Flyers 2 / Canadian 1: Carter has the best on Carey
Goalkeeper Carey Price was the star of the night for the Habs.
Share August 12, 2020 Updated August 13, 2020 at 12:24 am Share Flyers 2 / Canadian 1: Carter has the best on Carey Alexis Bélanger-Champagne The Canadian Press The leeway is always slim in sport, and it's even more true in the playoffs.
Joel Farabee hit the target 16 seconds after the Canadiens tied the game in the second period and the Philadelphia Flyers won game one of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Montreal team by the 2-1 mark Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena.
Both teams provided plenty of scoring opportunities, but both goalies were the stars of the night.
Carter Hart made 27 saves in front of the Flyers' net, including a difficult one in front of Phillip Danault with the right pad late in the game. At the other end of the ice, Carey Price turned away 29 shots.
“Honestly, we hit the post at the end. If we score, we go into overtime, noted Canadiens head coach Claude Julien. If you look at the shots and the chances to score … In the first half we were looking for our benchmarks, but when we started playing it was a bit of luck here and there that made the difference. They managed to score one more goal than us. ”
The Flyers were the most opportunistic. Ivan Provorov also moved the strings in the first half.
Shea Weber responded by the Canadian, who played fiercely, especially from the second period.
“In the second period, the Canadian used his speed and made us look bad on several occasions,” admitted Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault. We were able to come back quickly after their goal and regain the lead.
“I think it was the type of game everyone expected. It was a hotly contested game for both sides. ”
Both teams scored their first power-play goal since the start of the NHL's restart. The Flyers were shut out on 11 occasions in three games and the Canadian on 12 occasions spread over four games.
In the camp of the Canadian, Joel Armia did not make a presence on the ice during the second half of the last third.
Game 2 will be presented on Friday at 3 p.m.
The Flyers took eight of the first nine shots on goal and took the lead after 8:54 of play on the power play.
Provorov beat Price on a receiving shot, which deflected on Paul Byron's stick before deceiving his vigilance.
The game was really lively after the first intermission and the Habs had good times.
Artturi Lehkonen knocked on the door a few times, but ran into Hart. Lehkonen also caused his own misfortune, losing his balance in a two-man attack on the keeper.
At the other end of the ice, Price was lucky when Claude Giroux hit the post.
Price also made one of the most spectacular saves of his career, stretching his stick to frustrate Scott Laughton, who thought he could shoot into an open net. On the streak, Price also saved the skin of Suzuki, who had launched in front of the net in the hope of coming to the rescue of his goalkeeper.
The Canadian finally converted his good intentions into a goal after 14:38 of play, on the power play. Hart was unable to subdue a shot on Weber's reception. The puck then returned to the Habs captain, who was able to shoot towards a gaping cage.
The Flyers responded, however, 16 seconds later. Farabee deflected a Travis Sanheim shot and took advantage of the comeback to put the Flyers back in front.
Price kept his guys in the game early in the third period, when the Flyers found themselves on the power play – including 1:15 four-on-three.
The Flyers then managed to stifle the Canadiens' offense, which was limited to six shots in the third period. Nick Suzuki also saw his attempt hit the horizontal bar with less than 30 seconds to go.
Shea Weber noted that the Canadiens haven't had the best of early days:
“Maybe we were a little rusty because we hadn't played for a few days. But we got better as the game progressed. We have shown that we can compete with them. It's a seven-game series. It was tight tonight. It should be a good series. ”
Nick Suzuki was happy that Carey Price made the miraculous save in front of Scott Laughton in the second period:
“I wasn't sure what the puck hit because I turned my head at the last moment. I was hoping to block the shot, but Carey was amazing. He saved my head, there's no doubt about it. “
Phillip Danault believes the Canadian will have to dig even deeper into his reserves to beat the Flyers:
“They have four dangerous lines. We also need to tap into our depth. Everyone will have to raise their level of play. We will need everyone's energy. ”