The Philadelphia Flyers traveled to Montreal Saturday to face the Canadiens in game number two of the 2013 season. The Flyers walked away on the losing end once again, as the Canadiens bested the Flyers this evening by a score of 4-1. The Flyers have had serious issues this season so far generating offense, and their defense hasn't been quite good enough to shut down the Canadiens tonight or the Toronto Maple Leafs last Tuesday night. Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers in net tonight, facing a fierce Montreal attack. Carey price started for the Canadiens, and had the Flyers' number for most of the night.
Montreal got on the board a little more than halfway through the first period, on a Brian Gionta wrist shot, set up by Rene Bourque and Tomas Plekanec. The Canadiens dominated the offensive zone time for much of the night, and challenged Ray Emery early and often. The Flyers' defense stood strong for Emery in the early part of tonight's game, blocking 18 shots in the first two periods alone, with only 17 shots getting through to Emery.
The second period went more in the Flyers' favor, as they evened up play a bit, but only mustered 15 shots through the first two periods. Neither team scored, and heading into the third period, it seemed like anyone's game.
But much like Tuesday night's loss to Toronto, the Flyers began to fold in the third period. Just 12 second into the final frame, Montreal centerman Lars Eller backhanded the Canadiens' second goal past Emery. Just four minutes later, it appeared as if the Canadiens had taken a 3-0 lead on a P.K. Subban power play goal on a two man advantage, but the goal was overturned, as it hit the outside of the net. That didn't matter much, as just 18 seconds after that was resolved, Brendan Gallagher buried his second goal of the year to put the Canadiens up 3-0.
Just when it looked like the Flyers had thrown in the towel this evening, they went on their fifth power play of the evening. About halfway through the man advantage, Mark Streit blasted a shot from the point which Carey Price fought off. The rebound bounced right to Vinny Lecavalier, who put it in the net for his first goal as a Flyer, putting the Flyers on the board and ruining Price's shutout.
The Canadiens added one more goal late in the third period, as Rene Borque buried a one-timer on the power play to put the final nail in the Flyers' coffin. The Flyers made way too many mistakes on the evening, giving the Canadiens 9 power play opportunities. The Canadiens would convert on two of those opportunities, and the Flyers are lucky that it was not more given all the mistakes they made. The Flyers looked very sloppy and a step behind the Canadiens for most of the night, due to the Canadiens' excellent speed as a team.
While the defense had a good start for the Flyers, blocking 18 shots through 2 periods, they seemed to break down a bit in the third period. The Canadiens tallied a total of 34 shots on goal in tonight's game, not much of a surprise given all the time they spent on the power play. Ray Emery's numbers suffered as a result tonight, as he stopped 30 of 34 of those shots.
Through 6 periods of play this season, the Flyers have just two goals. They are having lots of trouble consistently penetrating the opponents' offensive zone, and are having issues retaining possession in the neutral zone. To add insult to injury, the Flyers have an incredibly quick turnaround, as they play tomorrow afternoon in Carolina against the Hurricanes. The Flyers are still searching for their first win of the season, and fall to 0-2-0 with tonight's loss.
8:10 – Montreal – Brian Gionta (1), Assisted by Rene Bourque (1) and Tomas Plekanec (1)
0:12 – Montreal – Lars Eller (3), Assisted by Brenden Gallagher (1) and Alex Galchenyuk (3)
5:00 – Montreal – PPG: Brenden Gallagher (2), Assisted by Alex Galchenyuk (4) and P.K. Subban (1)
9:13 – Philadelphia – PPG: Vinny Lecavalier (1), Assisted by Mark Streit (2)
19:03 – Montreal – PPG: Rene Bourque (1), Assisted by Brian Gionta (1) and Lars Eller (2)
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