Flyers 7, Canadiens 3

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

MONTREAL (AP) - Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien wants to remind his team that the season isn't over just because a playoff spot has already been clinched.

Therrien was angry after the Canadiens lost by four goals for a second straight game - this time 7-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.

Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens (26-11-5), who were coming off a 5-1 loss in Toronto on Saturday. They have had two lopsided losses since clinching a playoff spot on Thursday.

"Since we clinched, our intensity and concentration level, our attention to detail and our work ethic, have fallen a lot," Therrien said after the loss that helped the struggling Flyers end a four-game losing streak. "You see the results.

"It's a game of pride. You have to come to the rink ready to play. That's what we were not doing the last two games. There's no work ethic there right now. It's disappointing."

Scott Hartnell scored three goals, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists, and Wayne Simmonds and Erik Gustafsson also scored for the Flyers (18-21-3), who matched their season high for goals as they try to make a late push for a playoff spot.

Philadelphia is in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, four places and seven points behind the New York Rangers and the postseason cutoff. The Flyers have six games remaining, starting with a home matchup with the Rangers on Tuesday.

The Flyers outshot Montreal 33-28 in a sloppy game that had the 21,273 at the Bell Centre booing the Canadiens.

Price was pulled for a second game in a row in favor of Peter Budaj. Price left at the end of the second period after allowing six goals on 29 shots.

"Carey Price obviously didn't have his best night," said Hartnell, whose team scored only three goals in its previous four games. "We had traffic in front, we were making plays, we were moving our feet in the offensive zone.

"We weren't standing still with the puck. It's lot more fun to play games like that instead of 0-0."

The Canadiens are in danger of losing three in a row for the first time this season when they play at first-place Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

"We always bounced back all season," said defenseman Francis Bouillon, who was minus-3 on Monday. "We've got a lot of character in this room.

"It would be nice to win a few games. We're not focusing on the playoffs now, but it's important for us to play some good hockey before the playoffs."

They could be without Ryan White for a while. White was ejected in the first period for a direct hit to the head of defenseman Kent Huskins, when the Canadiens were trailing 2-0 just 6:11 in. The Flyers said Huskins had a concussion, and he didn't return to the game.

White launched himself at Huskins, but missed his body and caught him on the jaw. Already in trouble with Therrien earlier in the season for taking ill-timed penalties, White's future with Montreal now looks in doubt.

Price, pulled in Toronto on Saturday after allowing three goals on four shots, gave up two goals on five Philadelphia shots before settling down. The Flyers outshot Montreal 17-8 in the first period.

"It isn't easy to play every game at the same level," Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov said. "Other players can make a mistake, and your partner can cover you. We support him."

Simmonds broke down right wing and fired a shot that was stopped by Price, but the rebound hit rookie Montreal defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and went in at 2:45.

Gustafsson's wrist shot from the point went through several bodies in front and trickled between Price's pads at 5:49.

Consecutive cross-checking calls on the Flyers' Oliver Lauridsen allowed the Canadiens to tie it as Pacioretty tipped in Tomas Plekanec's pass in the slot at 19:02. Gallagher scored from in front 38 seconds into the second.

Only 24 seconds later, Josh Gorges overskated a puck behind his net, and Claude Giroux pounced and fed Voracek as the Flyers took a 3-2 lead. Voracek's 18th goal tied a career high set last season.

Hartnell scored from the slot on a power play at 7:30, but Galchenyuk fought off a check to score at 9:11. Giroux put one in off Andrei Markov's stick at 10:46 for a 5-3 Philadelphia lead.

Hartnell snapped a shot past Budaj from the top of the left circle 12:45 into the third.

