Hartnell's Hat Trick, Three-Point Nights for Giroux, Voracek Lead Flyers
The Flyers offense woke up in a big way, but it may have been little too late.
With playoffs well out of reach, the Flyers exploded out of their four-game losing skid and scoring funk to beat the Canadiens, 7-3, Monday night.
The Flyers have had a problem with scoring lately but they shook that off early. Just over two minutes into the game, Wayne Simmonds created a scoring chance to put the Flyers up 1-0.
Simmonds followed his own rebound with another shot on net. The puck was then deflected in off the stick of Sean Couturier to get past Carey Price to put the Flyers on the board first.
The Flyers expanded on their lead just three minutes later. Erik Gustafsson threw a shot on net that found its way through traffic and trickled through the legs of Price to make it a 2-0 game.
Montreal was being vastly out-shot at that point but they managed to squeeze a goal past Ilya Bryzgalov to cut the Flyers lead in half.
While on the power play, Max Pacioretty was able to beat Bryzgalov, making it a 2-1 game and keeping their red-hot power play firing on all cylandars.
Montreal jumped out in the second period to tie the game up, 2-2. Rookie Brendan Gallagher blasted a one-time past Bryzgalov to tie the game up and give Montreal its second power play goal of the game.
But the game was tied for only 24 seconds.
Jakub Voracek received a sweet pass from Claude Giroux and beat Price on the wrap-around to put the Flyers back on top, 3-2. It was Voracek's 18th goal of the season, tying his career high.
The Flyers special teams got its turn to produce. Scott Hartnell made it a 4-2 game midway through the second period after blasting a shot past Price.
Montreal was quick to respond to keep within one of the Flyers. Alex Galchenyuk was able to corral a loose puck and score to make it a 4-3 game.
Philadelphia created space again, this time Giroux finding the back of the bet. Having set up both goals earlier in the period, Giroux got one of his own to make it a 5-3 game.
After a dirty hit by Galchenyuk on Ruslan Fedotenko, Hartnell scored his second power play goal of the game. He received the beauty of a tape-to-tape pass from Voracek and put it past Price to make it a 6-3 game.
The Flyers scored four goals in the second period, more goals than their last four games combined.
The third period saw the Flyers score their seventh goal for the third time this season. It also saw Hartnell notch a hat trick, nearly doubling his season total of goals in one game.
After fighting for the puck in the corner, Brayden Schenn delivered a pass to a charging Hartnell in front of the net and he ripped a shot past back-up goalie Peter Budaj to make it a 7-3 game.