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Flyers 4, Canadiens 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 4, Canadiens 2
Philadelphia Flyers 4, Montréal Canadiens 2

MONTREAL (AP) -Simon Gagne made the trip from Quebec City worthwhile for his personal cheering section of some 25 friends and family.

The Philadelphia left winger had two goals and an assist, and the Flyers scored three second-period goals in a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Gagne, a native of the Quebec City suburb of Ste-Foy, set up Mike Knuble's go-ahead goal 15:43 into the second before making it 3-1 on a power play with 11.9 seconds remaining in the period.

"It's always a little bit more special for myself, coming here and being in Montreal, at home," Gagne said.

He added his second goal of the game - his team-leading 13th - with a short-handed effort with 2:08 left in the third.

"When he starts heating up, they start pouring in and he's going to score all the time," Knuble said.

Sami Kapanen scored early in the second and Antero Niittymaki made 29 saves for Philadelphia, which won its second game in as many days following a three-game losing streak.

The Flyers, who lost Wednesday to Ottawa 3-2 in overtime, have five points in their last three games after recording just 12 points while only winning five of their first 21.

"We've been playing well as a team lately and hopefully these two wins turn things around and we'll win a lot more games," Niittymaki said.

Alex Kovalev and Saku Koivu scored for Montreal, which had a season-high three-game winning streak.

Montreal goalie David Aebischer stopped 22 shots in his first start since Nov. 16, when he was pulled after the second period of a 5-1 loss in Florida for the second start in a row.

Knuble put a loose puck into an open net for his fourth goal with 4:17 left in the second to put the Flyers up 2-1.

Gagne made it a two-goal margin just one second before Montreal was able to kill off the second of two penalties late in the period, including a 1:28 stretch where it was two men down with defensemen Craig Rivet and Sheldon Souray in the penalty box.

"I think it would have been pretty big to go into the third period down 2-1, instead of 3-1," Aebischer said. "It was a one-timer, I think he fanned on it and it just found its way into the net. That's the way it goes."

Koivu, who scored the tying goal in the Canadiens' 2-1 overtime win in Buffalo the night before, got his sixth of the season on a power play 3:22 into the third to draw Montreal within one.

Kovalev, who beat Niittymaki over the right shoulder with a hard wrist shot 8:04 into the game, fed a pass from the right side to Koivu, who tipped the puck between the goalie's pads.

Montreal led 1-0 after the first, though its margin could have been much bigger with all the scoring chances the Canadiens had early in the period.

Souray had a short-handed chance as his slap shot trickled through Niittymaki's pads and just wide of the left post. Tomas Plekanec shot over the net on a partial break later in the same penalty kill and Koivu had a good scoring chance denied when Joni Pitkanen was called for holding at 3:25.

"It seems that the second period is the problem for us in a lot of games," Koivu said. "We lose our focus and make some mental mistakes, and we lose that momentum that we have. We just needed one or two more goals in the first to really get things going, but that didn't happen tonight."

Kapanen tied it at 1 with his fourth goal 1:34 into the middle period.

Notes: Souray fought Flyers D Derian Hatcher with 1:20 remaining. ... Canadiens G Cristobal Huet had made seven straight appearances - including two relief appearances for Aebischer - before sitting this one out. He has won five straight starts, and seven of eight. ... The crowd of 21,273 was Montreal's 70th consecutive regular-season sellout at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens set a single-season attendance record of 872,193 last season and have sold out every regular-season game since Jan. 8, 2004, when 20,706 were on hand for a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:04
MTL
Alex Kovalev (7) ASST: Sergei Samsonov (7), Tomas Plekanec (4)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
01:34
PHI
Sami Kapanen (4) ASST: Joni Pitkanen (16), Jussi Timonen (2)
1 - 1 Tie
15:43
PHI
Mike Knuble (7) ASST: Randy Jones (3), Simon Gagne (7)
2 - 1 PHI
19:48
PHI
PPG - Simon Gagne (12) ASST: Freddy Meyer (3), Randy Robitaille (10)
3 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
03:22
MTL
PPG - Saku Koivu (6) ASST: Alex Kovalev (10), Sheldon Souray (9)
3 - 2 PHI
17:52
PHI
SHG - Simon Gagne (13) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:45
PHI
R.J. Umberger  Hooking against  Guillaume Latendresse
01:06
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Hooking against  Mike Richards
01:45
MTL
Mike Johnson  Interference on goalkeeper against  Antero Niittymaki
03:25
PHI
Joni Pitkanen  Holding against  Saku Koivu
15:23
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Tripping against  Sami Kapanen
2nd Period
06:48
PHI
Antero Niittymaki  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
17:17
MTL
Craig Rivet  Tripping against  Ben Eager
17:49
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Slashing against  Mike Richards
19:48
MTL
Sergei Samsonov  Abuse of officials - bench
3rd Period
03:14
PHI
Eric Meloche  Tripping against  Garth Murray
09:27
MTL
Steve Begin  Kneeing against  Joni Pitkanen
09:27
PHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Steve Begin
16:45
PHI
Petr Nedved  Hooking against  Radek Bonk
18:40
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Cross checking against  Derian Hatcher
18:40
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Fighting (maj) against  Derian Hatcher
18:40
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Cross checking against  Sheldon Souray
18:40
PHI
Derian Hatcher  Fighting (maj) against  Sheldon Souray
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 31TOI: 59:41
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .935SH: 4 - 4
David Aebischer
SA: 26TOI: 58:50
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 1