The Canadiens played host to Philadelphia in the first of their home-and-home series taking place over the week tonight with a strong focus on not only reclaiming lost ground between themselves and the Senators but also to create some extra padding in the standings with Philly. The Flyers have been slowly inching their way up the standings and are suddenly right on the doorstep of the race for first place in the Eastern Conference while the Habs are hot on the heels of that prime spot.
Both teams came out hard in the first period and both goaltenders were in top form; Carey Price made several key saves in the first 20 minutes. The first goal didn’t arrive until early in the second period with the Habs on the powerplay as Alex Kovalev performed a perfect rush into the Flyers zone and Andrei Kostitsyn finished up with a crazy tap in on his own rebound to put the Habs up 1-0.
The Flyers spent the rest of the game pummeling Carey Price with shots, looking for a hole. 34 saves later, Price recorded his first career shutout following a dazzling display. The Canadiens came out of the game with a 1-0 victory despite being outshot 34-20, including 15-3 in the third period.