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Montréal
Canadiens
41-30-11
Philadelphia
Flyers
44-27-11
OT
36 SOG
38 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
MTL
PHI
game recap

Canadiens 4, Flyers 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 4, Flyers 3, OT
Montréal Canadiens 4, Philadelphia Flyers 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Mathieu Schneider was able to do for Montreal on the final shot of the game what Philadelphia failed to achieve in eight tries.

Score on the power play.

Schneider scored with a man advantage at 3:21 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia on Friday night.

"I just tried to hang on and just get a wrister through with a screen," Schneider said.

He caught a break when Scottie Upshall was sent off for goalie interference. Recently acquired from Atlanta to quarterback the power play, Schneider scored his seventh goal of the season on a wrist shot from the right circle. It was Montreal's first goal since it scored three times in a 2:04 span in the first period.

Upshall argued the call on and said it was unfair, especially so late in OT.

"I didn't think I went in and intentionally hit the goalie," Upshall said. "From one angle, it looked like I might have clipped the back of his mask, but I know I hit the back of his leg. I got tripped up."

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The Flyers outshot the Canadiens 37-31 in regulation, but wasted all eight power-play attempts. Philadelphia, which had converted an NHL-high 32 percent of its home power-play opportunities, failed to convert on both of its 5-on-3 advantages.

"Special teams was the difference and they won it," Flyers coach John Stevens said.

Montreal made the most of the game's final power play when Schneider spoiled what had been a strong performance by goalie Antero Niittymaki.

Niittymaki, locked in a battle for Martin Biron for the starting goalie job, stopped 32 shots. Jaroslav Halak settled down in the net for Montreal after allowing two quick goals to open the game, finishing with 35 saves.

The first-period scoring burst was enough to give Montreal a 3-2 lead. Simon Gagne, though, tied it at 3 in the second when he swiped the puck from Patrice Brisebois from the far blue line, raced down the ice and scored his 24th goal.

The Flyers played their 36th straight game without center Danny Briere and there's no telling when he'll pull on the sweater again. Briere originally set Wednesday as his return date, and that was pushed back to Friday. General manager Paul Holmgren said before the game he was hopeful that Briere, who has played only nine games this season because of abdomen and groin surgeries, could play Sunday at New Jersey.

While it appeared Briere sat out because the Flyers were still up against the salary cap even after having Glen Metropolit and Ossi Vaananen claimed off waivers, Holmgren insisted Briere simply wasn't quite ready to play yet. Holmgren said if Briere could have played against Montreal, there was a workable solution to get the former All-Star center back in the lineup.

Instead, the Flyers wait for Briere to proclaim himself ready.

"I'm pretty close," Briere said between the first two periods. "There's still a little bit of pain, but from what I hear, I'm going to feel a little pain the rest of the year. That's part of it. It's close. I'm feeling stronger each day."

Not even Briere might have been able to stop Montreal in the first and bounce back from a 2-0 hole.

Tomas Plekanec got Montreal going on a power play when he knocked in a rebound off Ryan Parent's skate for his 17th goal. Tom Kostopoulos tied it 13 seconds later, and Alex Kovalev made it 3-2 with 1:31 left in the period. Kovalev's slapper shot off Niittymaki's right shoulder, flew straight in the air and bounced behind the goalie and into the net.

This game was strange from the opening faceoff when Carter went for the puck against Metropolit - his teammate only hours earlier. The Flyers placed Metropolit on waivers to clear salary cap space for Briere, then saw him immediately claimed by Montreal.

"You know how they say, no friends on the ice," Metropolit said. "I just tried to compete tonight and just worry about the task at hand."

The Flyers immediately rushed the net, and Joffrey Lupul slipped one under the bar for a 1-0 lead only 28 seconds into the game.

Mike Richards intercepted the puck from Roman Hamrlik in the right circle and the Philadelphia captain snapped in his 24th goal.

"I think we thought it might be an easy game after the quick start, but they did good things, they capitalized on their chances and we didn't," Richards said.

Notes: Scott Hartnell's assist on Lupul's goal gave him 300 career points. ... Vancouver claimed Vaananen, a defenseman, off waivers on Friday. ... The fastest two goals were ever scored against Philadelphia came from Chicago in only 6 seconds on Feb. 16, 1972. ... Lupul's goal was the fastest at the start of the game for the Flyers this season.


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scoring summary
1st Period
00:28
PHI
Joffrey Lupul (18) ASST: Scott Hartnell (24), Jeff Carter (29)
1 - 0 PHI
08:14
PHI
Mike Richards (24) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 PHI
16:25
MTL
PPG - Tomas Plekanec (17) ASST: Mathieu Schneider (13), Alex Kovalev (30)
2 - 1 PHI
16:38
MTL
Tom Kostopoulos (7) ASST: Max Pacioretty (7)
2 - 2 Tie
18:29
MTL
Alex Kovalev (15) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (17), Josh Gorges (13)
3 - 2 MTL
2nd Period
13:43
PHI
Simon Gagne (24) ASST: NONE
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
03:21
MTL
PPG - Mathieu Schneider (7) ASST: Alex Kovalev (31), Saku Koivu (23)
4 - 3 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:26
MTL
Glen Metropolit  Hi-sticking against  Jeff Carter
14:12
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Tripping against  Jared Ross
16:02
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Hooking against  Andrei Markov
2nd Period
01:13
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Interference against  Mike Richards
01:33
MTL
Saku Koivu  Slashing against  Scott Hartnell
08:58
PHI
Joffrey Lupul  Hi-sticking against  Mike Komisarek
08:58
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Hi-sticking against  Joffrey Lupul
08:58
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Hooking against  Darroll Powe
11:10
PHI
Simon Gagne  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Tomas Plekanec
17:18
MTL
Gregory Stewart  Hi-sticking against  Joffrey Lupul
18:43
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Hi-sticking against  Mike Knuble
19:59
PHI
Jeff Carter  Slashing against  Andrei Markov
3rd Period
09:18
MTL
Andrei Markov  Hooking against  Mike Richards
14:30
PHI
Matthew Carle  Hooking against  Chris Higgins
OT Period
02:21
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Interference on goalkeeper against  Andrei Markov
goalie stats
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 38TOI: 63:21
Saves: 35EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .921SH: 1 - 1
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
14-5-5
SA: 36TOI: 63:21
Saves: 32EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1