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GIROUX AND MASON HELP FLYERS BEAT BRIERE, CANADIENS

Thursday, 12.12.2013 / 10:17 PM
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GIROUX AND MASON HELP FLYERS BEAT BRIERE, CANADIENS
Montréal Canadiens 1, Philadelphia Flyers 2
Three Stars of the Game
Claude Giroux
1st
Claude Giroux
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:47
Michael Raffl
2nd
Michael Raffl
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:09
Jakub Voracek
3rd
Jakub Voracek
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:13
PHILADELPHIA (CP) -- Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored goals, Steve Mason made 20 saves, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night.

Jakub Voracek had two assists, and Giroux also had an assist to help the Flyers snap a three-game losing streak and extend their home winning streak to six games. They were coming off a 2-3-1 trip in which they finished up 0-2-1.

Mason shut the Canadiens out for 59 minutes before Alex Galchenyuk scored with 55.1 seconds left to cut it to 2-1.

The Canadiens have lost two in a row after going 9-0-1. They followed a 6-0 loss at home to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday with another offensive clunker.

The Flyers didn't show any ill effects from a 13-day trip. Despite a 7-2 loss at Chicago on Wednesday, they looked fresh from the start.

Raffl gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead in the first period with his second NHL goal. Voracek set it up with a perfect pass from behind the net to Raffl in the slot. He wristed a shot over goalie Carey Price's glove into the top corner.

Raffl didn't score in his first 17 games, but has two goals in three games this week.

Another crisp pass from Voracek set up Philadelphia's second goal. Brayden Schenn took the puck up the middle, and he passed it to Voracek skating down the left side. Voracek sent a crossing pass to Giroux coming down the right wing, and he beat Price with a slap shot.

Danny Briere, a fan favourite during six seasons with the Flyers, returned to Philadelphia for the first time since his contract was bought out last July. Briere got a standing ovation during a video tribute in the first period and he waved to the crowd from the bench.

The Canadiens had a goal disallowed in the third period because Brian Gionta pushed it in with his hand while sliding headfirst into the crease.

NOTES: Mason had 10 shutouts for Columbus when he was the NHL's top rookie in the 2008-09 season, and 10 more in the last five seasons. ... The Flyers scored first for the fourth game in a row. They were 0-2-1 in the other three. ... Giroux has five goals in 13 games after getting one in the first 19. ... Canadiens D Alexei Emelin was ejected for elbowing Steve Downie late in the second period. ... Canadiens lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Nov. 1-2.

SEE ALSO:
Game Highlights - Flyers @ Canadiens
Boxscore
The Numbers Game – December 12, 2013
Notebook: December 11
scoring summary
1st Period
13:57
PHI
Michael Raffl (2) ASST: Jakub Voracek (10), Claude Giroux (17)
1 - 0 PHI
2nd Period
09:43
PHI
Claude Giroux (6) ASST: Jakub Voracek (11), Brayden Schenn (11)
2 - 0 PHI
3rd Period
19:04
MTL
Alex Galchenyuk (9) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
05:04
PHI
Sean Couturier  Hi-sticking against  Ryan White
15:36
MTL
Alexei Emelin  Interference against  Michael Raffl
2nd Period
06:01
MTL
P.K. Subban  Elbowing against  Jakub Voracek
16:15
MTL
Alexei Emelin  Elbowing (maj) against  Steve Downie
16:15
MTL
Alexei Emelin  Game misconduct
3rd Period
20:00
PHI
Steve Mason  Roughing against  Brendan Gallagher
20:00
PHI
Steve Mason  Hi-sticking against  Brian Gionta
20:00
MTL
Brendan Gallagher  Roughing against  Steve Mason
20:00
MTL
Brendan Gallagher  Roughing against  Steve Mason
20:00
MTL
Brian Gionta  Hi-sticking against  Steve Mason
goalie stats
Carey Price
SA: 27TOI: 58:26
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
11-9-3
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 20EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 4PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .952SH: 1 - 1