Talk about beating yourself!

It’s not the first time we’ve seen the Canadiens lack of discipline cost a hockey game this season; it was just the worst time as the Philadelphia Flyers scored three power play goals en route to a 5-2 win.

Three penalties drawn in the span of 1:31 led to two Flyers’ five-on-three power play goals and considering the Canadiens proven lack of ability to come from behind this season, the game was for all-intents over.

The slide started when Sergei Kostitsyn slashed Claude Giroux at 16:03 of a 0-0 game that the Canadiens appeared to have well under control. 1;11 later Jaroslav Spacek hooked Mike Richards and twenty seconds after that P.K. Subban took a wild swing with his stick, hitting Michel Briere in the face. That put three in the penalty box. Eight seconds after the Subban penalty Jeff Carter put it into the open side on the first five-on-three. Spacek back on the ice, but with a continuing five-on-three, Kimo Timonen lifted a high shot past Price to make it 2-0.

Twenty-three seconds into the second period Daniel Carcillo scored and it was lights out.

For the most part the rest of the way, the Canadiens failed to compete.

They did make it 3-1 on a David Desharnais goal, but another bad penalty, this time for too many men, and the Flyers Claude Giroux restored the three goal lead. Mathieu Darche scored, but the Flyers added the empty net goal to compete a night to forget in Philadelphia. The Flyers complete their four game season series against the Canadiens with a 3-1 record.

Summing It Up – This was all about shooting yourself in the foot. Not even the Canadiens normally excellent penalty killers could save them on this night. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins have their penalty killers on the ice more often than the Canadiens’ this season. In this fiasco, they paid dearly for it. In fact, both special teams had a miserable night. In just over twelve minutes of power play time the Canadiens totalled four shots.

Until the they lost their self control, the Canadiens were actually doing a good job of bottling up the neutral zone and seemed in control. The scoring chances were in the Philadelphia end of the ice. After the two power play goals, outside of couple of flashes, the Canadiens were outclassed. If this was supposed to be a statement game, the Flyers did all of the talking.

I would be hard pressed to find a member of the Canadiens that stood out. David Desharnais probably was their best with a goal and a team-leading five shots. At least he seemed involved. Some of the others put in a night’s work, Pacioretty and Darche come to mind; also Subban (despite that awful first period penalty) and Gill.   Not a bad night, but then again, not a great night for Carey Price. The third goal 23 seconds into the second period was his low point.  This was James Wisniewski’s worst game since joining the team.

And what’s with those shot blocking statistics?  The Flyers blocked 31; the Canadiens only 8.

It’s going to take the entire seven-day all-star break to forget this stinker.

The Goalscorers – Philadelphia – Carter (23rd) PPG (Richards-Pronger); Timonen (3rd) PPG (Pronger-Richards); Carcillo (3rd) (Pronger); Giroux (19th) PPG (Hartnell-Briere); Briere (26th) ENG (Pronger-Bobrovsky). Canadiens – Desharnais (3rd) (Gill-Darche); Darche (9th) (Moen-Hamrlik).

Shots on Goal – Montreal – 9-15-7 = 31 Philadelphia – 10-16-9 = 35

The Three Stars – First – Claude Giroux (1 goal-3shots) Second – Chris Pronger (4 assists – plus-2) Third – Mike Richards (2 assists – plus 2)

The Corsi/Fenwick Numbers

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20735 MTL 6 – D – SPACEK, JAROSLAV 0 0 9 11 4 3 -1 3 1 1
20735 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 0 0 6 8 2 3 -3 8 3 2
20735 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 1 7 7 3 1 1 9 2 8
20735 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 0 4 3 0 1 0 3 0 3
20735 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 0 0 5 10 2 4 -7 12 2 3
20735 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 0 0 4 10 2 2 -6 7 3 -2
20735 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 2 1 24 25 9 8 1 22 5 18
20735 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 1 0 4 3 0 1 1 4 0 5
20735 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 1 0 6 13 2 4 -8 13 4 1
20735 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 0 1 9 4 3 2 5 10 2 13
20735 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 2 0 8 4 4 3 7 2 0 9
20735 MTL 53 – C – WHITE, RYAN 0 0 3 3 0 1 -1 3 0 2
20735 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 0 8 9 4 2 1 5 0 6
20735 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 1 0 7 6 3 3 2 0 0 2
20735 MTL 67 – L – PACIORETTY, MAX 0 0 6 10 2 2 -4 8 3 1
20735 MTL 68 – D – WEBER, YANNICK 1 0 7 10 1 2 -3 3 0 0
20735 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 1 1 10 2 5 2 11 7 0 18
20735 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 1 1 12 4 4 1 11 6 3 14
20735 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 2 1 5 4 4 3 3 7 2 8