Flyers Blanked by the Canadians
The Northeast Division leading Montréal Canadians hosted the Atlantic Division leading Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday and gained some measure of revenge over their 4-1 series loss in this past year’s Eastern Conference Finals to the Flyers as they shut the Flyers out 3-0.
The Flyers had earned 19 out of 20 possible points in their last 10 games. The loss creates a perfect opportunity for the back-up goalie Brian Boucher to get a start in the next game.
Flyers Rookie Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had been on a tear, with 11 wins coming into the game. However, he was outplayed by Montréal net-minder Cary Price who, with the win, is no tied with Bobrovsky for wins.
Price, though trailing Bobrovsky in Save Percentage, leads Bobrovsky in Goals Against Average and Shutouts. And he was playing out of his mind in goal, last night, stopping 41 shots.
In fact, it had been more than 20 years since the last time the Flyers lost by a shutout after firing more than 40 shots. The Flyers’ high-powered offense was held scoreless but still has a +22 in goals scored vs. goals allowed.
In the Flyers’ previous 7 games their power play was averaging at .280% where as against the Canadians it was .000%.
The biggest issue for the Flyers was their undisciplined play. In their previous seven games, they committed less than 4 penalties per game where as they had 8 against the Canadians. Penalties abounded, in general, with three players being in the closing minutes.
After the game, Philadelphia Captain Mike Richards had a heated exchange of words through the press with Montréal Defenseman PK Subban. This should make next Monday’s meeting in Philadelphia between these two teams another penalty-fest.