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POSTGAME 5: Groundhog's Day

Flyers continue dominance of Canadiens on home ice in 3-1 win

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Matt Read fired the game-winning goal over Carey Price's shoulder, Sean Courturier had a goal and an assist, while Michal Neuvirth stopped 15 of 16 shots as the Flyers earned a 3-1 win over the Canadiens.Video: MTL@PHI: Read nets sizzling top-shelf slapper

The recently acquired Nikita Nesterov potted his first as a Hab to give Montreal a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period, despite the Flyers doubling up the Canadiens in shots, 10-5. The Flyers evened things up with 2:10 left in the second period as Claude Giroux fired a shot through a screen set up by Wayne Simmonds and past Price on the power play to knot the scored at 1-1 heading in the third.

Couturier added an empty-netter as the Flyers shut down the Habs in the second and third period to improve their record to 10-0-1 against the Canadiens in their last 11 games at the Wells Fargo Center.

2. TURNING POINT
Tonight's game turned on a key save by Michal Neuvirth on Paul Byron at the 13-minute mark of the third period. Having just scored at the end of the second period and taking a 2-1 lead into the third, Neuvirth's save on the give-and-go kept the Flyers lead in tact and kept the Habs pushing, but an eventual empty-netter sealed it for the Flyers. Video: MTL@PHI: Neuvirth stones Byron's tip-in attempt

3. THREE STARS

1 - Matt Read: Scored the game-winning goal off a 3-on-2 rush in the second period and finished the night a +2.  

2 - Claude Giroux: On Captain's Night, the Flyers leader scored the first goal to draw the team even. 

3 - Nikita Nesterov: Scored his first goal in his second game since joining the Canadiens and was a +1. 

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers improved to 11-2-1 at home in their last 14 games, including 4-1-0 in their last five.

* The Flyers allowed just one power-play opportunity tonight, marking the eighth time this season they have kept the opponent to just one man advantage.

* The Flyers allowed just 16 shots to the Canadiens, a season low for their opponent. It's the fewest they've allowed in a game since allowing 14 in a 3-1 win at Washington on Feb. 8, 2015, and the fewest they've allowed at home since allowing 15 to Tampa Bay in a 5-3 loss on March 26, 2012.

* Ivan Provorov played 24:43, which was more than four minutes more than any other Flyer. He had three shots, seven total shot attempts, three hits and a blocked shot.
 
* The Flyers outhit Montreal 34-19. Radko Gudas and Michael Raffl had five hits apiece.

* The Flyers have scored a power-play goal in three of their last four games, going 1-for-3 tonight and 3-for-12 in their last four games.

5. THEY SAID ITVideo: The Flyers discuss their 3-1 win over Montreal
"That was a complete 60 minutes effort. We played really good, that's a pretty good team over there. But we didn't give them much. It felt like we were playing playoff hockey. We played great defensively and waited for our chances."
- Michal Neuvirth

"Yeah I'm comfortable with our team in the first period. If you had probably asked that question November 1st I think that was a big topic of discussion for us but we've been fine in first periods but I thought a lot of times you set a tone the first shift and our first shift was a good one. There was a little physicality to it, I think that carried through to everybody's first shift." 
- Dave HakstolVideo: Dave Hakstol Postgame Press Conference

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