GAME #14 Canadiens – 4 Philadelphia -1 (Feb. 16/2013)

Feb 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Canadiens, Canadiens Game Story, Latest News

flyers  feb 16 gallagherMoving rookie Brendan Gallagher to a line with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty paid off for the Canadiens.  The line scored the first two goals of the game and the Canadiens skated away with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night.     Also scoring for the Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque.  Bourque’s goal was awarded to him after he was tripped while going for the empty net.  Peter Budaj was in the Canadiens nets after Carey Price came down with stomach flu.  The Canadiens outshot Philadelphia 29-19.    It was the Canadiens third straight win and with nineteen points the team is only two behind the front running New Jersey Devils for the Eastern Conference lead.

The Canadiens will  host Carolina Monday night and then play the Rangers at Madison Square Garden Tuesday.

At Random –

Catching Fire – The presence of Brendan Gallagher on  the line seemed to light a fire under both David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.  In the first period the line produced seven scoring chances, three of them from Gallagher.  Pacioretty turned Flyer defenceman  Kimmo Timonen around at the line and then gave the puck to Gallagher, who’s quick release startled Brian Boucher.

Game Winner-  Early in the second period, Pacioretty got loose on a semi-breakaway.   He fed Gallagher who found Desharnais in the slot.  2-0 Canadiens.

Breathing Room – Tomas Plekanec’s goal to make it 3-1 was the result of simple  hard work.  It started with Rene Bourque blocking Brayden Schenn’s clearing attempt and giving it to Plekanec who appeared to hang on to the puck too long in front.  He then wheeled and shot, get the rebound  back and shoot it over Boucher who was now sitting on the ice. 3-1Canadiens.   That’s seven on the season for Plekanec  now.

Paying the Price –  Four minutes into the third period  Gallagher was slammed  into the end boards in Philadelphia territory by  Luke Schenn and left the ice  with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.  He didn’t return.  Seven minutes  later on a partial breakawaye, Max  Pacioretty was hauled down by Timonen  and slid hard into the Flyers goalpost.  He left with either a rib or wrist injury.   Two thirds of the game’s most productive line done for the  night.  and his  night was over.  With four minutes left Alexei Emelin appeared  to have been slew-footed by Claude  Giroux  and  left  the ice in pain.  He didn[t play another shift.   And then with 78 seconds left in the game Colby Armstrong took a puck in the face.   No reports on the seriousness of any of the injuries. Gallagher and Pacioretty are particularly worrisome.

Shut Down –  It’s becoming a familiar sight.  The Canadiens team-game  frustrating their opponent.  At the end of forty-minutes, the Flyers had a total of ten shots on goal.  Five of them came during the four straight penalties the Canadiens picked up in the second period.

Payback  – The Canadiens  owed one  to Peter Budaj after they let him down in Buffalo last week.  They looked after him  on  this night.   P.K. Subban dove in front of a shot from Tye McGinn after Budaj was caught out of the  net in the second period  and with 3 ½ minutes left and the score still 3-1 Budaj had reach behind him after he failed to handle a shot cleanly.  Otherwise a nicely controlled night in the Canadiens goal.

Re-United-  The power play point combination of Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz was the talk of the town through the first five  games of the season.  When P.K. Subban joined the team, he was placed with Markov again and production disappeared.   With  one power play goal their last 16 opportunities, Michel Therrien finally went back to what  worked.  Diaz and Markov together to open the third period and, although they didn’t score, it was the best-looking Canadiens power play in four  games.

Up and Coming – The third four-game week for the Canadiens in a month. They host Carolina Monday; head for Madison Square Garden and the Rangers Tuesday and return home for the Islanders Thursday and the Rangers Saturday.


2 Comments to “GAME #14 Canadiens – 4 Philadelphia -1 (Feb. 16/2013)”

  1. philippe ouimet says:

    Great game CH fans got their moneys worth last night….who would have beleived our Habs would be up there in the conference standings… just hope Gallagher and Paccioretty will be OK to play this coming week. On the down side coach Therrien and most fans have noticed PK’s antics have started again…this persistent Prima Donna one man show attitude has to be stopped or the team will suffer AGAIN !!!! I for one would not be surprised to see PK in the stands eating a hot dog with Kaberle and Weber reflecting on the words TEAM PLAYER and HUMILITY.

  2. Merrill Smith says:

    This seems to have gone unnoticed: yesterday was Andrei Markov’s 14th game this season. Last year he played 13. Another six and he’ll surpass his total for the last two seasons.

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