we want to make sure we are playing hard even though we are facing a team that has nothing much to play for.  It was a good all-around effort, I thought.”

With tonight’s game included, Ilya Bryzgalov has now allowed two or fewer goals in 11 consecutive starts.  Per the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Flyers goaltender to do that since Bernie Parent did so in 11 consecutive games from Dec. 8, 1974 to Jan. 4, 1975. 

The Flyers next game is Monday at home vs. the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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