Canadiens 4 – Flyers 3 (OT)

The Habs got off to a shaky start in their first match against the Flyers as R.J. Umberger scored a goal by having Patrice Brisebois tip the puck past Carey Price for him and Jim Dowd put a hard slap shot in the Montreal net with Brisebois as the screen only a few minutes later. The period ended with Philly up 2-0 and the Canadiens looking a little desperate.

Montreal got things going in the second as they outshot Philadelphia 13-9 and got fantastic goals from Andrei Kostitsyn (thanks to a great pass by brother Sergei) and Alex Kovalev as he tipped a puck into the Flyers’ net while the Habs were shorthanded. The second period ended at a 2-2 tie with the Canadiens looking to be in temporary control.

Joffrey Lupal opened the third period scoring when he scored on the powerplay for the Flyers, giving them a 3-2 lead that lasted until the final seconds of the game. With Carey Price on the bench and the Habs with a 6-4 man advantage Alex Kovalev scored his second of the game to tie it up and force overtime with only 29 seconds remaining in regulation.

Overtime was a short affair that saw Tim Kostopolous end things only 48 seconds in as the Montreal Canadiens tooks a 1-0 lead in the series and moved one game closer to number 25.



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