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Flyers get one point, but fall in overtime to Canadiens

The Flyers looked to earn a much needed two points to climb even closer to a wild card spot in Tuesday night’s game. An early goal by Matt Read was not enough as the Flyers fell 2-1 in overtime to the Montreal Canadiens.

It took the Flyers just 51 seconds to get the first goal of the game. A pass from Wayne Simmonds sent Read into the left side of the offensive zone. Read sent a long wrist shot in on goaltender Carey Price and was able to beat him and find the top right corner of the net. It was Read’s first goal since Dec. 11 and first in 26 games. The goal was just his fourth of the season.

The Flyers had a chance to increase their lead later on in the first. A delayed penalty sent goaltender Ray Emery to the bench in favor of an extra attacker. Claude Giroux was able to drift onto the ice unseen by any Canadiens’ player. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was able to see Giroux and sent a pass all the way up the ice. Giroux came in alone on Price but the goaltender was able to stick his left pad out and stop the puck.

Price kept his team in the game, making another big save on a 2-on-1 in the second period that included Giroux and Jakub Voracek. He also stopped Sean Couturier on a breakaway of his own moments later.

The Flyers would enter the third period still nursing their 1-0 lead. They were able to hold the Canadiens off the board for 52:38 of game action. Tomas Plekanec was able to beat Emery with less than eight minutes left in the third period. While line mates Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk jammed away at the puck in the goalmouth, Plekanec drifted in from the left point. When the puck came free, he pounced on it a sent a shot passed a sprawled out Simmonds and behind Emery to tie the game at 1-1.

The Canadiens had a couple of chances to take the lead as the Flyers took two penalties in the third period. The penalty kill was once again strong as they killed off all three power play chances Montreal had in the game.

Sixty minutes would not be enough as the two teams would remain tied at one a piece at the end of regulation. This would give the Flyers seven straight games with a point. They were not able to get the much needed second point in this game though.

David Desharnais would get the game winner with 1:33 left to go in overtime. Flyers Vincent Lecavalier was looking to make a line change when the puck ended up getting caught in his skates at the bench. Andrei Markov picked up the puck and sent it Desharnais who was just entering the offensive zone. His first shot attempt was saved by Emery, but Desharnais hopped on his own rebound and was able to find the back of the net to give the Canadiens the victory.

“I think we kind of stopped playing and watched them come at us,” Sean Couturier said in an interview. “It was a simple game plan that we should have stuck to.”

“Every point matters. It’s tough to swallow, coming into the third period in Montreal with a 1-0 lead. You’ve got to find a way to win that game,” Matt Read said in an interview.

While the Flyers were not able to get the extra point in the game, they have captured 12 points out of a possible 14 in their last seven games with a 5-0-2 record. The team will travel to Columbus on Friday to take on the division rival Blue Jackets. Puck-drop is set for 7 p.m.

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Ariel Melendez

Ariel Melendez is a junior, communication major at Cabrini College. Ariel is also the Sports Director for his school's radio station. Sports are a big passion of his and he loves watching and talking about every game that he sees.

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