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MTL@PHI: Postgame

The Habs won their third game in their last four and split their back-to-back with a win over the Flyers on Thursday

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

PHILADELPHIA - A day after losing 4-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Canadiens responded well and defeated the Flyers by the same score on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Joel Armia made his return to the lineup after an 11-game absence due to an upper-body injury. He was slotted onto a line at right wing with Nick Suzuki at center and Max Domi on the left.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 👋 Joel!#GoHabsGo

Brett Kulak also dressed after sitting out the past two games, replacing rookie Cale Fleury on the backend.

The scoresheet remained untouched most of the way through the first period, but Joel Farabee broke the ice with his fourth of the season after recovering the puck in the slot in front of Carey Price with 1:13 remaining in the frame.

The Habs didn't wait long to reply, however, with Tomas Tatar beating Alex Lyon for his 17th of the season just 18 seconds later.

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Phillip Danault and Ben Chiarot earned assists on the play.

After 20, the Habs were leading the Flyers 13-12 in shots and the score was tied a 1-1.

Early in the second, the Habs took the lead. Shea Weber blasted it from the point, and with Nick Cousins parked in front of Lyon, Ilya Kovalchuk jammed it in to make it 2-1.

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Cousins and Weber got the assists.

The Habs doubled their lead on the very next play, when Artturi Lehkonen redirected Phillip Danault's shot past Lyon for his 11th of the season.

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Danault earned a helper, making this his sixth multi-point game of the season. Tatar got the secondary assist, his team-leading 25th of 2019-20.

Carey Price was solid in the crease in the middle frame, turning aside all 19 shots he faced.

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The Canadiens headed to the room up 3-1 after 40 minutes.

Kovalchuk added to the Habs' lead in the third. From the corner, Danault fed the Russian sniper in the high slot, and Kovalchuk wired his sixth of the season past Lyon to make it 4-1 with 8:47 left in regulation. It was his seventh point in seven games as a Hab, and his 53rd point in 52 career games against the Flyers.

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Kovalchuk's linemates, Danault and Tatar, earned the assists on the tally to give them both three points on the night.

With the win, head coach Claude Julien moved into a tie with Ron Wilson for 13th on the NHL's all-time coaching wins list.

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