NOTES: A moment of silence was held for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. ... Montreal rested banged-up forward Brandon Prust. White took his place in the lineup.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:45PHI Sean Couturier (4) ASST: Wayne Simmonds (14), Luke Schenn (7) 1 - 0 PHI
05:49PHI Erik Gustafsson (2) ASST: NONE 2 - 0 PHI
19:02MTL PPG - Max Pacioretty (12) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (17), P.K. Subban (24) 2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
00:38MTL PPG - Brendan Gallagher (13) ASST: Max Pacioretty (22), P.K. Subban (25) 2 - 2 Tie
01:02PHI Jakub Voracek (18) ASST: Claude Giroux (28), Simon Gagne (10) 3 - 2 PHI
07:30PHI PPG - Scott Hartnell (5) ASST: Claude Giroux (29), Kimmo Timonen (22) 4 - 2 PHI
09:11MTL Alex Galchenyuk (7) ASST: Davis Drewiske (4), Lars Eller (16) 4 - 3 PHI
10:46PHI Claude Giroux (13) ASST: Jakub Voracek (23), Kimmo Timonen (23) 5 - 3 PHI
19:27PHI PPG - Scott Hartnell (6) ASST: Jakub Voracek (24), Wayne Simmonds (15) 6 - 3 PHI
3rd Period
12:45PHI Scott Hartnell (7) ASST: Brayden Schenn (16), Daniel Briere (9) 7 - 3 PHI
Three Stars of the Game
Scott Hartnell
Scott Hartnell
G: 3Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 13:07
Claude Giroux
Claude Giroux
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:06
Brendan Gallagher
Brendan Gallagher
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 15:32
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:11MTL Ryan White  Fighting (maj) against  Kurtis Foster
06:11MTL Ryan White  Match penalty against  Kent Huskins
06:11PHI Kurtis Foster  Misconduct (10 min)
06:11PHI Kurtis Foster  Misconduct (10 min)
06:11PHI Kurtis Foster  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan White
06:11PHI Kurtis Foster  Instigator - face shield against  Ryan White
06:11PHI Kurtis Foster  Instigator against  Ryan White
12:30PHI Jay Rosehill  Boarding against  Brendan Gallagher
17:26PHI Oliver Lauridsen  Cross checking against  Brendan Gallagher
19:23PHI Oliver Lauridsen  Cross checking against  Lars Eller
2nd Period
04:44PHI Sean Couturier  Slashing against  Rene Bourque
07:08MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Too many men/ice - bench
11:25PHI Sean Couturier  Cross checking against  Brendan Gallagher
18:30MTL Alex Galchenyuk  Boarding against  Ruslan Fedotenko
3rd Period
00:46MTL David Desharnais  Hi-sticking against  Simon Gagne
06:38MTL Tomas Plekanec  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
06:38PHI Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Tomas Plekanec
06:38MTL Tomas Plekanec  Cross checking against  Daniel Briere
10:18PHI Jay Rosehill  Roughing against  Max Pacioretty
10:18PHI Jay Rosehill  Roughing against  Max Pacioretty
10:18PHI Jay Rosehill  Misconduct (10 min)
10:18MTL Max Pacioretty  Roughing against  Jay Rosehill
14:49MTL P.K. Subban  Interference against  Sean Couturier
20:00MTL Lars Eller  Slashing (maj) against  Erik Gustafsson
20:00MTL Lars Eller  Game misconduct
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/62/6
Faceoff Wins3425
Blocked Shots187
Penalty Minutes4544
3K. FosterD00001912:28
10B. SchennC0110016:47
12S. GagneL0132013:05
14S. CouturierC1013416:06
17W. SimmondsR0212016:11
18A. HallR00-12014:50
19S. HartnellL3013213:07
22L. SchennD0113032:51
23K. HuskinsD000002:18
24M. ReadR0011014:57
26R. FedotenkoL00-13016:45
28C. GirouxC1233017:06
29E. GustafssonD1031024:35
37J. RosehillL00-10165:06
38O. LauridsenD0020413:16
44K. TimonenD0222029:18
48D. BriereC0114012:56
93J. VoracekR1234013:04
30I. Bryzgalov2528.89360:00
11B. GallagherR10-14015:32
14T. PlekanecC01-12416:38
17R. BourqueR00-12014:23
21B. GiontaR00-22015:51
24J. HalpernC000009:43
26J. GorgesD00-23022:11
27A. GalchenyukC10-2128:58
32T. MoenL0001010:31
40N. BeaulieuD0001014:41
44D. DrewiskeD0101016:22
51D. DesharnaisC00-11220:44
53R. WhiteC00-10151:31
55F. BouillonD00-31018:19
67M. PaciorettyL11-14219:40
73M. RyderR0001012:32
76P. SubbanD02-12225:40
79A. MarkovD00-22022:51
81L. EllerC01-201514:43
30P. Budaj34.75020:00
31C. Price2329.79339:36