Montreal Canadiens v. Philadelphia Flyers
Game 1 – First Round
Tomas Tatar — Nick Suzuki — Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Joel Armia
Paul Byron — Phillip Danault — Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Belzile — Max Domi — Dale Weise
Ben Chiarot — Shea Weber
Brett Kulak — Jeff Petry
Victor Mete — Xavier Ouellet
Scratched: Charles Hudon, Ryan Poehling, Cale Fleury, Noah Juulsen, Gustav Olofsson, Christian Folin, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven, Jordan Weal
Unfit to play: Jake Evans
Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton — Kevin Hayes — Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk — Derek Grant — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Connor Bunnaman — Nate Thompson — Tyler Pitlick
Ivan Provorov — Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim — Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg — Justin Braun
Scratched: Andy Andreoff, Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost, Oskar Lindblom, Mark Friedman, Shayne Gostisbehere, Andy Welinski, Egor Zamula, Alex Lyon, Kirill Ustimenko
Unfit to play: Michael Raffl
The action started after a Jonathan Drouin penalty for slashing against Claude Giroux. The Flyers wasted little time capitalizing with Ivan Provorov scoring the first goal of the series using a great screen by Jakub Voracek.
Derek Grant almost made it 2-0 when he went in alone on Carey Price, but was stopped, and subsequently pushed into Price. Fortunately Price was left unscathed.
The period ended with coincidental roughing minors on Travis Konecny and Jesperi Kotkaniemi
The second opened up with 4 on 4 play which resulted in a nice scoring chance by Brett Kulak for the Canadiens, but he was unable to convert. Giroux later had a glorious chance, but hit the goalpost.
The Canadiens also failed to get a shot on a potential 2 on 0 because…well…you have to see it:
The score really should have been 2-0 at this point but for an amazing save by Carey Price:
Shea Weber equalized the score at 1, but soon after Joel Farabee put the Flyers back up 2-1, and that’s how the period ended.
There was not much offensive production at the beginning of the third – the only piece of note were minors given to Max Domi and Farabee, resulting in 4 on 4 play. Soon after, Artturi Lehkonen took a tripping penalty, setting up a 4 on 3 power play for the Flyers. Later in the third, Nate Thompson couldn’t bury an open net chance, and the score remained 2-1. Even a last gasp effort of pulling Price at the end could not pull the Canadiens even, as the Flyers take game 1, 2-1.
Game 2 is Friday at 3pm Eastern.