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Recap: Flyers Fight Back for Win Over Canadiens February 3rd, 2017 Wes Herrmann

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The Philadelphia Flyers wanted to forget their last game, a 5-1 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes as quickly as possible. Thursday night, they were able to do that by earning a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens are the top seed in the Atlantic Division and even took an early 1-0 lead in the game. The Flyers, though, didn’t falter and slowly worked back into the game on goals from Claude Giroux and Matt Read.

Carey Price made 21 saves on 23 shots Thursday night (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports).

Hours before the game Philly head coach Dave Hakstol came under fire for his decisions to scratch Shayne Gostisbehere and Travis Konecny. Konecny’s replacement, Dale Weise, had a strong game against his old team, but didn’t end up on the score sheet.

The loss continues an up-and-down stretch for the Canadiens. They’ve now lost five of their last eight and don’t have back-to-back wins since the beginning of January. In net, Carey Price didn’t have a bad game, but let up two unspectacular goals.

First Period

The Canadiens controlled the first seven minutes of the period. They were rewarded with Nikita Nesterov’s first goal in a maroon uniform. After controlling play in the offensive zone, Alex Galchenyuk made a pass across the blue line for an absolute laser from Nesterov off a one-timer.

Nikita Nesterov scores his 1st goal as a member of the #Habs pic.twitter.com/A6qR7LhcK0

— Peter Alper (@peteralper99) February 3, 2017

The Flyers began to fight back and began to take over play as the period went along. The last seven minutes Philadelphia controlled play but wasn’t rewarded for it.

With just over two minutes left in the period, Torrey Mitchell tripped Brandon Manning, giving the Flyers the first power play of the game. The team had some good chances, including a shot from the high slot from Brayden Schenn, but Carey Price was strong in net.

Despite a slow start and trailing, Philadelphia went into the intermission with a 10-5 lead in shots.

Second Period

It may have taken almost 18 minutes into the second for the Flyers to get their second power play, but they picked up where they left off on the man advantage and tied the game at one. Claude Giroux fired a shot off the half boards that hit Price’s glove and bounced in.

Pretty G-reat. #MTLvsPHI pic.twitter.com/vdYFsdVDFP

— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) February 3, 2017

While the stanza ended in the Flyers’ favor, it was more of a back-and-forth affair. Dale Weise had a chance in front of the net with just over five minutes left and Wayne Simmonds put a rebound into a sprawling Price before Giroux scored 30 seconds later.

The Canadiens, who collapsed around Price for most of the period, best chance came from Jacob De La Rose when he found himself on a 2-on-1 with seven minutes left in the period. He shot the puck, Michal Neuvirth made the save, but was out of the net because of it. De La Rose tried to bank the puck off of the astray goalie, but was blocked.

Matt Read scored the eventual game-winner against the Canadiens. ( Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Third Period

Matt Read beat Price on an unscreened, undeflected slap shot that would end up as the game-winner at 16:28 of the third period. After entering the zone, the 30-year-old ripped a seeing-eye shot that beat Price to the far post for his first goal in 26 games.

Read goal pic.twitter.com/Rm8Ry10a1b

— nope (@myregularface) February 3, 2017

Tasked with taking back the lead, Montreal began its’ territorial push to tie the game. Paul Byron put a tip-pass on Neuvirth and two minutes later missed the net on a breakaway shot. Max Pacioretty and Alex Radulov combined for two chances with just over six minutes left.

But the effort came too little, too late for the Habs. The Flyers played stingy defense and tried for some transition chances while holding onto the lead. Weise had a breakaway opportunity and a chance in front later, but couldn’t convert against his old team.

With 13 seconds left in the game, Sean Couturier added his second point of the night by scoring on an empty Montreal net after Price was pulled for an extra attacker sealing the win.

Scoring Summary First Period MTL-Nikita Nesterov (4) assisted by Alex Galchenyuk (17), Andrei Markov (21)

Second Period PHI (PP)-Claude Giroux (12) assisted by Mark Streit (15), Brayden Schenn (17)

Third Period PHI-Matt Read (7) assisted by Sean Couturier (6), Nick Cousins (8)

PHI-Couturier (9), unassisted

THW Three Stars First: Matt Read (one goal)

Second: Sean Couturier (one goal, one assi oyqvtftl. montblanc starwalker pencilst)

Third: Claude Giroux (one goal)

Next Up Philadelphia Flyers vs. Los Angeles Kings Wells Fargo Center – 1 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 4, 2017 Broadcast Channels: CSNP

Season Series: 1-0 Philadelphia

Next Up Montreal Canadiens vs. Washington Capitals Bell Centre – 1 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 4, 2017 Broadcast Channels: CSMA

Season Series: 1-1 Tie

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Simmonds' goal gives Flyers win over Oilers

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(TSX / STATS) -- PHILADELPHIA -- Wayne Simmonds netted his team-high sixth goal of the season with 2:15 remaining in regulation to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.

Center Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers (5-3-0) and goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 23 of 24 shots to pick up his fourth win of the season (4-1-0). The win was the Flyers' third in four games.

Patrick Maroon scored the only goal for the Oilers (2-5-0), who have dropped five of their last six games after starting the season with a win over Calgary. Oilers captain Connor McDavid was held without a point for just the second time in seven games.

Edmonton went 0-for-3 on the power play, including a two-minute advantage midway through the third period when Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald blocked a shot by Milan Lucic, then broke up another scoring chance by Lucic.

