Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin – Max Domi – Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen – Ryan Poehling – Paul Byron
Nick Cousins – Nate Thompson – Nick Suzuki
Victor Mete – Shea Weber
Ben Chiarot – Jeff Petry
Mike Reilly – Cale Fleury
Carey Price – Keith Kinkaid
Christian Folin, Brett Kulak, Jordan Weal
What is the best way to illustrate just how completely the Canadiens were dominated in Philadelphia? One could mention the Habs turnovers, the way the Flyers controlled the neutral zone and the orange waves of odd man rushes.
But if a number if what you are looking for, how about this one: the Flyers had registered 30 shots by the 30 minute mark of the game. In fact, Philadelphia was outshooting the Canadiens 33-13 by the midpoint of the second period (including a 25-1 stretch.)
The Flyers were on track for a 60-shot game. They fell short of the mark, not due to a third period resurgence by the Canadiens, but because they could not sustain the pace. In fact, it had to be rather disheartening for the home team to have their way with the Habs only to find themselves in a 2-2 tie four minutes into the third period.
The sole reason that the Canadiens found themselves in the game at all: Carey Price.
Price was truly outstanding making numerous difficult saves with considerable traffic impeding him. Price stymied a breakaway by Travis Konecny, a penalty shot by Carsen Twarynski and a point blank opportunity by Sean Couturier. There were also unreal saves on Joel Farabee and Jakub Voracek that qualified for highlight of the night.
The penalty-kill deserves praise led by an exceptional effort from Artturi Lehkonen. The only blemish occurred seconds after the expiration of Tomas Tatar’s penalty. Paul Byron couldn’t coral a puck in the slot nor contain James van Riemsdyk for the Flyer’s second goal.
The Canadiens will have the day off on Friday returning to the ice to host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
Plus / Minus
▲▲ Carey Price
▲ Nick Cousins, Shea Weber, Ben Chiarot, Jeff Petry, Artturi Lehkonen
▼ Mike Reilly, Tomas Tatar, Max Domi, Jonathan Drouin, Nick Suzuki, Paul Byron, Ryan Poehling