Flyers/Habs Recap – Hockey is Dumb

Photo by Amy Irvin/38 Photography

Photo by Amy Irvin/38 Photography

The Flyers dropped a tough game to the Montreal Canadiens in overtime tonight by the score of 2-1. Ray Emery was serviceable and kept the Flyers in the game at times, but a relentless Montreal Canadiens attack over the last two periods proved to be too much to handle.

The first period was a relatively low event period, with only 25 shot attempts between the two teams. The only goal came on a nasty wrist shot by Matt Read less than a minute into the game. Ray Emery had a few very nice saves during the first few minutes of the game to preserve the lead.

The second and third periods were completely different stories, however. The Flyers started the second  with some high quality chances that were stopped by both the post and Carey Price. After that initial flurry, it was basically all Habs. Constant pressure from Montreal finally let to a goal when Tomas Plekanec cleaned up a loose puck with all hell breaking loose in front of the net.

A bit of a flubbed play in overtime by Michael Del Zotto and Vincent Lecavalier gave possession to David Desharnais, who was able to poke home a rebound after his initial shot deflected off of Michael Del Zotto.

Difficult game to lose, but the Flyers were relatively lucky to bring home a point in this one after being controlled pretty thoroughly over the final 40 minutes.

THOUGHTS

-Luke Schenn was a very late scratch tonight and was replaced by Carlo Colaiacovo. The Flyers announced shortly after puck drop that he is day-to-day with an upper body injury.

-Claude Giroux had Carey Price dead to rights on a breakaway with a delayed penalty in the first, but couldn’t slip the puck above his pad. Brutally close chance.

-Ray Emery had some solid saves early on in this one to keep Montreal off the scoreboard

-The first two periods were played very differently tonight. The first period was fairly low event and featured just 25 shot attempts between the two teams. The second period featured over 60 combined shot attempts.

-The penalty kill looked good again tonight during their three opportunities. Good to see them rebounding recently. The Flyers will need that to continue if they want any hope at a playoff run.

-Brayden Schenn has had a bit of a rough go during his latest stint on the top line. There were several occasions tonight where he just didn’t seem to be in sync with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.

-Flyers were out-attempted in all situations tonight 85-41 during regulation. When you’re starting Ray Emery against Carey Price, you won’t get points out of many games when you get out-attempted like that.

-A lot of praise was given to the Flyers for shot blocking tonight. They blocked 25 shots tonight and yes, there were some blocks that actually took some skill and sacrifice. The bottom line is that it’s never ideal to get out-possessed in a way that requires you to make that sacrifice so often.

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