The Flyers tallied just one goal on the night, but if you were just looking at the stat sheet that doesn’t tell you the whole story.
The Flyers out-shot the Canadiens 7-3 late in the first period and fired a total of 18 shots through the first two periods, with many of them quality scoring chances.
All but one found it’s way through Habs’ netminder Carey Price.
The Flyers had two good scoring chances on their first power play to start the second period.
Wayne Simmonds tipped a puck inches wide at the goal mouth after a beautiful pass by Claude Giroux, while on the same power play James van Riemsdyk had a clear shot and seemed to beat a cheating Carey Price with a deke, but couldn’t reach far enough back to tuck in past him.
Giroux himself was robbed on the doorstep by Price off a nice shovel pass from Matt Carle just moments before Montreal made it 3-1 with 6 minutes left in the second frame.
The third period looked to be a turning in favor of the Flyers early on as van Riemsdyk got behind the Canadiens defense and had a breakaway in the opening minute, but Price was up to the task and fought the shot off to the glove side.
The Flyers will get a chance to put the loss right behind them as they return home to the Wells Fargo Center the next day to take on the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. ET.
* Tonight’s five goals were the most scored by Montreal against the Flyers since a 5-2 loss at the Bell Centre on Dec. 18, 2008, a span of nine games.
* The Flyers were outshot tonight for only the second time in nine games this season. Their 22 shots were a season-low.
* Wayne Simmonds had five of his shots blocked tonight by Montreal henchmen.
* Matt Read recorded nine shots toward the net tonight – four on goal, one that was blocked and four that missed.
“The first five minutes of that second they jumped on us, then coach [Laviolette] called a timeout, but that didn’t change anything.” -Jaromir Jagr
“Those first couple of minutes they stepped up and played bigtime. We just kind of sat back and were on our heels instead of being on our toes. It was just really frustrating. You can kind of sense it, you can feel the crowd was feeling it as well. We have to try and manage that and change it around.” - Scott Hartnell
Undeniably it’s the Canadiens goal with 2.6 seconds left in the first period to tie the game up at 1-1 that’s tonight’s turning point.
The power-play goal switched the momentum as the Habs came storming out in the second period to control the action and post another two goals to take a 3-1 lead into the dressing room.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Danny Briere falls just short of getting a rebound past Carey Price.
Canadiens 5, Flyers 1 Associated Press
MONTREAL (AP) - Carey Price made 21 saves for his 100th win and Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist and the Montreal Canadiens ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
Pacioretty assisted on Andrei Kostitsyn's goal 10:26 into the second and scored 2:12 later to make it 3-1. He added his second goal of the game in the third.
Yannick Weber scored a power-play goal late in the first period to tie it at 1. Michael Cammalleri also scored for Montreal, which got its first win in six games at the Bell Centre (1-3-2).
The Canadiens, who are 2-5-2 overall, had not gone this deep into a season before claiming their second win since 1941-42, when they got off to a 1-10-1 start.