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POSTGAME 5: Flyers edged by Habs

Canadiens use third period power play goal to take two points

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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.

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.


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.

* 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.

"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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