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Canadiens 5, Flyers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 5, Flyers 3
Montréal Canadiens 5, Philadelphia Flyers 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jan Bulis was more useful on the ice instead of wearing a suit and watching from the press box.

Bulis scored a career-best four goals and the Montreal Canadiens snapped a seven-game road losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Bulis was a late addition to the lineup after coach Bob Gainey told him in the morning he'd be a healthy scratch.

``I had a meeting with Bob and he told me I wasn't playing,'' Bulis said. ``Then I came back in the afternoon and he told me I was going to suit up. Luckily, it went well for me.''

Steve Begin also scored for Montreal, which had lost 16 of its last 17 on the road and hadn't won away from home since beating Tampa Bay on Dec. 28.

Simon Gagne, Freddy Meyer and R.J. Umberger scored for Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia, which has lost four of its last five games at home.

It could be a costly game for the Flyers, who lost star center Peter Forsberg and forward Branko Radivojevic to injuries. Forsberg left with a left groin strain in the second period and will be evaluated on Thursday. Radivojevic has a left ankle injury that could keep him out a while.

Forsberg, the team's leading scorer, missed two games last week with an abdominal muscle strain that initially was called a groin strain. He also sat out six games earlier this season with a right groin strain. A former league MVP, Forsberg has 62 points in his first season with the Flyers.

``I thought I was going to be fine and I aggravated it,'' Forsberg said. ``It's a little worse than a week ago. I didn't feel a pop, but a sharp pain.''

Philadelphia has been decimated by injuries this season and remained without captain Keith Primeau and defensemen Eric Desjardins, Kim Johnsson and Joni Pitkanen.

Without their top three defensemen, the Flyers had one of their sloppiest efforts.

``We made mistakes that it doesn't matter who we played,'' coach Ken Hitchcock said. ``We made really poor decisions. We made poor reads.''

Bulis, who came in with eight goals, redirected a centering pass from Niklas Sundstrom past goaltender Robert Esche to give Montreal a 4-3 lead 3:11 into the third period.

Begin stripped Gagne and beat Esche to make it 5-3. The Canadiens tied a season-low with just 15 shots.

Bulis, who never had a hat trick in the NHL, became the first Canadiens player to score four goals since Brian Savage, now with the Flyers, did it against the New York Islanders on Jan. 8, 1998.

``It was four goals on four shots,'' Bulis said. ``A game like this sometimes is once in a career.''

The Flyers took a 3-2 lead when a one-timer by Petr Nedved hit off a Montreal defender and Umberger's stick before sliding in between goalie Cristobal Huet's legs in the second period.

But a streaking Bulis scored off a nifty pass from Tomas Plekanec to tie it at 3.

``He didn't have a lot of time to think about it when I told him he was going to play and he was going to play with Radek Bonk and Niklas Sundstrom, who had a lot to do with his success,'' Gainey said.

Gagne scored his career-best 34th goal of the season to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead early. Forsberg, who has helped Gagne become one of the league's premier scorers, set it up by dumping a shot toward the net. Huet made the stop, but Gagne poked in the rebound.

Meyer ripped a shot from outside the left circle into the top corner to make it 2-0 a few minutes later. But the Canadiens answered just 1:12 later when Bulis scored to cut it to 2-1.

Craig Rivet's clearing pass from Montreal's zone took two wild bounces off the glass and ricocheted toward the net. Bulis outraced Flyers defenseman Chris Therien to the puck and lifted a shot over Esche's shoulder.

Bulis ripped a shot under Esche's arm to tie it at 2 in the second period.

``We did give up a lot of scoring chances, but I'm not going to say that a stronger game out of me wouldn't have helped us get it into overtime,'' said Esche, who made his second start since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him for a month.

Notes: Mario Lemieux was the last player to score four goals against the Flyers in a 9-3 win by Pittsburgh on March 20, 1993. ... Gagne's previous best was 33 goals in the 2001-02 season. ... Rivet had two assists for a career-best 19 this season. ... Bulis had one goal in 20 previous games against the Flyers. ... The Flyers had their 24th sellout in 26 games at the Wachovia Center.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:06
PHI
Simon Gagne (34) ASST: Peter Forsberg (47), Randy Jones (4)
1 - 0 PHI
07:05
PHI
Freddy Meyer (4) ASST: Donald Brashear (3), Derian Hatcher (11)
2 - 0 PHI
08:17
MTL
Jan Bulis (9) ASST: Craig Rivet (18)
2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
06:18
MTL
Jan Bulis (10) ASST: Craig Rivet (19), Radek Bonk (12)
2 - 2 Tie
13:21
PHI
PPG - R.J. Umberger (9) ASST: Petr Nedved (11), Randy Jones (5)
3 - 2 PHI
16:03
MTL
PPG - Jan Bulis (11) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (10), Francis Bouillon (12)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
03:11
MTL
Jan Bulis (12) ASST: Niklas Sundstrom (7), Mathieu Dandenault (8)
4 - 3 MTL
08:40
MTL
Steve Begin (10) ASST: NONE
5 - 3 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
00:23
PHI
Petr Nedved  Holding against  Jan Bulis
13:12
MTL
Alex Kovalev  Tripping against  Brian Savage
18:55
MTL
Mark Streit  Hi-sticking against  Simon Gagne
18:55
MTL
Mark Streit  Hi-sticking against  Simon Gagne
2nd Period
02:11
PHI
Petr Nedved  Hi-sticking against  Mathieu Dandenault
03:43
MTL
Mike Ribeiro  Holding against  Mike Knuble
06:36
PHI
Alexandre Picard  Hooking against  Michael Ryder
09:36
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Tripping against  Mike Richards
11:58
MTL
Saku Koivu  Hooking against  Mike Rathje
14:09
PHI
Donald Brashear  Hooking against  Tomas Plekanec
16:45
MTL
Radek Bonk  Hooking against  R.J. Umberger
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Robert Esche
SA: 15TOI: 59:18
Saves: 10EV: 3 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .667SH: 1 - 1