After a huge road victory over St. Louis on Wednesday evening, the Philadelphia Flyers (25-17-6) made a return to the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center to face the Montreal Canadiens (21-21-7) on Thursday evening.
Recently recalled, Joel Farabee broke a scoring slump when he potted a feed from Tyler Pitlick and Connor Bunnaman’s first NHL assist, Behind Hans netminder, Carey Price at 18:47 of the first.
The Flyers jubilation lasted all of twenty seconds when Tomas Tater scored off Alex Lyon to end the opening stanza with a 1-1 tie.
Shea Weber and former Flyer, Nick Cousins set up Ilya Kovalchuk for an extra-man goal to the visitors in front, 2-1 after just two minutes.
The quick-strike Canadiens struck again just 11 seconds later off an Artturi Lehkonen strike to pushed it to a 3-1 advantage.
That would mark the end of the second stanza goal scoring and Montreal seemed to have control of the contest due in large part to the puck handling ability of Carey Price.
Price was strong in dealing with Philadelphia’s Dump and Chase.
Kovalchuk added an “oh by the way” goal at the 11:13 mark to cement the 4-1 victory.
Price was on his game and stopped 40 of the 41 Flyers shots.
Alex Lyon made a few outstanding stops in the early going and received no offensive support despite stopping 36 shots in the Flyers nets.
By: Kevin Neibauer
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