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POSTGAME 5: Not enough time

Flyers fall short of another comeback, fall in Montreal, 5-4

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

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Claude Giroux on the 5-4 loss at Montreal

Claude Giroux on the 5-4 loss at Montreal

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1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
A third straight comeback was not to be as the Flyers fell short in Montreal, 5-4, which ended a three-game winning streak. The Canadiens opened the scoring a minute into the game on a tally by Andrei Markov, which the Flyers countered with goals from Chris VandeVelde and Shayne Gostisbehere nearly four minutes apart to give them a 2-1 lead.

The Habs tied it up 39 seconds later on a goal by Greg Pateryn and Alex Galchenyuk gave Montreal a 3-2 lead with just 1:22 remaining in the second. Phillip Danault kicked off the third period to make it 4-2 and Claude Giroux pulled the Flyers within one at 9:16 with a power play goal.

Thomas Plekanec's shorthanded goal made it a two-score deficit again. Travis Konecny picked up another power play goal with 3:44 to play, but the Flyers couldn't get anything else past Carey Price. Michal Neuvirth stopped 12 of 17, while Price turned away 34 of 38.

2. THE TURNING POINT

A shorthanded goal by Tomas Plekanec near the midway point of the third period gave the Canadiens a 5-3 lead, which ended up being too much for the Flyers to overcome and give the Habs a 5-4 win. The goal came off a clearing attempt that wrapped around the boards and lost speed near center ice for Plekanec to catch up and eventually beat Neuvirth.
 
3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Phillip Danault: Recorded a goal, the first one scored in the third period, to give the Canadiens a two-goal cushion.

2 - Andrei Markov: Had a goal and an assist while recording a +1 rating and logging over 20 minutes of ice time.

3 - Claude Giroux: Recorded a goal for third time in his last five outings and logged over 22 minutes of ice time (22:17).

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* With his two assists in tonight's game, Jakub Voracek now averages over a point per-game against the Canadiens in his career… He has three points (1g-2a) in two games this season and overall 22 points (7g-15a) in 21 games against the Habs.

* With his goal and assist, Shayne Gostisbehere also averages over a point per game against the Canadiens, recording six points (2g-4a) in five games.

* The Flyers outshot Montreal 38-27, including 29-9 over the final two periods. They've had 38 or more shots in three straight games and four of their last five. The Flyers have outshot their opponent a total of 263 to 175 in the last seven games, or an average of 37.6 shots for per game to 25.0 against in that stretch.
 
* Seventeen of the Flyers' 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal. They had 70 shot attempts to Montreal's 45.
 
* Michael Del Zotto played 17:34 in his season debut. He had an assist and was credited with a team high seven hits.
 
5. THEY SAID IT
"I think we played very good. It's hard when we lose a game that we can say that, but we did a lot of good things. I think the two games we played here we had a chance to win, but we couldn't get it done. They're a good team. When they have a chance, they put it in. And Price again is pretty good. If we keep playing like we played tonight, we're going to win a lot of hockey games."
- Claude Giroux

"The fourth and fifth are tough ones for our team to give up. We played a pretty good hockey game. Their guy in net played pretty darn well, and we just couldn't seem to get on the right side of this thing in the second and third periods even though our effort was pretty good."
- Dave Hakstol

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