Flyers win seven straight without Pronger, Giroux
Nothing is going to stop this Flyers team it seems.
With their captain and leading scorer on the shelf for an extended period of time, the Flyers persevered another big challenge.
The Canadiens had an answer for the Flyers first three goals. But it was the final tally early in the third period that Montreal couldn't respond to and the Flyers went on to win, 4-3, Thursday night in Montreal.
It was the seventh straight win for the Flyers, who are rolling despite finding out their leader Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the season with severe post-concussion syndrome. They improved to 12-4-1 on the season without their captain, an impressive feat when looking at his impact when on the ice.
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was tested in the first period, sprawling to make big saves on the Montreal powerplay.
Montreal finally got to Bobrovsky in the 2nd, softening up the young Russian netminder for three goals. But Bobrovsky rallied himself in the third and held off another late Montreal surge, stopping 28-of-31 saves on the night.
With Claude Giroux still out with a concussion, the Flyers other three lines continued to pick up the scoring slack for their top line, who is missing its best player in Giroux.
Maxime Talbot, Harry Zolnierczyk, Wayne Simmonds and Andrej Meszaros each scored for the Flyers to lead them past the hosting Habs.
The offense had to step up big this time because Montreal seemed to have an answer for every one of the Flyers' goals.
Taking a 1-0 lead into the second period, Montreal tied the game up for the first time thanks to David Dasharnais' fifth goal of the season.
Sloppy play quickly ensued for both clubs and it was the Flyers who capitalized first on Montreal mistakes.
Zolnierczyk scored his second goal of the season while making a very athletic play in the front of the net. He dove in front of Montreal goaltender Carey Price and swiped the puck past Price for his second goal of the season and a quick 2-1 Flyers lead.
But Canadiens rookie Louis LeBlanc found the back of the net for his first NHL goal, evening the score up at two.
It was Simmonds' turn to find twine, putting in another gritty goal to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead. It was the fourth straight game Simmonds scored a goal and his fifth in the last six.
The sloppy play for the Flyers came back late in the third. Montreal, who was 1-for-9 all night on the powerplay, got their only special teams goal of the night off a fluke goal that was thrown at the net and ricocheted off Eric Cole's body.
Midway through the third period was when the Flyers took the fourth and final lead of the game. Meszaros found the net on a long shot, his third goal of the season, to serve as his first game-winner on the year.
Without Pronger and Giroux, the team kept on rolling. The top line of Sean Couturier, Jagr and Scott Hartnell (saw his six-game goal streak end tonight) each managed an assist in the game. But it was the other lines that found the net and that is huge for a team that's hurting as bad as they are both offensively and defensively.