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POSTGAME 5: Flyers edged by Habs

Canadiens use third period power play goal to take two points

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Brendan Gallagher deflected home a power play goal with 6:52 left in the third period to lift Montreal to an eventual 3-1 win over the Flyers.

After a scoreless first period, Shea Weber put the Canadiens on the board first when his slapshot broke Brayden Schenn's stick in two and then slid past Steve Mason 5:28 into the second frame.

The Flyers answered a little over six minutes later on Jake Voracek's deflection of a Claude Giroux slapshot from the point, which tied things at 1-1 through the second intermission. Mason was excellent in defeat, stopping 30 of 32 shots he faced, while Carey Price had several outstanding saves among his 31.

2. THE TURNING POINT
Through a tight first two periods and a closely contested third period, it was four seconds into a single power play that made the difference. The game-winner came off the stick of Alexander Radulov when he took a slapshot from the right point set up by Shea Weber and deflected by Brendan Gallagher over Mason's shoulder to make it 2-1.

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Alexander Radulov: Factored into all three goals with an empty-net goal and two assists to go along with a +2 rating.

2 - Shea Weber: Kicked off the scoring with Montreal's first goal of the night and added the secondary assist on the game winner. He also logged over 26 minutes of ice time (26:07).

3 - Carey Price: Backstopped the Habs with 31 saves on the night, including all 14 shots thrown his way in the third period.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* Steve Mason suffered his first career loss to the Canadiens - he is now 4-1-0 lifetime.

* Brandon Manning posted an assist on the night, he now has five points (1g-4a) through the first six games of the season - He came into this season with a combined 12 points (1g-11a) in 77 games.

* Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds both saw four-game goal-scoring streaks come to an end.
 
* The Flyers were credited with 39 hits, the most they've had in a game since they had 41 in a home game vs. Montreal on Jan. 5, 2016. Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and Nick Schultz were credited with five apiece.
 
* Defenseman Radko Gudas served his sixth and final game of his suspension and is eligible to play in Tuesday's game vs. Buffalo.

5. THEY SAID IT
"I think it was a close game overall. Both teams had chances to go ahead. Unfortunately they were able to capitalize on a couple bounces there. That's the ebbs and flows of the game. They found a way to win and we didn't, so we obviously need to be a little bit better there to get the two points."
- Steve Mason

"Overall we played a pretty good game. Certainly we can do better, obviously not coming out with the points. We've got to turn the page real quick and get ready to go for a home game tomorrow night some 19 to 20 hours from now."
- Dave Hakstol

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