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Couturier scores in OT to lift Flyers to win against Canadiens

Goal 55 seconds in gives Philadelphia second victory in row; Price makes 40 saves for Montreal

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Couturier's overtime winner

MTL@PHI: Couturier nets snap shot for OT winner

Sean Couturier takes a pass from Travis Konecny and fires a snap shot that trickles past Carey Price to win the game for the Flyers in overtime

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PHILADELPHIA -- Sean Couturier scored 55 seconds into overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday.

Travis Konecny centered the puck to Couturier, whose wrist shot from the slot went between defenseman Victor Mete's skates and squeezed between goalie Carey Price's left arm and body before rolling across the goal line.

"I'm just trying to use the D-man as a screen," Couturier said. "Had a lot of room there, probably a bad gap there, [Konecny] using his speed to back off guys. Dishing it to me, I just tried to use the D as a screen, quick release, and surprise Price. He's a good goalie when he sees the puck. That's the way you have to beat him: surprise him."

 

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Philippe Myers and James van Riemsdyk scored, and Carter Hart made 22 saves for the Flyers (8-5-2), who have won two games in a row and have earned at least one point in four straight games (3-0-1), their longest streak of the season.

Defensemen Ben Chiarot and Shea Weber scored, and Price made 40 saves for the Canadiens (8-5-3), who are 4-1-1 in their past six games.

Video: Couturier, Rust, Tavares, and Wilson net OT winners.

"Wasn't a very good effort by us," Weber said. "Carey was definitely the only reason we were in this game tonight."

Weber tied the game 2-2 when he one-timed a pass from Jonathan Drouin at 4:05 of the third period.

Chiarot made it 2-1 when he skated through the slot and knocked the rebound of Nick Cousins' shot past Hart at 13:44 of the second.

Video: MTL@PHI: Chiarot snaps rebound past Hart from slot

Chiarot's goal came after the Canadiens had two shots on goal for the first 13:41 of the second period.

"Once Ben scored, it gave the team some life," Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher said. "We were just sloppy all night. Can't happen if you expect to win, especially in a tough building like this."

Van Riemsdyk put Philadelphia ahead 2-0 49 seconds into the second period. As a Flyers power play was expiring, Claude Giroux's shot from the right side was redirected by Jakub Voracek, but Price made the save and stopped Voracek's shot on the rebound. The puck bounced into the slot and over Canadiens forward Paul Byron's stick to van Riemsdyk.

The Flyers, who had the second-best power play at home in the NHL entering the game (34.5 percent), went 0-for-6. The Canadiens had the second-worst penalty kill (68.9 percent).

"It seemed like tonight we were having a hard time gaining the zone and getting entry and having clean set-ups," van Riemsdyk said. "It seemed like we were a little off in that respect."

Video: MTL@PHI: van Riemsdyk buries rebound from in front

Philadelphia was not called for a penalty.

Myers gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 13:51 of the first period with a shot from the right point that went through traffic.

 

They said it

"Definitely the penalty kill did a great job tonight. That's one positive tonight. That was good for our PK. Tough to get any momentum going when half of the bench is sitting there waiting for us to kill penalties the whole game." -- Canadiens captain Shea Weber

"I think we're starting to be a little more structured, guys are starting to play the right way, everyone's starting to push in the same direction. Still early, there's still a lot of work to do. I think we can still be better." -- Flyers forward Sean Couturier

Video: Couturier, Rust, Tavares, and Wilson net OT winners.

 

Need to know

Price tied his season high for saves, including one on a penalty shot by Carsen Twarynski at 13:17 of the third period. He made 40 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 3. ... Flyers defenseman Samuel Morin will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee, sustained during a conditioning assignment with Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday. Morin tore the ACL in his right knee in May 2018.

 

What's next

Canadiens: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CITY, SNE, TVAS, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Flyers: At the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SNO, SNW, SNP, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

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