MONTREAL (NHL) - The line of Lars Eller, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher led the way offensively, and Carey Price made 22 saves to give the Montreal Canadiens their first victory of the season, 4-1 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Gallagher and Eller each had a goal and an assist, and Galchenyuk had two assists for the Canadiens, giving the youthful line five goals and seven assists in two games. The rest of the Canadiens have combined for two goals and five assists, including a goal and an assist each for captain Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque on Saturday.
Vincent Lecavalier, the local product who was booed all night by the 21,273 in attendance for choosing not to sign with the Canadiens as a free agent in July, scored his first goal with the Flyers on a power play at 9:13 of the third period to make it 3-1.
It was not enough for Philadelphia to avoid its second loss in two games, scoring once in each. The Flyers will quickly have another opportunity; they travel to Raleigh, N.C., to play the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon.
Free-agent acquisition Ray Emery made his first start in goal for the Flyers and kept them in the game, stopping 17 of 18 shots through two periods and finishing with 30 saves.
The Flyers' lack of discipline hurt them in this game, handing the Canadiens nine power plays, including two 5-on-3 opportunities. Montreal capitalized on the second of those two-man advantages when Gallagher scored off a nice feed in front from Galchenyuk at 5:00 of the third period to make it 3-0.
Philadelphia went 1-for-5 on the power play to run its season total to 2-for-12 in two games, meaning the Flyers have not scored in two games at even strength.
Montreal forward Daniel Briere played his first game against Philadelphia since the Flyers bought out his contract this summer but did not have one of his better games, taking two minor penalties and producing little offensively despite big minutes on the power play.
After Gionta opened the scoring at 8:10 of the first period on a nice feed from Bourque, the game settled into an exchange of power-play opportunities that went nowhere until the third period.
Eller scored his third goal of the season 12 seconds into the third, sweeping a sharp-angled shot past Emery after gathering a puck off a Gallagher shot that missed to net to put Montreal up 2-0.
Gallagher and Lecavalier then exchanged power-play goals, but Nick Grossman took a slashing penalty nine seconds after Lecavalier's goal to cut any momentum Philadelphia may have had.
Bourque scored his first of the season at 19:03 of the third period on a power play off a feed from Gionta to ice the game for the Canadiens, who embark on a four-game Western Canadian road trip starting Wednesday against the Calgary Flames.
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