The Montreal Canadiens are the NHL’s best team and a top seed in the Eastern Conference, as they defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-5 in overtime on Friday night at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens had two power plays on the night, both of which came in the final minute of the game.
It was a sign of things to come, as the Flyers struggled to get into the offensive zone in their opening period.
After the game, Flyers GM Ron Hextall said the team didn’t expect the Canadiens to come out with the lead.
“I think we were looking at the game at a very early stage of the second period, the last couple of minutes, and the way the game went down the stretch we were expecting them to come back with the momentum of the first period and get some of that magic that we saw from them tonight,” Hextally said.
It’s a lesson we’ve learned and hopefully we can use it against them.””
We had a chance to take it to them tonight, we just couldn’t pull it off.
It’s a lesson we’ve learned and hopefully we can use it against them.”
With a 4-1 lead, the Canadiens scored twice in the first, a power play goal by Ryan Hartman that set up the game-winning goal.
The Flyers then took a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded breakaway goal by Sean Couturier.
The Flyers opened the scoring on a two-on-one in the second with Michael Del Zotto scoring on an empty-netter.
Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn scored on power plays at 5:30 and 6:13 of the third.
The third period went on and on with the Flyers shooting 5-on to the Canadiens, who opened the final period on a powerplay.
Claude Dubois and Max Pacioretty made it a 4+1 at 13:51 of the period when they scored on a one-timer from the slot by Hartman.
That goal sealed the game for the Canadiens.
After Hartman’s first goal, the Flyers had the game’s first power play opportunity at 1:45 of the fourth.
That was their only power play effort of the night.
The Habs scored two power play goals in the period, both coming on a breakaway.
The second power play, however, was blocked by Jakub Voracek at 12:15 of the quarter.
“It was just about a couple of lucky bounces.
We were lucky on the first one.
The goal we scored was a great goal, but it was an unbelievable shot,” Giroux said.”
That’s what it’s all about.
We’re not afraid to shoot, we’re not scared to take a chance and make a play.
We tried to keep it close and make the play. “
The second one we took.
We tried to keep it close and make the play.
I’m proud of my team for doing that.”
The Flyers were able to get back into the game on the power play again with a one minute remaining.
That led to a goal by Brayden Medzner that tied it 1-1 at 1.12 of the final.
The goal helped make the score 4-2 at 5.24 of the sixth period.
That tied it at 2.05 at 5 minutes remaining.
The final minutes were the highlight of the contest for the Flyers.
They led 2-1 early in the third period, but were unable to score on any of their first two powerplay opportunities.
It was a disappointing ending to a game that featured plenty of drama.
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol called the game an important milestone in his team’s history.
“You can never be satisfied.
You can never say we’re done,” Hakstols said.
“(The last game) was an amazing experience for us.
We want to play with the same intensity and we’re looking forward to it.””
Tonight we’re ready to go again.
We want to play with the same intensity and we’re looking forward to it.”
The Hags will be back in action Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Columbus Blue Jackets.