No one likes to hear back news and no team likes to take on more injuries than they have to. But on a night when the Flyers heard that their captain was out for the remainder of the season, they responded with yet another win.
Make no mistake about it though. This win was unlike any other and may well have been their toughest yet.
"It was not an easy game tonight and the guys in the room deserve a tremendous amount of credit for the way that they played, the way that they competed and the way they fought for a win," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.
One guy in particular with a tougher task than normal was back-up goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who had not seen a full-game of action in over 18 days, making his last start in New York against the Rangers on Nov. 26.
Bobrovsky made 28 saves in total on the night, with a majority of them good scoring chances by the Canadiens, including a great kick save on Tomas Plekanec who was in all alone five minutes into the game.
'Bob' also made save after save during a full 1:41 two man-advantage that turned in a full two minutes after a cross checking penalty from Braydon Coburn.
Of course credit the outstanding play of the Flyers penalty killing unit for the work that they did. Not often does a team give up a power-play goal and still shine during the night, but the Flyers faced nearly 13 minutes of time shorthanded.
The PK unit came up big when it mattered the most. The first being the two-man advantage to end the first period and later another two-man down situation with time expiring in regulation.
The result was the Flyers' 4-3 win over the Canadiens and the seventh consecutive victory for the first time in nearly a decade.
The Flyers move to 12-3-1 on the road this season, giving them 25 points in road games. In terms of points, it ties them with the 1979-80 team for the best road record after 16 games in franchise history It’s the most road wins in 16 road games in franchise history.
The Flyers won their seventh consecutive game. It’s the longest winning streak the Flyers have strung together since an eight-game streak from Jan. 6-19, 2002.
Andrej Meszaros recorded his second game-winning-goal of the year. He has 11 goals since joining the Flyers and four of them have been game-winners. Over the course of his NHL career, nine of Meszaros’s 45 goals (20 percent) have been game-winning goals.
Wayne Simmons extended his career-high goal scoring streak to four consecutive games.
Scott Hartnell saw his goal-scoring (and subsequent point-scoring) streak come to an end at six games. The six-game goal-scoring streak is a career high for Hartnell, and the overall point streak was one short of his career high of seven games.
Kimmo Timonen played 26:36 tonight, 8:03 of which was in shorthanded situations.
Matt Carle gets tonight's first star for his three assist night to help the Flyers edge the Canadiens.
Carle help set up the final three goals for the Flyers, including the primary helper on Wayne Simmonds goal to make it 3-2 with under two minutes to go in the second period.
Tonight was his first three-point game since Jan. 7, 2010 (1G, 2A at PIT) and his first three-assist game since he posted four assists vs. Washington on October 6, 2009.
"He plays 26-27 minutes and there is no, one individual that we can find to replace him. In saying that we've been moving forward for a while now without Chris and recently without Claude. Those injuries have been tough to take and I think our team has responded very well." -Peter Laviolette
"We have great leaders on this team. Obviously Pronger is our captain and one of our great leaders, and we have other guys like Kimmo, Coburn, Hartnell and Jagr - those guys are awesome and they lead the way for us." - Wayne Simmonds
"Just simple hockey I guess. It's fun hockey. It's in your face, we're skating all the time; getting pucks deep; we're not trying to be fancy all the time and turning pucks over." - Scott Hartnell
Tonight's turning point came at the very end of regulation.
Having fought back from being down on three separate occasions, Canadiens fans had to figure another goal was coming.
And with the Habs going on the power play with 2:30 remaining in the game and an opportunity to pull the goaltender to get a two-man advantage, they almost expected to force overtime on the Flyers.
Thanks to the penalty killing unit of the Orange & Black - they did not. Behind Sergei Bobrovsky, the Flyers kept Canadiens at bay and walked away from Montreal with a full two points.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Sean Couturier holds off Mathieu Darche while Bobrovsky is on the ice.
Flyers 4, Canadiens 3 Associated Press
MONTREAL (AP) - Andrei Meszaros scored 8:08 into the third, Mathieu Carle had three assists and the Philadelphia Flyers extended their winning streak to seven with a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Maxime Talbot, Harry Zolnierczyk and Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Flyers in the victory tempered by news that captain Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs because of severe post-concussion syndrome.