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POSTGAME 5: Couturie-yay!

Flyers keep firing on Price, earn 3-2 overtime win over Canadiens to end homestand

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Philadelphia Flyers wrapped up a three-game homestand with a 3-2 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night. A Sean Couturier goal that dribbled through under Carey Price's arm after using defenseman Ben Chariot as a screen ended the game at 55-seconds of OT.

The ice was tilted for most of the first two periods, but the Flyers saw a 2-0 lead slip away. Phenomenal Montreal goaltending by Carey Price (40 saves on 42 shots in regulation), an 0-for-6 night on the power play and a failed Carsen Twarynski penalty shot enabled the Habs to hang around and steal a regulation point they didn't deserve.

Phil Myers and James van Riemsdyk scored in regulation, while Ben Chiarot and Shea Weber answered for Montreal. Carter Hart stopped 22 of 24 shots to earn the win.

Three Stars:
1st: Carey Price (40 saves)
2nd: Sean Couturier (1g-OT game-winner)
3rd: Philippe Myers (1g)

TURNING POINT
Any number of Price's saves when the Flyers were on the brink of putting the game away could qualify. But a Montreal 3-on-2 rush that resulted in a Ben Chiarot goal started the Habs on the road to stealing to ultimately stealing a point before Couturier claimed the game in OT.Video: MTL@PHI: Couturier nets snap shot for OT winner

MELTZER'S TAKE
* As has often been the case, the Sean Couturier line was the Flyers best early in the game, creating the team's first extended offensive zone puck possession and their first two scoring chances... Montreal continued to have issues dealing with the Flyers forecheck. The Flyers also generated some clean breakouts and got their first power play of the game after carrying the puck into the offensive zone with possession. 

* Shots at 5-on-5 were 17-12, with the Flyers posting a 56.86 corsi for percentage (29 shot attempts for, 22 against) and a 51.87 expected goals-for percentage after the first period... Through 40 minutes, the Flyers had a 27-19 shot edge at 5-on-5, a 57.33 Corsi for percentage (43 shot attempts to 32) and a 60.88 expected goals-for percentage -- but only a 2-1 lead to show for it.

* Moments after the Flyers' first power play expired, they attacked relentlessly in a scramble around the net. Finally, at the 48-second mark, JVR potted one for a 2-0 lead... The ice quickly went back to being heavily tilted in the Flyers' favor. Philly bombarded Price with rubber, and the Montreal goalie almost singlehandedly kept the game within reach. Video: MTL@PHI: van Riemsdyk buries rebound from in front

* Suddenly, after one shift spent in the Flyers' zone, the Habs then generated a 3-on-2 rush with speed through the neutral zone on the next one. With Voracek (who initially missed a poke-check attempt on Phillip Danault in the neutral zone) unable to get back into the play in time, a pinching Chiarot beat Hayes to a Nick Cousins rebound in the slot and made it a 2-1 game. 

* A bit of a puck misplay behind the net by Hart resulted in Ivan Provorov being pressured in a turnover on a clearing attempt. Weber then fired a shot into the net to tie the game at 2-2... The Flyers had their 5th and 6th power play opportunities go by the wayside after starting to retake 5-on-5 control. Carsen Twarynski then had a penalty shot opportunity on Price after being fouled by Weber on a breakaway. Twarynski went straight in and was stopped on a mid-slot snap shot by a blocker save.

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* Dating back to last season, the Flyers have won six of their last seven games that were decided in overtime.

* The Flyers finished their three-game homestand earning points in each game, going 2-0-1... They also improved their home record to 6-1-1, which is their best start at home since 2007-08 (7-0-1).Video: MTL@PHI: Hart shuts down Lehkonen from the doorstep

* Sean Couturier's goal extended his point streak to five straight games with six points (3g-3a)... He also has three goals in his last four games.

* Claude Giroux recorded points in all three games during the homestand (2g-3a)... Philippe Myers recorded his first goal of the season... Kevin Hayes led all players in the game with six shots on goal in 14:48 of ice time.

* The Flyers get back on the road with a back-to-back set in Toronto (Saturday, 7 p.m. on NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic) and in Boston (Sunday, 7 p.m. on NBCSP & 93.3 WMMR).

THEY SAID IT
Video: Hear from Flyers coach following win over MTLVideo: Hear from Myers, Niskanen and Hart following win

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