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MTL@PHI: About Thursday night…

The Canadiens left Philadelphia with a point thanks to Carey Price

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

PHILADELPHIA - Here are a few key storylines from Thursday night's 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

A point thanks to Price

The Canadiens leave Philadelphia with an important point in the bank, and they owe much of it to Carey Price.

The netminder turned aside 40 of 43 shots he faced in the loss, including some key saves on Travis Konecny and Sean Couturier in the first.

Video: MTL@PHI: Price shuts down Konecny on breakaway

After the game, the Habs were quick to heap praise on Price for his efforts.

"Our goalie held us in there and gave us a chance to win tonight," explained captain Shea Weber, who scored his third goal of the season. "He was by far our best player."

Video: MTL@PHI: Weber nets one-timer from top of circle

Price also got the job done in the third period when Carsen Twarynski was awarded a penalty shot.

Video: MTL@PHI: Price denies Twarynski on penalty shot

Forward Nick Cousins, who's in his first season with the Canadiens, was very impressed with the way the veteran backstop handled himself.

"He stood on his head. The first period and a half probably weren't our best. We didn't really have our legs and they were taking it to us," outlined Cousins, who earned an assist on a goal by Ben Chiarot. "They were outshooting us by a wide margin, and he kept us in there all game."

Video: MTL@PHI: Chiarot snaps rebound past Hart from slot

Head coach Claude Julien echoed his players' sentiments.

"He was very good. I think Carey kept us in the game. He faced a lot of shots. Our goalie made some big saves. We got a point thanks to him," said Julien in his postgame press conference. "Without him, I'm not sure we'd be leaving here with a point."

Strong night for the PK

Another positive to come out of the loss in Philadelphia was the performance of the Habs' penalty kill unit.

The Flyers were unable to capitalize on six power play opportunities, and the special teams unit's work did not go unnoticed.

"The penalty kill did a great job tonight," shared Weber. "That was good for our PK, but it was tough to get any momentum going when half the bench was sitting there waiting for us to kill penalties the whole game."

From his standpoint, Price also found the players in front of him did well, but agreed that it was tough to regain momentum following his team's penalties.

"The game is all about momentum, and it's hard to gain momentum on the PK," mentioned Price. "But I thought on the other side of that, our PKers did a great job tonight."

Still, Julien admitted he was leaving Pennsylvania with a sour taste in his mouth.

"We're not happy with our game. We were average at five-on-five. On the penalty kill, we were very good," added the veteran bench boss. "We didn't have a chance to show what we can do on the power play. It's disappointing."

Back to work on Saturday

The Canadiens have the day off on Friday, and they'll be back in action to take on the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at the Bell Centre.

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