Flyers Out-Shot and Out-Played In Loss to Habs
With Carey Price out with the flu and a struggling Peter Budaj in net for the Canadiens, all the Flyers had to do was put shots on net and get pressure on the back-up netminder.
They did neither of that, and frankly, that is why they dropped their ninth regulation loss of the season.
In what was one of the most miserable outings of the 2013 season, the Flyers looked like a lost team.
The 4-1 final didn't reflect the atrocious effort given. All it reflected was a great outing by Brian Boucher, who made his first start of the 2013 season.
Boucher stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced, but got the loss as the Flyers barely tested Budaj. Budaj faced only 19 shots, stopping all but one for his first win of the season.
Montreal struck first in the first period. Brendan Gallagher beat Boucher short side on a shot the netminder probably could have stopped to make it a 1-0 game.
The Flyers were out-shot 12-2 in that period, and were lucky to go into the first intermission with only a one-goal deficit.
The poor play carried over in the second period and the Habs needed only 1:15 to make it a 2-0 game. David Desharnais scored his fourth goal of the season, giving the Habs a 2-0 lead.
The Flyers finally got on the board late in the second, and the goal couldn't have come at a more important time for Danny Briere. Struggling to find the score sheet, Briere beat Budaj to cut the Habs lead to 2-1, ending a three-game point drought.
Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek had the helpers on the goal, giving them a team-high 11 points.
Montreal expanded their lead to two goals early in the third period. Max Pacioretty found the back of the net less than five minutes into the period, giving Montreal a 3-1 lead.
An empty netter by Rene Bourque put the kabash on the 4-1 loss.