Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) – P.A. Parenteau and Dale Weise each
registered a pair of goals, and Michel Therrien gained his 300th win as
an NHL head coach as the Montreal Canadiens doubled up the Philadelphia
Flyers, 6-3, at Bell Centre.
David Desharnais and P.K. Subban also lit the lamp for the Canadiens, who
vaulted over Tampa Bay into first place in the Atlantic Division thanks to
their fifth straight win.
Alex Galchenyuk added three assists, with Tomas Plekanec, Sergei Gonchar, Max
Pacioretty and Andrei Markov totaling two helpers each. Carey Price came up
with a 26-save effort.
Brayden Schenn tallied twice and Jakub Voracek added a pair of assists for the
Flyers, who fell to 1-5-0 in three sets of back-to-back games on the
Voracek assumed the NHL scoring lead with 26 points, as Pittsburgh’s Sidney
Crosby was held off the board in a 3-2 shootout win against the Rangers.
Ray Emery was shelled for all six goals on 28 shots — the first time in his
career he’s surrendered that many to Montreal.
Parenteau’s mid-air tip of a Gonchar blast at 1:02 of the third period got
through traffic and gave the Canadiens a 4-2 lead, but Matt Read followed up a
goalmouth scramble and scored into an open net at 5:38 during a Pacioretty
Weise then provided insurance for the hosts on his wrister from the left
circle which slipped through Emery’s pads with 6:42 left in regulation.
It looked to be a rout for the hosts early on.
Parenteau converted a Pacioretty rebound from the left side at 6:47 of the
first, just 33 seconds after Jason Akeson committed a tripping penalty in his
Claude Giroux committed another infraction in the defensive zone, and the
Canadiens took a 2-0 lead at 8:49 when a Pacioretty blast from the right
circle bled through Emery and Desharnais converted from the doorstep.
Emery stopped a Manny Malhotra breakaway shortly into Philly’s first power
play, but was powerless to halt a Subban one-timer from the left side on
another Montreal advantage at 6:17 of the second period.
The visitors finally hit the scoreboard with 7:59 left in the second, as
Voracek’s rush up the right side resulted in a back pass to Schenn, who beat
Price to the short side.
A holding call on Brendan Gallagher at 13:33 nullified the Habs’ fourth goal,
then a hook by Plekanec gave the Flyers 50 seconds of 5-on-3 edge. Philly
failed to click on the advantage, but went to intermission down 3-2 after
Schenn shoveled a rebound home with 1:14 left.
Therrien has won 165 contests with the Canadiens in two stints (2000-03, 2012-
present) … Emery fell to 9-8-1 all-time vs. Montreal with one shutout. He
hasn’t beaten the Habs since Feb. 9, 2008 with Ottawa (33 saves, 6-1 W), and
only gave up as many as five goals to the club on one previous occasion (April
6, 2006) … Voracek extended his point streak to a career-best 10 games
during which he has accumulated 19 points (5G, 14A) … Schenn’s second goal
was his 100th NHL point … Since acquiring Gonchar — who reached the 800-
point plateau — earlier in the week from Dallas, the Canadiens have reeled
off four power-play goals in two games … Philadelphia penalty killers have
allowed six goals in seven short-handed situations in the last two nights.