Sean Couturier was the only scorer in the shootout and the Philadelphia Flyers won 3-2 against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Owen Tippett and Morgan Frost scored in regular time for the Flyers. Sean Monahan and David Savard responded for the CH, which was looking for a third victory in four outings.
The Bleu-Blanc-Rouge was outshot 39-19.
“We didn’t have our fast ball tonight,” said Canadian coach Martin St-Louis. We didn’t play a good match, we were missing something. »
“There are evenings like that. Sometimes we deserved better, this time we deserved less [que d’aller chercher un point]. »
Samuel Ersson blocked 17 shots for the crowd favorites. Cayden Primeau shone with 37 saves in the city where he grew up. His father Keith was once the captain of the Flyers. The father was in the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center, in fact.
Primeau’s last start was on December 28, a 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes in Carolina.
“We often shot ourselves in the foot,” Savard said. The execution was lacking. The Flyers don’t give much space in the neutral zone, and we were trying to complicate things. It’s the kind of match to forget, especially when you play again the next day. »
The Habs will be back in action Thursday night at home against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have lost their last 12 matches. They have been outscored 13-3 in their last three meetings.
CH had a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. The Canadian took a 1-0 lead at 1:29 in the first period, Monahan deflecting a shot off Justin Barron’s wrists. Monahan scored his 11th goal of the season on his team’s first shot of the match.
The visitors doubled the lead at 11:28, when Savard scored his fourth goal this season. His shot was originally thought to have been deflected by Juraj Slafkovsky.
The Flyers closed the gap to 15:41. Couturier fired from the left flank. The puck took off against Travis Konecny and slid to the bottom of the left circle, where Tippett converted his chance.
Konecny has five goals and 11 points in eight games. Ryan Poehling was often in the heart of the action for the Flyers in the first period. In the middle of it he made a shorthanded breakaway, before being stopped by Cole Caufield’s withdrawal.
Then, about a minute before the end of the first period, he almost scored on his own rebound. The sequence was studied by officials, who confirmed that the puck did not cross the line.
Thirty seconds after the resumption of hostilities in the middle period, Primeau stood up against a shot from the slot from Joel Farabee, who wanted to complete a play prepared by Konecny.
In the fifth minute of the third, it was Tippett who was frustrated, on a loose puck.
Between the two sequences, Caufield and Slafkovsky benefited from a two-on-one but after receiving the puck, the Slovak lost the puck near the net.
Frost tied the score 2-2 at 8:30 with a wrist shot on the power play. One of the accomplices was Jamie Drysdale, acquired Monday from the Anaheim Ducks.
Frost scored 29 seconds after the start of a penalty on Jordan Harris, punished for delaying the match.
Josh Anderson gave himself a great opportunity to score in the opening moments of the third period. He cut towards goal when it looked like he was going to go around it, but Ersson made a good move and blocked the shot.
In the middle of the engagement, Barron challenged the Swede with a close backhand, without success.
Primeau had a narrow escape two minutes later, when a point-blank shot from Tippett hit the post.
Philadelphia outshot 6-1 in overtime. The Canadian’s came from Anderson on a breakaway, very late.
Just before, Primeau had been masterful at the expense of Scott Laughton. In the shootout, Nick Suzuki, Caufield and Jesse Ylonen missed their opportunities, in that order. Couturier threaded the needle between Primeau’s leggings.
“Cayden]played really well tonight,” Anderson said. He gave us a chance to win every time he started. »
Montembeault: autographs in Trois-Rivières on Friday
Friday, Samuel Montembeault will be at the Colisée Vidéotron during the match between the Atlanta Gladiators and the Trois-Rivières Lions, CH’s subsidiary in the East Coast League.
During the hour preceding the match, the Bécancour native will sign autographs in the arena, before participating in the ceremonial puck drop.
The Canadiens goalie will also sign autographs during the first intermission.