From the looks of things, the Flyers were headed for an ugly loss after one period of play.
If it were not for the play of Sergei Bobrovsky they would have surely been down more than the 1-0 score after 20 minutes of play.
“We played very badly the first period,” said Jakub Voracek. “We played very bad defensively, we had a poor forecheck and we were down one-nothing."
However the Flyers used the first intermission to change and it took the Flyers penalty killing unit to make that change.
You don’t typically see a player skating circles around an entire team while shorthanded, but Flyers center Max Talbot did just that.
With the Canadiens up a man and pressing for two-goal lead, Talbot and the Flyers pk unit played keep-away with the puck to drain most of the time off the Habs power-play clock.
As a result, the Flyers ended up draining all of the momentum on the side of the Canadiens as Claude Giroux scored his 12th goal of the season shortly afterwards to tie the game up.
Giroux would also play a role in the game-winning-goal scored later in the period by Voracek, and would add another goal with six seconds remaining for insurance.
"I think the players deserve the credit because they went out and played a real sharp second period,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “We were first to a lot of pucks and aggressive on the forecheck. We played a really terrific second period. Ultimately, it is the players that go out and do that. We just talked about what we needed to do."
- Tonight’s attendance of 19,991 is the second largest regular season crowd in Flyers history, coming up one short of the record of 19,992 set on Feb. 21, 2009 when the Flyers hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Claude Giroux had five shots on goal tonight and another five that didn’t reach the goal – four that were blocked and one that missed. He was credited with four takeaways and was 9-for-13 (69 percent) on faceoffs.
- Giroux and Jakub Voracek both had two-point nights and were plus-3.
Claude Giroux gets today’s star of the game with his two-goal effort against the Canadiens.
Giroux jump-started the Flyers in the second period with his goal at the 13:11 mark to tie the game up at 1-1.
From that point on the Flyers kept pushing and although he didn’t get credit with an assist on the play, Giroux was the primary reason Jakub Voracek tallied what turned out to be the game-winning-goal, by side-stepping two of the Habs defenders and keep the puck in the Flyers possession.
Giroux added the third Flyers goal, his second of the night with six seconds remaining on a side angle shot that hit just inside the left post.
"I could've had like 5 today. You know, I had so many scoring chances, but it's a good feeling, to finally get one in again and help the team to win. It's a huge win for us and we're back to the game tomorrow and that's gonna be a big game and we have to play the same way we did in the second period.” - Jakub Voracek
"I think guys weren’t ready and weren’t focused. I don’t know what was the case but I think at home we haven’t played as well as we wanted since the start of the season and obviously after the second and third we kind of played the way we should have. We kind of took control of the game in the second period.” - Claude Giroux
Max Talbot and the Flyers penalty-killing unit are the two greatest factors in today’s turning point in the Flyers victory over the Canadiens.
After a lack-luster first period, the Flyers came out with much more jump in their legs, and they needed them.
A goaltender interference penalty on Harry Zolnierczyk led to not one but two scoring chances by the pk unit. Sean Couturier broke in all alone on Carey Price and 20 seconds later Max Talbot had a mini-break. Although the team didn’t capitalize the kill was successful and Giroux scored quickly after to turn the tide of the game.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Claude Giroux meets with the media following the Flyers' 3-1 win over Montreal.
Flyers 3, Canadiens 1 Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia's Claude Giroux is proving he is one of the elite players in the league.
Giroux had two goals Friday, backup Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1.
"This year he's really spread his wings," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "He's consistently one of the top forwards in the game."