Try as he might, Carey Price couldn’t do it all himself as the Flyers came from behind to edge the Canadiens 3-2 Monday night in Philadelphia. The Canadiens used a strong first period from Maxim Lapierre,Benoit Pouliot and Jeff Halpern to take a 2-0 first period lead and then stopped skating. The Flyers then fired 36 shots at Carey Price in the second and third periods and scored three unanswered goals. There was little offensive presence from the Canadiens outside of the Halpern/Lapierre/Pouliot line. Lapierre scored both Canadiens goal and had five first period shots. He also hit the post early in the second period with the score still 2-0. Pouliot drew two assists. Ville Leino, Claude Giroux and James Van Riemsdyk scored for Philadelphia. Shots on goal were 45-31 for the Flyers; 36-13. The season series with the Flyers is now even at one apiece. The Canadiens are at home to Los Angeles Wednesday night.

Summing It Up – The Canadiens put in one period of work, or should we say, Lapierre/Pouliot/Halpern put in a period of work along with Carey Price. It was enough for the 2-0 lead. But the rest of the way it was all Flyers and but for Carey Price this game could have been a 6-2 thrashing. The performance of the team was reminiscent of the old “Philadelphia Flu” the euphemism to describe team performances there in the hayday of the Broad Street Bullies. Certainly there was no sign of the aggressiveness that allowed the Habs to shutout them six days ago at the Bell Centre. The line that features Scott Gomez at centre continues to be a total offensive wasteland. Jacques Martin used Michael Cammalleri and Travis Moen with him tonight with no noticable improvement. The trio produced four shots.

How It Went

The First Period

Setting the Table – Scott gome won the draw against Mike Richards sending it back to Hal Gill. Gill caught Michael Cammalleri with a perfect pass and he was in alone to test Brian Boucher ten second into the game. Then Gill took a shot and Michael Cammalleri induced Chris Pronger into taking a crosschecking penalty. All in the first 24 seconds.

Taking It To Them – Maxim Lapierre was stopped on a breakaway at 6.25. At that point the Canadiens were ahead in shots 5-0. Gionta had a great chance on a drop pass from Kostitsyn. And at 9:02 Hamrlik’s shot trickled past Boucher and out the other side where Lapierre had another chance was was stopped.

Showing a Little Edge. In the faceoff circle Daniel Briere gave Lars Eller the stick as he lost his balance before the puck drop. Eller grabbed his stick and threw it away. No penalties.

The Opener – At 11:52 Lapierre got a pass from Pouliot and let a 50 foot shot go with Sean O’Donnell acting as a partial screen. It went past Boucher on the short side and can only be termed a bad goal.

Reporting for Work – After an opening twelve minutes in which the Flyers did not have a real scoring chance, Daniel Briere presented Carey Price with a little work at 12:37. Shots on goal were 11-4. On their next shift Briere and Hartnell got the Canadiens pinned in their own zone for almost ninety seconds. They had two shots both stopped.

The Period of His Life – At 16:07 another soft shot by Lapierre, this one deflected down by An drej Mezaros past Boucher to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead. It was Lapierre’s fifth shot on goal in the period. End of the first period the Canadiens had the two goal lead. Shots on goal favoured the Canadiens 15-9.

The Second Period

Penalty Trouble – Fifteen seconds into the period Roman Hamrlik was caught for tripping. On the power play Carey Price had to make three saves

The Briere Line – Briere/Hartnell/Leino was the best Flyers line in the first period carried it in to the second. Left winger Ville Leino forced Price to make a big save at 4:50.

If Only!! – Fifty seconds after the Leino scoring chance Benoit Pouliot sent Lapierre in off the right side looking for the hattrick. He hit the post. Twenty eight seconds later Pouliot got a tripping penalty.

Piling On – The Flyers took over the game totally. Five more shots on Price while Pouliot was in the box. At the 14:11 mark the shots on goal in the second period alone were 17-3.

The Inevitable – At 14:53 the Flyers finally got on the board on a 3-on-2 with Scott Hartnell acting as a decoy Daniel Briere passed to Ville Leino who was left alone by a distracted Jaroslav Spacek. Leino scored high to the glove side ending a 94:53 Price shutout streak against the Flyers. End of the second period Canadiens held on to a very tenuous 2-1 lead. Flyers outshot the Canadiens 21-5 in the period.

The Third Period

The Roof Fell In – At 1:48 Darroll Powe put the puck in front of the net off Hal Gill. It came right to Claude Giroux at the far side who didn’t hesitate on Price who was trying to get across the goalmouth. 2-2 tie.

No Push-Back – The Flyers continued to take it to the Canadiens over the next six minutes. On the sixth unanswered shot, the Flyers completed their comeback. With Alexandre Picard caught up ice Mike Richards won a battle in the corner to get it out to Braydon Coborn and across for a wide open James Van Riemsdyk. The Flyers 9th shot of the period and second goal.

Playing it Out – The teams played it out. The closest the Canadiens came was a close in chance by Picard with 3:10 remaining and a Hamrlik shot that Gionta deflected up off Boucher’s shoulder. Final score – Philadelphia-3 Canadiens-2.

The Video Highlights

The Goalscorers – Philadelphia Leino (4th) (Briere-Hartnell); Giroux (12th) (Powe-O’Donnell); Van Riemsdyk(1st) (Coborn-Richards) Montreal – Lapierre (3rd) (Pouliot-Halpern); Lapierre (4th) (Pouliot-Halpern)

Shots on Goal – Montreal 15-5-11 = 31 Philadelphia 9-21-15 = 45

Our Three Stars – First – Daniel Briere (1 assist – 4 shots) Second – James Van Riemsdyk (winning goal – 5 shots) Third – Carey Price (stopped 42 of 45 shots)

The Fenwick/Corse Game statistics

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20301 MTL 6 – D – SPACEK, JAROSLAV 0 1 11 12 4 1 1 4 3 2
20301 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 0 1 4 13 1 5 -14 5 5 -14
20301 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 0 4 10 1 4 -9 3 5 -11
20301 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 0 7 8 2 1 0 1 3 -2
20301 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 2 2 7 5 1 1 2 0 3 -1
20301 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 0 1 9 9 1 2 -2 2 2 -2
20301 MTL 26 – D – GORGES, JOSH 2 1 5 11 2 5 -8 1 6 -13
20301 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 2 3 23 32 7 7 -10 9 13 -14
20301 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 0 4 12 2 4 -10 2 4 -12
20301 MTL 40 – C – LAPIERRE, MAXIM 2 2 8 6 2 1 3 3 2 4
20301 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 0 1 12 13 4 1 1 4 5 0
20301 MTL 45 – D – PICARD, ALEXANDRE 0 1 4 7 1 1 -4 4 3 -3
20301 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 0 0 6 9 2 1 -2 2 3 -3
20301 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 2 2 6 5 1 2 0 1 1 0
20301 MTL 68 – D – WEBER, YANNICK 0 0 5 7 1 0 -1 2 3 -2
20301 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 1 1 6 10 2 4 -6 1 6 -11
20301 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 1 1 7 10 1 2 -4 4 4 -4
20301 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 0 5 6 3 0 2 3 4 1
20301 MTL 94 – C – PYATT, TOM 0 0 5 7 4 0 2 3 3 2