Three Power Play Goals Lead The Way To Flyers' 5-2 Win
These two teams have built up a nice rivalry over the past few years with the flyers ended the Habs season a couple of times recently. The first period would confirm this rivalry as the game started off chippy when Scott Gomez cross checked Dan Carcillo from behind knocking him to the ice.
Gomez would pick up two minutes for cross checking while Carcillo would pick up a roughing penalty to even things up.I consider myself a pretty good lip reader and could have sworn Carcillo said to Gomez as he was approaching the penalty box "your dead".
Doesn't sound like something Carcillo would say huh. lol. Would Carcillo get his revenge ? Shortly after those penalties expired, the Flyers Nikolay Zherdev would pickup a slashing penalty. This would be the first test for the Flyers PK unit versus a Hab PP that is connecting about 20 percent of the time.
Bobrovsky would make the saves needed as the Flyers would successfully kill Zherdev's penalty. Play would continue to be physical for both teams , maybe too much from the Habs side as they were called for a slashing minor with just under four minutes to go in the period.
For the Flyers this was the chance they needed to grab the lead before heading into the first intermission. With the Flyers controlling the puck for just under a minute of the power play the Habs would pick up another minor when Spacek was sent off for holding putting the Flyers on a two man advantage.
Just under thiry seconds later the Flyers would find the back of the net when Carter picked up a rebound as he was camped out from and jammed it home to give the Flyers the 1-0 lead. With the Flyers skating five on four the Habs would yet again give the Flyers a five on three advantage when P.K. Subban picked up a minor for slashing .
With Spacek and Subban in the box the Flyers would tally again this time a ripper from kimmo Timonen giving the Flyers a 2-0 lead. The Flyers would still be on the power play for another fifty seconds and would not capitalize this time as they headed into the intermission with a two goal lead.
The second period would start with the Flyers play picking up where they left off in the first. Dan Carcillo would get his revenge, this time in a way of a goal when he scored just twenty three seconds into the second period giving him three on the season, putting the Flyers up 3-0.
He has been a healthy scratch a lot lately and with the fight on Saturday and the goal tonight at least he can feel like he has contributed. The Flyers would put on a show about mid way through the second period when the controlled the puck like they were on a power play.
They would keep possesion and control in the Habs zone for what felt about five minutes. They made the Habs look like they were standing still while being full strength. The Habs would survive the intense pressure the Flyers haded them until they finally received a stoppage in play.
It would take a little over twelve minutes for the next goal to be scored, this time the Canadiens would get on the board when the Flyers had one of their 2-5 minute mental lapses. On a shot from the point and with Bob a little too deep in his net the puck would fnd a hole between bob's arm and ribs and find the back of the net to make it 3-1 Flyers.They would also yield a post that went to review during that mental lapse.
Then with just under five minutes to go in the second period the Habs would get called for a too many men on the ice penalty. The Flyers would connect yet again on the power play when Claude Giroux received a nice cross slot pass from Hartnell and put it in to give the Flyers the three goal lead back.
This was the Flyers third power play goal of the evening, the last time they scored three power play goals in a game was on October 26th versus the Sabres. It was a good night for the often anemic power play and a good way to enter the break.
The last three minutes of the second were uneventful as the Flyers headed to the second intermission with the 4-1 lead. For most of the third period the play continued be back and forth with both teams generating scoring chances.
The Flyers would start to play a little undisciplined with over ten minutes to go in the game giving the Habs more chances to mount a come back. The Flyers would total five penalties in the third with one being a ten minute misconduct to Dan Carcillo for being Dan Carcillo.
After killing a penalty to Hartnell the Habs would strike again when Mathieu Darche tipped in a pass from Travis Moen passed Bobrovsky as he streaked up the middle of the slot.This would cut the Flyers lead back to two, 4-2.
With a little over a minute left in the game the Habs would pull Carey Price and with 24 seconds left in the game Briere would score on the empty net giving him his 26th of the season. The game would end with the Flyers winning 5-2 and picking up their 1000th franchise home victory.
The Flyers played the style of game that got them through tough times in the play offs last season. They were flying early on in the game and threw their body when they had to tonight.
The game was a rough one and it got a way from the Flyers in the third for a little bit where they took a bunch of penalties, giving the Habs three power plays in the last period and chances to get back in this game.
Bobrovsky played a strong game tonight and seems to have his confidence he had at the start of the season. Dare I ask if Pronger being back in the line up has something to do with that ? I believe so, it can't be a coincidence.
Pronger had a great game tonight grabbing four helpers giving him 21 points on the season. Richards had two assists while Briere added a goal and an assist to his point total giving him 45 on the season.
Now that we know how the Flyers will go into the break, with a commanding win over the Habs. The next question facing this team is; How will they play when they come back from this break ? History shows that this Flyers team does not respond well after long lay offs.
While Laviolette will make sure these guys have a work out regiment to guide them during their time off, there is no substitute for game action or even practice. The Flyers should take this time to heal and relax a bit as this will probably be the last chance for them to do that unless they have a first round bye which is looking good at this point in time.
Enjoy the All-Star game as it should be interesting to see who will be chosen first. I personally don't think the first pick will be a gaoltender as they will be splitting time. Does Ovechkin go first ?