The victory marked the 1,000th home win in Flyers history, the first franchise of the expansion era to reach the mark.
Chris Pronger notched four assists, Kimmo Timonen added a power-play tally and Dan Carcillo also scored for the Flyers, who capped an impressive month of January with a 10-2-0 mark and currently sit atop the NHL with 71 points.
“When you look at our lineup, it’s impressive,” said Carcillo. “When a team looks at our defense, it is intimidating to play us. The biggest thing we have found this year is consistency.”
Mathieu Darche and David Desharnais scored for the Canadiens, who are winless in three of their last four games. Montreal failed to earn a point for only the second time in its last 12 games.
Carey Price yielded four goals on 34 shots in the losing effort.
In the latter stages of the opening period, Montreal was whistled for three penalties in under two minutes and the Flyers took advantage with a pair of power-play goals.
Carter’s 23rd goal at 17:42 gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Standing atop the crease, Carter redirected home a shot from the right circle by captain Mike Richards.
Only 63 seconds later, Timonen made it a two-goal advantage. The Flyers passed the puck around the perimeter of the offensive zone until Timonen held control near the centerpoint. He drifted in near the high slot and released a blazing slap shot that Price never saw, thanks to a screen in front by Carter.
“Moving our feet and moving the puck quicker, then getting some traffic in front,” said Pronger of the keys to the Flyers’ power-play success. “Kimmos goal was a prime example of that — just getting pucks to the net and having bodies there.”
Carcillo’s third goal of the season 23 seconds into the second period gave Philly a three-goal cushion. Pronger’s shot from the right point was stopped and Carcillo, who had position in the goal mouth area, swiped a backhander behind Price from in close.
At the 12:43 mark of the middle session, the Habs got on the scoreboard via Desharnais’ third marker of the season — his one-timer from the high slot made its way through heavy traffic and past Bobrovsky.
With 3:08 to go before the second intermission, Giroux netted his 19th goal. Scott Hartnell carried the puck down the left-wing side and, from below the circle, sent a pass across the low slot for a successful redirection tap-in by Giroux at the right post.
“If you give them chances like that, they will bury you,” said Darche.
Darche tallied with less than five minutes to go in regulation and brought Montreal within two, but Danny Briere’s empty-net goal inside the final minute sealed the victory.
The Flyers ended 3-for-5 on the power play and held the Habs scoreless on their seven chances with the extra skater…Montreal forward Jeff Halpern, who had missed the previous two games with an upper-body injury, returned to action…The Flyers improved to 16-7-2 at home and has captured five of the last seven meetings vs the Habs…Philadelphia won the season series, 3-1…The four assists four Pronger tied his career best. It marked the fifth time that he has recorded four helpers in a game.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to close out what has been a spectacular month with another victory when they host the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers, who are tied with Vancouver for the NHL lead with 69 points, have compiled a 9-2-0 record in January and are coming off a win over the team that defeated them in last year's Stanley Cup Finals. Jeff Carter scored twice and added an assist while Claude Giroux picked up four helpers, as Philadelphia earned a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in a rematch of last year's championship series.
The Blackhawks won the best-of-seven series in six games back in June. Patrick Kane became the hero in Game 6 when he scored the Cup-clinching goal in overtime, giving the franchise its first Stanley Cup title since 1961.
Nikolay Zherdev and Scott Hartnell also tallied on Sunday for the Flyers, who recovered from Saturday's 3-1 loss to New Jersey. Philadelphia is currently five points ahead of Pittsburgh atop the Atlantic Division.
"We came into a loud building against a very good hockey team, and played a real sound hockey game and walked away with two points," Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said.
Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk missed Sunday's game with a groin injury and is questionable for tonight's tilt.
Sergei Bobrovsky was solid between the pipes on Sunday, turning aside 30-of-31 shots to pick up the victory. It's unclear if Bobrovsky or Boucher will get the start in net tonight. Boucher is 2-6-0 with a 2.72 goals-against average in 11 career games against the Habs, while the rookie is 1-1-0 versus Montreal.
Bobrovsky stopped 38-of-41 shots in helping anchor the Flyers to a 5-3 win over the Canadiens on Dec. 15 in Montreal. Philadelphia has taken four of six overall in the series, but the Habs have won seven out of nine in the City of Brotherly Love.
The Flyers are 15-7-2 on home ice this year, while the Canadiens are 11-11-1 away from Montreal.
The Habs, who have 59 points and are two points behind idle Boston for the Northeast Division lead, have lost two of their last three outings but have also recorded a point in five straight games (3-0-2).
Montreal dropped a 4-3 shootout decision Saturday against the visiting Anaheim Ducks as Bobby Ryan scored the lone goal of the final segment. Ryan ended the second round by scoring on a low forehand shot inside the left post. Brian Gionta could have kept the home team alive, but his shot from the right post was smothered by Jonas Hiller to end the game.
Saku Koivu returned to Montreal for the first time since leaving as a free agent to Anaheim in 2009, and recorded an assist but committed a late penalty which led to the Habs' tying tally.
Montreal pulled within 3-2 on Mathieu Darche's goal with 3:40 left in the third period and Max Pacioretty capitalized on Koivu's interference minor with 17 seconds remaining in regulation.
Carey Price stopped 23 shots in defeat and is 6-3-0 with a 2.16 GAA in his career against the Flyers.
Montreal forward Jeff Halpern missed the last two games with an upper-body injury, but is probable for tonight's tilt.