Carey Price, who hangs here a shot from Claude Giroux, has been defiant in the face of the Flyers. Target of 41 shots, it has not given a single goal, a net marked by Joel Farabee at the end of the first period.
16 January 2020 22h33
Montreal 4/Philadelphia 1: the CH recovers its plumb
The canadian Press
PHILADELPHIA — many observers have criticized Claude Julien on Wednesday evening to have chosen Charlie Lindgren instead of Carey Price to face the Blackhawks in Chicago. Julien had been right or not, one thing is for sure : Price was at his best Thursday night.
Price, Phillip Danault and Ilya Kovalchuk have accomplished their missions as they are capable of, and they led the Montreal canadiens to a big win of 4-1 against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Twenty-four hours after a dismal performance in front of their supporters against a team that is no longer the power of old, the men of Claude Julien delivered a performance far more convincing.
Julien has also pointed out in a media scrum where he was in a much better mood than the day before.
“It was a big game tonight [Thursday] and for a number of reasons. First, it was the nearest team to us to come back in the portrait series. Secondly, especially after yesterday, it was important to have a response and be able to bounce back and this is what we did tonight. I have found that it has played a very good game, strong, intelligent. We have not played on your heels. It has been strong in all aspects of the game”, has analyzed the head coach of the Canadian.
This performance of the Habs is coming in a pregnant little hospital, especially since about two months. Since the 25th of November, the Flyers had a record of 9-2-0 at home, a sequence during which they had conceded just 20 goals to their rivals.
It must be said that the Canadian (21-21-7) continues to behave better on the rinks adverse, as evidenced by his record of 12-9-3.
“Now, it is necessary to bring this kind of games at home, was notified by Julien. We want to improve and show our supporters what we are capable of doing. We did better on the road than at home and it is something that must be absolutely correct.”
Thursday, the Flyers were led by 41 pucks on Price, who, as against the Ottawa Senators and the Calgary Flames over the last few days, has been intractable.
He did not give that to Joel Farabee with a little over a minute to play in the first period. Most importantly, it has made a key save in the beginning of the second period, while the Canadian of playing with the numerical advantage, stopping Scott Laughton on a breakaway.
In his last three outings, Price has played for a total of 183 minutes and three seconds, has received 114 shots and has conceded two goals. These statistics translate into an average goals allowed of 0.66 and an efficiency rate of ,982.
As for Danault, and Kovalchuk, they have brilliantly done what we can expect from them. Danault has been working like a bee all the evening, made beautiful passes and finished the game with three assists.
“Phil has responded well, too, pointed out Julien. Yesterday [Wednesday], it has not been a game at its height. What do you like as a coach, it is when the guys meet. The team has responded well, and Phillip has had a big game too.”
Kovalchuk scored two goals, his fifth and sixth of the season. His first of the evening occurred shortly after the landmark decision of Price, and has represented the net victorious. His second, scored with a spectacular shot came from the enclave, has put the game out of reach in the third period.
Tomas Tatar, in the first twenty, and Artturi Lehkonen, early in the second period, also beat Alex Lyon, who blocked 36 of 40 shots for the Habs. Tatar has also participated in the last two goals for the Habs.
The Canadian team will play its next meet Saturday night at the Bell Centre, in the face to Max Pacioretty, the new head coach, Peter DeBoer, and the Golden Knights Vegas.
This will be the last exit for the Habs before his mandatory break of one week, which will also coincide with the weekend of the all-Star game, in St. Louis.
The Canadian seemed to have much better legs than his rivals in the first half of the first period, and he had several good scoring chances. This was the case for Kovalchuk after a pass side the whole beauty of Danault, mid-way through the first twenty, and then Lehkonen, about four minutes in, a shot from the enclave.
It is, however, the Flyers have broken the deadlock when Farabee beat Price with a shot from the slot at 18:47.
This lead lasted only 18 seconds, when Tatar scored his 17th of the season, after receiving a beautiful pass to Danault.
The Canadian struck at the speed of lightning at the beginning of the second period, scoring twice in 11 seconds during the third minute of the commitment.
Kovalchuk has given the advance by jumping on a loose puck at the mouth of the net, after a shot from Shea Weber of the tip right, had struck Nick Cousins, posted in front of the net.
Lehkonen has been chained by diverting another great pass to Danault, after being mocked by defender Ivan Provorov.
The highlight of the third period was the brawl between Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Robert Hagg, who came to molest Ryan Poehling. Kotkaniemi is found in the dungeon during 17 minutes, including a punishment of two minutes as the instigator, but the Canadian has fired without a problem.