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Eller, Gallagher goals lift Canadiens past punchless Flyers by 4-1

Saturday, 10.05.2013 / 10:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Eller, Gallagher goals lift Canadiens past punchless Flyers by 4-1

MONTREAL - Lars Eller scored his third goal in two games and Brendan Gallagher got his second as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Saturday night.

Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque also scored for Montreal (1-1-0), while Alex Galchenyuk had his second two-assist performance in as many games to start the season. Montreal had a 34-23 shot advantage.

Vincent Lecavalier scored for Philadelphia (0-2-0), which was beaten 3-1 by Toronto in its season opener on Wednesday night. The Flyers play again Sunday night at Carolina.

Many of the 21,273 at the Bell Centre booed each time the puck went to Lecavalier, who turned down the Canadiens to sign with the Flyers this off-season.

It was Daniel Briere's first game against Philadelphia since the Flyers bought him out, but it was a quiet night for the veteran forward, other than taking two minor penalties.

Tomas Plekanec won a faceoff in the Flyers' zone and Bourque slipped a pass across the crease for Gionta to bang past Ray Emery for the opening goal 8:10 into the game.

The Flyers were victims of a quick whistle when Price lost a puck at his feet and Matt Read knocked it in, but it was ruled no goal.

Eller, who scored twice in a season-opening 4-3 loss to the Leafs, backhanded in the rebound of a Gallagher shot that missed the net only 12 seconds into the third frame.

A P.K. Subban shot looked to have gone in during a third-period 5-on-3 but video review found it went in the side netting. Only 18 seconds after play resumed, Subban faked a shot and passed to Galchenyuk, who slipped it to Gallagher for a 3-0 lead.

Lecavalier was at the side of the net to lift the rebound of Mark Streit point shot past Carey Price on a power play 9:13 into the third. Bourque added a power-play goal in the final minute.

Next up for the Canadiens is a western road trip to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg beginning Wednesday.

Notes: Max Pacioretty, who jammed a wrist in the season opener, did not dress. Brandon Prust took his spot on the top line and Michael Bournival made his NHL debut on the fourth unit. With George Parros out (concussion), Ryan White dressed. . . Plekanec played his 600th NHL game and defenceman Josh Gorges played his 400th, while the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo played his 100th. . . Nathan Beaulieu, called up Friday, did not dress. . . The Flyers scratched Erik Gustafsson, Kris Newbury and Hal Gill.

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

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