Carey Price s solid play helps Canadiens snap two-game skid
|Montreal Gazette 19 Mar 2019 at 19:21|
Price and the Canadiens snapped a two-game losing streak, but they are still sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, which leaves them outside a playoff position. The Canadiens did deliver a blow to the Flyers’ playoff ambitions as they moved five points ahead of Philadelphia.
Brendan Gallagher matched his career high for goals in a season when he opened the scoring with his 31st at 18:21 of the opening period. It was typical Gallagher goal as he connected from the slot after Carter Hart made the save on Christian Folin’s shot from the point. Tomas Tatar was in front and pushed the puck back to Gallagher.
The goal was part of a flurry toward the end of the first period that gave the Canadiens an 11-8 edge on the shot clock. A strong defensive effort by the Flyers prevented the margin from being greater. There was period of eight minutes in the middle of the period when neither team managed a shot on goal and the Flyers blocked six shots during that span.
Captain Shea Weber gave the Canadiens some breathing room when he scored his 12th goal of the season at 4:45 of the second period to give Montreal a 2-0 lead. As Weber slapshots go, this was a not a burner, but it was on target and Hart was screened by Andrew Shaw, who was battling with a defender in front of the net. The scoring play began when Shaw won an offensive-zone faceoff against Sean Couturier. The puck went to Max Domi in the corner and he set up Weber at the blue line.
Couturier ended Price’s hopes for his fourth shutout of the season and gave the Flyers the momentum when he scored a power-play goal at 8:42 of the third period. Couturier scored on a goalmouth scramble after James Van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux both had a swipe at the puck. It was Couturier’s 30th goal of the season.
Max Domi completed the scoring with an empty-net goal. It was his 25th of the season.
Tatar’s assist on the opening goal gave him 51 points for the season and he moved into second place on the team scoring list, three points behind Domi and one ahead of Jonathan Drouin, who continues to struggle offensively. Drouin has failed to collect a point in 16 of his last 17 games. Drouin failed to get a shot on goal in Tuesday’s contest.
Claude Julien unveiled a new power-play alignment during the morning skate Tuesday, but there was no chance to test its strength because the Canadiens didn’t draw a single penalty.
The Canadiens return home for games against the New York Islanders Thursday and Buffalo Saturday before travelling to Carolina on Sunday.
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