Three of Cam Talbot's four career wins against Philadelphia have been by shutout but it took the Flyers just 3:36 to take an early lead on a power-play goal by Giroux. With center Brad Malone in the box for high-sticking Radko Gudas, Simmonds redirected a shot by Shayne Gostisbehere onto the stick of Giroux for the captain's fifth goal of the season.

It was the fifth time in seven games Edmonton has allowed the game's first goal. The Flyers are 5-0 when scoring first.

Oilers fans had a score early in the opening period when McDavid got clipped in the face by the stick of teammate Adam Larsson, who was battling in the crease with Flyers right winger Jakub Voracek. McDavid missed a few shifts but returned later in the period.

Edmonton tied the score with 4:23 remaining in the second period when Maroon stripped the puck from Flyers rookie center Nolan Patrick, then whipped a shot through the pads of Elliott for an unassisted goal, his second of the season.

NOTES: Edmonton Oilers C Leon Draisaitl sat out his fourth straight game with a concussion. Draisaitl practiced with his teammates on Friday and is hoping to return to the lineup when the Oilers conclude their three-game road trip on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh against the Penguins. ... Oilers LW Drake Caggiula missed his fifth straight game with a hip injury, but is also practicing with the team and could be in the lineup on Tuesday. ... Flyers LW Taylor Leier sat out his first game of the season with an upper body injury. He is listed as day-to-day. LW Matt Read took his place on a fourth line with C Scott Laughton and RW Michael Raffl. Flyers LW Jordan Weal remained out of the lineup in favor of Jori Lehtera. ... The Flyers finish their five-game homestand on Tuesday when the Anaheim Ducks visit.

Updated October 21, 2017

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers feel their record isn't indicative of the team they have. They certainly showed why on Wednesday night.

Wayne Simmonds scored the 200th goal of his career and Steve Mason made 23 saves to lead Philadelphia to a 4-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Giroux, Sean Couturier and Dale Weise also scored for the Flyers, who closed within five points of the idle New York Islanders for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Making the postseason remains a long shot for Philadelphia with just 13 games remaining and four teams to pass.

The Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak while handing the defending Stanley Cup champions their fourth shutout of the season.

"For us, it's frustrating coming to the rink every day knowing we're a better team than what we are in the standings," Giroux said. "We have some games left here and we're not going to stop."

The road-weary Penguins completed an eight-day, five-game road trip that took them through four time zones as they traveled 4,763 miles. The journey got longer due to Tuesday's snowstorm in the Northeast, which caused the Penguins to fly home from Calgary on Tuesday rather than directly to Philadelphia. Pittsburgh arrived in Philadelphia late Wednesday morning.

But the Penguins didn't use the travel as an excuse.

"I think everyone's been in different situations over the course of their career," Sidney Crosby said. "Sometimes it's not perfect, but you've still got to go out there and perform, so I don't think we're going to use that as an excuse."

With 95 points, Pittsburgh remained two behind idle Washington for first place in the Metropolitan Division and the best record in the NHL.

"We knew this was going to be a tough one coming into it," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "We obviously didn't have the juice we normally have, but give the Flyers credit. They played extremely hard."

Mason posted his third shutout of the season and the 33rd of his career. He saved some of his best work for late in the game, making three strong stops within four minutes of each other with under 10 minutes remaining.

First, he denied Oskar Sundqvist's short-handed chance from right in front with 9:55 remaining. Then, Mason made a good pad save on Nick Bonino with 6:48 left before fully extending his left pad to deny Ian Cole's slap shot.

"It's the type of effort we needed every game, really," Mason said. "That's the type of hockey that dictates how you win hockey games."

Simmonds scored his 29th of the season and 200th of his career while tying teammate Brayden Schenn for the NHL lead with his 15th on the power play with 13:40 left in the second period to put Philadelphia up 2-0. Shayne Gostisbehere took the initial shot and Simmonds put the rebound over a sprawling Matt Murray.

"It's pretty cool," Simmonds said about getting his 200th goal. "I never would have thought I'd play in the NHL, never mind 200 goals. It's even better we got the two points."

Couturier put Philadelphia on the board a minute into the second when he also went high over Murray from close range after the puck deflected to him right in front of the net.

Murray had to go to the bench with 11:34 left in the period when he was inadvertently hit in the head by Philadelphia's Travis Konecny, but was able to stay in the game.

Murray finished with 24 saves.

Giroux scored on a wrist shot from the slot that beat Murray with 4:16 left, and Weise finished the scoring with 47.3 seconds remaining.

The game featured the return of defenseman Mark Streit, the former Flyers assistant captain who was traded by Philadelphia on March 1.

NOTES: Flyers D Brandon Manning (upper body) missed his second straight game and forward Jordan Weal (lower body) also was out of the lineup. ... Penguins forward Matt Cullen returned to the lineup after missing three straight games due to a lower-body injury. D Ron Hainsey (lower body) was injured and didn't play in the third period. ... Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz received a loud ovation when he was introduced while attending his first Flyers game. ... The Penguins lead 2-1 in a season series that wraps up March 26 in Pittsburgh. ... Crosby remained one assist shy of tying Jaromir Jagr for second place on the Penguins' all-time list. Crosby has 639 assists. Mario Lemieux owns the club record with 1,033.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Return home to host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Flyers: Play the second game of a back-to-back at New Jersey on Thursday night.

Updated March 15, 2017

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