Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers (PHI leads series 3-2)
The Philadelphia Flyers look to eliminate the Montréal Canadiens after shutting them out for two straight games tonight. Joel Armia got the Canadiens on the board first and ended Carter Hart’s and the Flyers shutout streak. While short handed, Xavier Ouellet shot the puck from center ice which caromed off the boards and into the slot where Armia retrieved the puck and wristed it passed Flyers goalie Carter Hart. The Flyers had some chances at even strength and on the power play but we’re unable to convert them into goals. Montreal would take a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.
The second period got interesting and it definitely got interesting pretty quick. Jesperi Kotkaniemi of the Canadiens was issued a controversial five minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim. As a result, the Flyers were able to capitalize on the major penalty as Jakub Voracek scored twice on the man advantage to give the Flyers their first lead of the game. However, that lead didn’t stand up for long. Joel Armia moments leader would even the score with his second goal of the game. Less then a minute later on the power play, Brendan Gallagher would give the Canadiens their lead back and make it 3-2. Nick Suzuki thought he gave the Canadiens another goal but, after a coach’s challenge by the Flyers, it was determined the play was offsides. Going into the third period, the Canadiens would lead the Flyers 3-2.
Midway through the third period, Joel Farabee would defelect a shot from Jakub Voracek in the slot that would get passed Habs goalie Carey Price to even up the score 3-3. However, the tie was very short lived. Seconds later, Nick Suzuki would capitalize off a Flyers turnover in their own zone to give the Canadiens their lead back. Phillip Danault would add an empty net goal to seal the victory for the Canadiens. Montreal is hoping to force a game seven in their next game against the Flyers.
Shots: 33 29
Hits: 39 29
Power Play: 1/8 3/7
Faceoffs: 40% 60%