The Habs returned home after a disappointing road trip to take on the first place Philladelphia Flyers for the third time this season. In the first minute of play P.K. Subban reminded the Flyers that he was in the line up when he nailed Daniel Carcillo with a big hit along the player’s bench. Carcillo attempted to go after Subban but P.K. would have none of it. Shortly after, the Flyers dodged a bullet when they cleared the puck over the glass while in their zone with Montreal applying pressure. After a brief discussion the referees decided not to call a penalty on the play. At the other end Jaroslav Spacek made a good defensive play blocking a Ville Leino shot after the latter walked into the Habs zone.
Montreal went back to the attack and received some good board work from the newly formed Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty line. Unfortunately Gomez took an unnecessary roughing penalty behind the Flyers net when he stuffed his gloves in the face of his checker. Montreal then continued their excellent work on the penalty kill by not allowing any serious threats from the Flyers. After the Kill with Montreal entering the zone, Segei Bobrovsky lost control of the puck while attempting to clear it along the boards. The puck made its way through the slot but no one was there to take advantage of the empty net. A little later, Hal Gill made a good defensive play of his own when he got his stick down to block a pass from a 2 on 1 Flyers chance. With some more good work from the Habs along the boards, Lars Eller skated from behind the net and then turned around with a quick release forcing Bobrovsky to make a save.
The Flyers then started to apply some pressure in the Habs zone. First Darroll Powe directed the puck towards a streaking Blair Betts who just missed the puck heading towards the net. This was followed by Carey Price making a save on Carcillo. The pressure led to Nikolay Zherdev beating Price with a shot that hit the post and with everyone scrambling for the loose puck around the net, Price finally tracked it to stop the threat. On the other end of the ice, Montreal also forced Bobrovsky to make an acrobatic save when Andrei Kostitsyn jumped on a Michael Cammalleri rebound for what he thought would be the first goal of the game.
The Habs kept looking for the first goal when Gomez skated into the Flyers zone on a 2 on 1 with Gionta. Gomez attempted to find the open Gionta with a pass but was thwarted by Braydon Coburn’s stick. On the next shift Benoit Pouliot created a chance when his board work led to Eller receiving the puck, who then made a quick pass to Mathieu Darche in the slot. Darche connected with the one timer but was stopped by the Philly net minder. Bobrovsky continued his strong play when he managed to make a good rebound save on Roman Hamrlik off of a Jeff Halpern shot.
Both teams continued to exchange subtle chances for the remainder of the period until the 19:42 mark. At this point Jeff carter was allowed to walk into the Habs zone, untouched, where he skated across the middle to deke out Price for the 1-0 lead. With only seconds to go the Habs attempted to tie it right away when Darche and Pouliot rushed the Flyers net. The Puck almost crossed the line but Bobrovsky’s arm was there to prevent it from going in.
The Habs started the second slow and it cost them early. At 2:33, James Van Riemsdyk took a shot that deflected off of Gill’s skate beating Price far side. With the Flyers up by two, Montreal came to life. First Cammalleri, Kostitsyn and Tomas Plekanec gave the flyers defenders all they could handle. This was followed by a nice pass from Gomez to Gionta who hit the post with his shot. Maxim Lapierre and Travis Moen continued the pressure with some big hits in Philadelphia’s zone.
After clearing the zone, Scott Hartnell was robbed in close by Price to keep it a two goal game. This kept the Habs going as the Plekanec line went back on the attack where Kostitsyn took a heavy shot on the net that was stopped by Bobrovsky. On the next shift, Gomez found Gionta open again but Gionta's stick exploded when he took his shot this time around. The Flyers then received a golden opportunity off of a Kostitsyn turnover giving them a 3 on 1. On the play Van Riemsdyk carried the puck into the zone and opted to shoot it allowing Price to make the save.
Gomez and Gionta continued to gel in the offensive zone when Gionta forced two more saves out of Bobrovsky. At 12:26, Josh Gorges was called for tripping giving the Flyers their second power play of the game. The Habs received tenacious work from Lapierre and Plekanec for another successful kill. After the Kill, headcoach Jacques Martin swapped Kostitsyn for Pouliot hoping to get a spark. The new line applied pressure in the Flyes zone and Subban did a nice job of keeping the puck in to maintain pressure. The Flyers cleared the puck and we then saw Subban turn on the jets as he re-entered the zone with some good stick work. The effort was halted when he was dragged down and no penalty was called on the play. On the same shift Gionta took a delayed shot as he was interfered with by Chris Pronger. Pronger received a roughing call on the play giving the Habs their first power play.
Bobrovski managed to thward some quick early chances that came about in the powerplay when he managed to cover the puck with Plekanec and Darche trying to poke it loose. Coburn took exception to this and went after both the players. The referees decided they had enough of the rough stuff and sent him to join Pronger. On the 5 on 3, Subban scored on a one timer to put his team back in the game. The goal came from a good effort from Cammalleri to keep the puck in the Flyers zone; he then made the pass to Gomez who then found Subban. Montreal tried to score the tying goal as their power play and the period where coming to an end. They continued to apply pressure but failed to generate any serious scoring threats before heading to the locker room.
The Habs were 0-9 when trailing after two so far this season but they were determined to try and improve that statistic. Bobrovsky had other plans as he jumped on a loose puck with Lapierre, Halpern and Kostitsyn buzzing around his net. Carter then attempted to create something at the other end but was stopped twice, first by Hamrlik and then by Price.
The Flyers regained their two goal cushion at 5:31, when Zherdev was allowed to skate into the Habs zone from center ice carrying the puck behind Price’s net and scoring on the wrap around. The shot seemed harmless but it awkwardly deflected off of Price’s stick to the back of the net. The Habs missed another great chance after the goal, when Plekanec skated in all alone and missed the net with his shot. He would make up for it a little later when he pushed the puck by Bobrovsky's five hole during a scramble in front of the net. Van Riemsdyk then decided that he would push his luck by attempting to beat Price on a wrap around on the opposite side that Zherdev scored, however, Price made sure that lightning did not strike twice and made the save.
At 9:55, Gionta tied the game for his team when he beat Bobrovsky through his five hole with a quick shot. The Flyers almost got it back when Alexendre Picard turned the puck over in his zone where it trickled in front of Price. Luckily no damage was done as the puck was cleared out of the zone. The Habs then received more chances as Lapierre and Pouliot both missed the net with good positional shots.
At 13:31, Plekanec took a slashing penalty after Spacek turned the puck over. The Habs created themselves a mini 3 on 2 on the penalty kill but couldn’t convert giving the puck back to the Flyers. This allowed the Flyers to receive a 3-2 of their own where Zherdev passed it to Carter for the shot. Price made the save but the puck landed to his left, Hamrlik spotted it there and decided to clear it out without looking around him. This ended up being a mistake as his clear turned into a pass for Van Riemsdyk who popped it into the net for a 4-3 lead.
Another costly turnover iced the game for the Habs 61 seconds later. Subban made a costly turnover to Mike Richards while trying to exit his zone. Richards then found Claude Giroux all alone with Price where he proceeded to completely undress Price for a two goal lead. The Habs did their best to try and crawl back into it with little time on the clock. First Kostitsyn hit the post with a wrap around attempt and then missed a wide open net from a Lapierre pass. Halpern then showed some frustration as he was robbed twice by Bobrovsky. The Habs outshot the Flyers 41 to 30 in this game but their costly turnovers did them in on this night.
HiD Three Stars
- James Van Riemsdyk
- Jeff Carter
- Sergei Bobrovsky
HiD Turning Point
The Flyers scoring two goals in the span of 61 seconds in the third period