The Flyers came to Montreal on a 6-game point streak, while the Canadiens had a 2-game winning streak. Luke Schenn was a late scratch and Colaiacovo ended up playing. Later, the Flyers announced Schenn was day-to-day with an upper body injury.
The first period saw the Flyers out-shoot the Canadiens 9-7 in a high-paced offensive 20 minutes where it only took 51 seconds for a goal to be scored. Wayne Simmonds brought the puck down the middle of the ice and passed to the left boards where Read was, meanwhile Simmonds went to screen Price as Read went into sniper mode. Read breaks a 25-game goal-less drought and just like that the Flyers were up 1-0. Carey Price and Ray Emery stepped up the rest of the period though, including 2 breakaway saves against Giroux and Pacioretty.
The 2nd period started just as fast, with a 2-on-1 chance for Giroux and Voracek, followed right after by a short breakaway chance for Couturier which were both denied by Price. It continued to be chance after chance as Umberger set up Laughton who rang it off the post and then they went the other way where Emery stopped a tough deflection from in close. After killing Streit’s hooking penalty with Bellemare making 2 huge shot blocks on slapshots. They’ve successfully killed off 20 of the last 22 penalties. Much like Price did for the Canadiens in the first period, Emery kept the Flyers in the game after the Canadiens took the shot lead 24-19 (17-10 in the 2nd Period).
The Canadiens took the play to the Flyers throughout the whole period and in a mad scramble at the net, Tomas Plekanec found the puck and put it above a sprawling Emery to tie the game up. With 2:32 left, Michael Del Zotto hooked Lars Eller and the Flyers were forced to go back on the penalty kill again. Somehow, the Flyers survived the kill and were on there way to overtime despite being out-shot 12-4 in the period.
The Flyers run out of luck, and energy, apparently. After Vinny Lecavalier turned the puck over, David Desharnais tried to pass to Pacioretty but Del Zotto deflects it into Emery. Del Zotto lost his coverage and Desharnais put his own rebound in. Ray Emery makes 39 saves as the Flyers lose 2-1 and fall to 23-22-9 on the season (8 points out of a playoff spot). Some individuals deserve a lot of credit for the game they played tonight, including Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Bellemare blocked 5 shots and was a huge reason to why the penalty kill was 3/3 on the night. In my opinion, the Flyers should still be sellers and trade big players like Streit as we approach the trade deadline. Next up, Columbus.