Flyers-Habs: Philadelphia Loses In Sloppy Game, Ends Five-Game Win Streak

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IDecember 18, 2008

Tonight is the 31st game of the year and 14th game on the road for the Flyers, who are 7-3-3 away from the Wachovia Center.

The Flyers came into tonight's game having won their last five games, three of which have been decided by one goal and they are averaging 4.4 goals per game during that stretch.

The Flyers were also unbeaten in regulation in the month of December, going 6-0-1.

Philadelphia has also won four of their last five games on the road and are 5-1-1 in their last seven road contests. The Flyers are 13-1-3 in their last 17 overall games and have secured 29 out of a possible 34 points.

This is the third of four meetings on the year with the Canadiens and second away from the Wachovia Center. The Flyers split their first two meetings with the Habs, dropping a 5-3 decision on Oct. 13, but earned a 2-1 victory at Montreal on Nov. 15.

Mike Richards has three points (one goal, two assists) as the Flyers have outshot the Canadiens 63-52 in the two meetings. Mike Richards has registered at least a point in each of his last eight games, tying his career high set earlier this season. Richards has posted 15 points (seven goals, eight assists), including five multiple-point games during that streak.

Jeff Carter has recorded at least a point in each of his last five games, posting at least a goal in four of those contests and recording eight points (4G,4A) in that span. Carter also leads the NHL with three goals and five points in overtime this season.

Antero Niittymaki has won his last five starts, going 5-0-0, recording a 2.36 GAA and .924 save percentage.

First Period


Puck Drop: 7:10

Penalty: PHI-Alberts-Interference(2:00), 4:04. MON-Kovalev-Hooking(2:00), 5:30. PHI-Sbisa-High sticking(2:00), 8:58. PHI-Gagne-Hooking(2:00), 12:53.

Goal: MON-D’Agostini(5), Assists- LaPierrere(3), Brisbois(3), 6:00. MON-Kostitsyn(4) Power Play, Assists-Lang(13), Latendresse(7), 10:33. MON-Begin(5), Assists-Kostopoulus(5), Kostitsyn(7), 15:26. PHI-Asham(3), Assists-Upshall(6), 15:58.

PP: PHI-0/1  MON-1/3
PK: PHI-2/3  MON-1/3

Shots: PHI-9 MON-12

The Flyers came out dead, looked like ducks on the ice for the first 15 minutes and allowing the Habs to get the first three goals. Flyers were able to get one goal at the 15:58 mark with Arron Asham’s third goal of the season. The Canadiens looked very effective which is the opposite of what they have looked like lately. The Flyers have to come out firing in the second to at least tie the game and look somewhat like they have in the last 10 games.

Second Period


Penalty: PHI-Timonen-Delay of Game(2:00), 15:30. MON-Hamrlik-Tripping(2:00), 19:22.

Goals: MON-Kovalev(7), Assists-Begin(1), 6:20.

PP: PHI-0/2 MON-1/3

PK: PHI-1/3 MON-2/2

Shots: PHI-13 MON-7

The Flyers did absolutely nothing about their game in the second. They played just as bad as they did in the first. I'm not going to say its as bad as the Carolina game, but its close. They need another miracle in the third as they begin the third with a power play.

Third Period


Penalty: PHI-Carter-Hooking(2:00), 7:47. PHI-Hartnell-Roughing(2:00), MON-Kostitsyn-Roughing(2:00), 9:36. PHI-Timonen-Hooking(2:00), 18:43.

Goals: PHI-Coburn(3), Assists-Metropolit(8), Asham(2), 13:28. MON-Latendresse(4) Power play, Assists-Lang(20), Tanguay(13), 18:57.

PP: PHI-0/2 MON-2/5

PK: PHI-3/5 MON-2/2

Shots: PHI-31 MON-31

The only player that came to play in the third was Antero Niittymaki. Other than that, it seemed like the rest of the team already got on the plane

The Flyers didn’t have enough chances to get anything started, going on the man advantage only twice, typical Canadian referees.

The Flyers didn’t show much effort and deserved to lose this game, now they better regroup fast because they have Ovechkin and the Capitals coming to Philadelphia Saturday at 1pm.

Goodnight from Montreal, everybody, and be safe!


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