The Canadian avoids elimination

The Canadian avoids elimination

Carey Price made 26 saves against the Flyers on Wednesday.

Share August 19, 2020 Updated August 20, 2020 at 12:04 am Share The Canadian avoids elimination Alexis Bélanger-Champagne The Canadian Press Stung in the last game, Brendan Gallagher was the leader of the Canadian on Wednesday night and training Montrealer has extended her stay in the Toronto NHL bubble.

Nick Suzuki hit the target just 22 seconds after the Philadelphia Flyers tied the halfway point in the third period and the Habs avoided elimination by winning Game 5 of their Association quarterfinal series. East by 5-3 on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena.

The Flyers lead the series 3-2. Game 6 will be presented Friday at 7 p.m.

Suzuki took advantage of a Jonathan Drouin throw from the back of the net and was patient in front of goaltender Carter Hart, who compromised. Suzuki was finally able to shoot into an open net.

Carey Price took care of the rest, making 26 saves. Phillip Danault added a goal in an empty net with 17.7 seconds to go.

Joel Armia scored twice and Gallagher scored his first goal of the recovery for the Habs. Drouin and Brett Kulak each collected two assists.

“We didn't let the Flyers gain momentum,” said Canadiens interim head coach Kirk Muller. We responded well whenever we were in trouble. ”

Gallagher loses a tooth

The Canadian avoids elimination

Brendan Gallagher lost a tooth when he suffered a double-check to the face, courtesy of Matt Niskanen in the third period. The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette

Gallagher was the star of the meeting for the Habs. He knocked on the door with a dangerous shot after 10 seconds of play then knocked down defenseman Ivan Provorov near the Flyers' net.

He then continued to annoy the Flyers players throughout the evening. And although he lost a tooth taking a double-check to the face, courtesy of Matt Niskanen in the third period, he was out on the ice defending the one-goal lead in the last minute of play.

Gallagher was however limited to four appearances on the ice in the third period Tuesday, while Muller preferred to turn to other options.

“We've seen the 'Gally' we love and all he can offer this team,” said Muller. He's been in the trenches and brought the guys with him to the war. He is a proud competitor and he works hard for every goal. He had an exceptional match tonight. ”

Jakub Voracek was the Flyers' most productive player, scoring two goals and an assist. Joel Farabee also scored a goal. Hart, who shut out the Canadiens in the last two games, turned back 28 shots.

“Allowing a goal immediately after we tied it hurt us, but we're going to turn the page and get ready for the next game,” said Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault.

“We've seen the 'Gally' we love and all he can offer this team. He was in the trenches and brought the guys with him to war ”- Acting Canadiens head coach Kirk Muller

The Canadian ended the game with just 11 forwards on the bench. Jesperi Kotkaniemi was ejected from the game after 1:45 of play in the second half for giving defenseman Travis Sanheim some slack.

Muller replaced forward Alex Belzile in his lineup with Charles Hudon, who was on his first outing since the NHL relaunch.

Spectacular play

The Canadian came out of the blocks energetically and attacked Hart's net twice in the first 90 seconds of play.

Even though Ben Chiarot was punished for obstruction against the goaltender, it didn't dampen the Canadiens' momentum. Armia opened the scoring after 2:53 of play, taking advantage of a favorable jump from the board on creative play from Xavier Ouellet.

This goal ended a shortage of 132 minutes and 18 seconds for the Canadian without hitting the target.

Kevin Hayes was the Flyers' most threatening forward in the first period, but he ran into Price four times, including once in a shorthanded breakaway.

The second half was very busy. It all started when Kotkaniemi was kicked out. Voracek scored twice during the major penalty.

On his first goal, his shot deflected off Chiarot's stick before deceiving Price's vigilance. On his second, his throw to Couturier deflected onto Chiarot's left skate before crossing the goal line.

Armia however revived the Canadian at 10:12. He surprised Hart from a narrow angle.

The Habs then took advantage of a power play to regain the lead at 11:30. Gallagher finally got the ropes moving by hitting a Suzuki handover.

Goal denied

Maybe it was the swing of the pendulum for Suzuki, who taunted Hart by slapping him on the head after Armia's second goal, but he was denied a goal with 5:26 left in the game. second twenty. The recoveries showed that Drouin was in an offside position when entering the zone.

Hart's night appeared to be over, but Vigneault changed his mind following the referees' decision to cancel the goal.

The Flyers continued to hurt the Canadiens on the power play. Farabee tied 3-3 with 9:23 left in the third period, while Jeff Petry was in the dungeon.

However, Suzuki quickly came back and the Canadian was able to close the books.



Carey Price praised Brendan Gallagher:

“He's one of the biggest hearted players I've ever played. He always gives 100%. He had a strong game tonight. ”

Jonathan Drouin agreed that Gallagher set the tone from the first streak of the match:

“And everyone followed. (Gallagher) works hard every night. He was rewarded with a goal on a nice pass from Nick (Suzuki) on the power play. It gave him wings. ”

Nick Suzuki apologized for the pat on the head he gave Carter Hart after Joel Armia's second goal:

“I was excited by the goal and acted without thinking. When I saw the cover, I thought to myself that I shouldn't have done this. I didn't want to show bad sportsmanship. ”

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