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Gallagher, Desharnais goals lift Habs to third straight win 4-1 over Flyers

Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Gallagher, Desharnais goals lift Habs to third straight win 4-1 over Flyers

MONTREAL - Rookie Brendan Gallagher had a goal and assist, but then left the game with an injury, as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Saturday night for their third NHL win in a row.

David Desharnais, Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque also scored for the Canadiens (9-4-1), who outshot the tired-looking Flyers 29-19.

Gallagher left four minutes into the third period after being hit into the boards by Luke Schenn and did not return. There was no immediate word on the injury.

Daniel Briere scored for Philadelphia (6-9-1), which has lost three of its last four games.

The Flyers were coming off a 5-3 loss to New Jersey on Friday night. They were outshot 12-2 in the opening period but goalie Brian Boucher, filling in for Ilya Bryzgalov, kept them in the game.

Gallagher got his fifth of the season at 8:53 after taking a feed from Max Pacioretty and putting a clever move on Kimmo Timonen before scoring on a low shot.

Gallagher and Pacioretty combined again to feed Desharnais alone in front 1:15 into the second frame.

Defenceman P.K. Subban made a sprawling save after goalie Peter Budaj misplayed a puck behind his crease, but the shutout was broken moments later when Briere put a shot in off Andrei Markov's leg at 13:56.

Budaj got his third start with Carey Price at home battling a virus, and picked up his first win.

Plekanec got his seventh of the season 4:32 into the third as he took his own rebound off defenceman Braydon Coburn and fired it past the sprawled Boucher.

Pacioretty also went for treatment after he appeared to bang an elbow on the goalpost on a drive to the net at 11:52 of the third.

Bourque was credited with an empty-net goal at 18:56 even if the puck never went in as he was dragged down from behind by Jakob Voracek.

Notes: Goalie Robert Mayer was called up from AHL Hamilton to back up Budaj. . . Montreal defenceman Alexei Emelin, hit on the face by a puck in the pre-season, has traded in his face cage for a visor. . . Ryan White, Yannick Weber and Tomas Kaberle were scratched for Montreal. The Flyers sat out Kurtis Foster, Herry Zolnierczyk and Tom Sestito.

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