On Thursday night the Flyers played the Canadiens in Philly, where they looked to sweep the season series. Sadly, that didn’t work out, as the Flyers fell 4-1 to Montreal. This was a game where defensive zone breakdowns hurt them again, and this time it stung. Coming into this game, the Habs were 2-8-1 in their last 11 games.
In the first period, Montreal came out with a push early on, having lots of high quality chances. It looked like the Flyers were skating in quicksand, with bad turnovers and lost assignments in the defensive zone. Truthfully, it was a mess.
Thankfully, Alex Lyon saw the puck early and kept the Flyers in it throughout the period. Joel Farabee made it 1-0 on a juicy rebound from a shot from Connor Bunnaman. 18 seconds later, Tomas Tatar tied it up on a scramble in the Flyers zone, with Sanhiem and Myers on defense, a pair that has struggled since being put together. The first ended 1-1, shots were 13-12 Montreal after 1.
Early in the 2nd, the Habs got 2 goals within 11 seconds of each other making 3-1. Ilya Kovalchuk on the PP, and Artturi Lehkonen on a tip up high on Lyon. The Flyers had a bad start to this period, but woke up later on with a ton of chances late in the 2nd period. After the 2nd, shots were 19-10 in favor of the Flyers.
In the 3rd, the Flyers were pressing in the first 10 minutes and had a few great chances. Ilya Kovalchuk made it 4-1, a pure snipe from the high slot, after another defensive breakdown from the Flyers. Tyler Pitlick was a little too far down in the zone, giving Kovalchuk all the time in world. He could’ve written a book.
The Flyers fell in this one, 4-1, in a game where the didn’t play that bad on offense. They had 41 shots on goal, and had a decent amount of chances. Alex Lyon was basically let out to dry on 3 of the 4 goals, having 36 saves on 40 shots, and a .900 SV%. JVR had 8 of the Flyers 41 shots, and some big chances throughout the game. Carey Price was a huge factor for Montreal, making some great saves, but also some easy ones as well. Majority of the time when a goalie isn’t giving up much, they can get into your head, making it look easy on every save.
Coming into tonight, the Canadiens had lost on Wednesday night at home to Chicago, where they got booed off the ice. So they came into this game with a strong start, hammering the Flyers in their own zone. Matt Niskanen said after the game the Flyers had a “blah” start, which they couldn’t come back from even though they were up 1-0.
The Flyers now face the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night at home. A game where getting 2 points would be pretty sweet.