Flyers are up 3-1 in the series and look to put the final nail in the coffin of this series. Carter Hart tries to extend his shutout streak after two games. This game did not end the way Flyers fans hoped. Canadiens force a game 6 after a hard fought win.
The Canadiens playing fast and hard as a desperate team would. Joel Armia is able to snap a shot past Hart and put Montreal on the board with a short-handed goal. Assists belong to Xavier Ouellet and Brett Kulak. A pair of penalties tested the penalty kill for Philly.
Early in the second, Jesperi Kotkaniemi cost the Canadiens in a big way. He draws a major penalty on Travis Sanheim leaving him wounded above the eye. This leaves the Flyers with 5 minutes of power play action and an ejection for Kotkaniemi. Doesn’t take long for the Flyers to tie the game. Jakub Voracek capitalizes in less than a minute into the major penalty. Voracek was not done. He makes it two goals with seconds left in the 5 minute major giving Philly a 2-1 lead.
The action doesn’t stop there. Joel Armia wants his second goal of the game and gets just that. The assist belong to Brett Kulak knotting the game at 2. Phil Myers double minor high sticking penalty couldn’t come at the worst time. Four minutes was enough to get Brendan Gallagher his first playoff goal and the lead. 3-2 Montreal with assists from Jonathan Drouin and Nick Suzuki.
Nick Suzuki tries joins the scoring party but a coaches challenge and an offside call cost his the goal. Game stays 3-2, Canadiens lead.
Montreal throwing shots on goal in the first half on the goal but Carter Hart continued to keep the game in reach. The Flyers squander another power play opportunity. Kevin Hayes with a breakaway and tripped while putting a shot on goal but no penalty shot called. (Huge missed call) Farabee shovels a goal past Price after an assist from Voracek. Flyers tie the game at 3. Nick Suzuki and the Canadiens respond in less than 20 seconds taking the lead back, 4-3. Hart leaves the ice with 41 seconds for a last ditch effort to tie the game. The Flyers are not able to set any scoring chances and an empty net goal from Phillip Danault. Canadiens win 5-3. Game 6 will be coming soon.
Flyers are 3 for 7 on the power play. Canadiens are 1 for 6 on the power play. Penalty Infraction Minutes are 34 for Philly and and 3 for Montreal. The face-off win percentage favors Philly at 60%. Blocked shots are 23 to 9 favoring Montreal. Giveaway are 11 to 6 Montreal vs Philadelphia. Hits are 39 to 28 with Canadiens bringing the most. Montreal tallied up 3 shots on goal and Philly racks up 29.
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