Bobrovsky started his 11th straight game, and Price started for the 17th time in the Canadiens' 18 games.
But neither goalie played as if he were tired. Bobrovsky could be faulted for only one of the three goals against him, and Price made 41 saves — 33 in the first two periods — in getting his third shutout of the season, 3-0.
"He made some really good saves in the first period to keep us in it," Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban said of Price, "and he gave us an opportunity, and we took the lead, so we just kept on building after that, but he stood on his head."
Bobrovsky made 25 saves in the Flyers' first regulation loss since Oct. 25; they had accumulated points in 10 straight games (9-0-1). Montreal won its fourth straight in the game between division leaders that featured a lot of penalties, a lot of rough stuff and a lot of insults in an ugly final period.
The Flyers took eight of the 14 penalties called in the third, and 35 of the 60 penalty minutes between the teams.
"We wanted to come out with the same zip in the third that we did in the second, and it didn't happen," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "It was kind of frustrating at that point. Shots heavily in our favor, chances heavily in our favor … and we're down on the scoreboard, and we're fighting, and we can't seem to find a goal."
Game highlights: The host Maple Leafs scored four power-play goals in the second period, and they broke an eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Predators. The Leafs, who trailed 3-0 and 4-1, were 4-for-8 on the power play overall. Said Predators coach Barry Trotz said, "When are we going to learn? You have a team down and out, you have them on the floor gasping for air, and you let them off the mat. We stopped working, we stopped skating, and therefore you take penalties. We deserved exactly what we got in the end."
Canadiens: Top defenseman Andrei Markov has a right knee injury and a "long-term absence" is expected, the team said, without offering specifics. Markov was injured Saturday against the Hurricanes when he got tied up with Carolina's Eric Staal going after a loose puck behind the Montreal net. Last summer he had surgery on the knee after tearing the ACL in the second round of the playoffs against the Penguins.
Senators: The team will attend a memorial service this morning in Ottawa for the 14-year-old daughter of assistant coach and former player Luke Richardson, who died Saturday from injuries sustained in an attempt to hang herself. It then will take a charter flight to Raleigh, N.C., to take on the Hurricanes at 7 tonight. The NHL normally requires teams to travel to the city in which they're scheduled to play a day in advance. The Senators received permission to alter their plans. "You just look at (the Richardsons') situation, and what is traveling on a game day, what does all that mean?" defenseman Chris Phillips said. "It's about being here for the Richardsons, and the hockey stuff will take care of itself."
First Period—1, Montreal, Cammalleri 5 (Gionta, Kostitsyn), 9:36 (pp). Penalties—Lapierre, Mon (slashing), 2:28; M.Carle, Phi (slashing), 8:16; Pronger, Phi (delay of game), 8:39.
Second Period—2, Montreal, Plekanec 7 (Gionta, Moen), 13:48. Penalties—Zherdev, Phi (holding), 1:26; Powe, Phi (elbowing), 5:12; Gill, Mon (holding), 9:40; Subban, Mon (cross-checking), 11:10; Hartnell, Phi (high-sticking), 15:51.
Third Period—3, Montreal, Gionta 5 (Plekanec, Subban), 6:24 (pp). Penalties—Powe, Phi, major (fighting), 2:06; Lapierre, Mon, major (fighting), 2:06; van Riemsdyk, Phi (goaltender interference), 5:48; Richards, Phi (roughing), 8:53; Kostitsyn, Mon (roughing), 8:53; Subban, Mon (roughing), 8:53; Pouliot, Mon (slashing), 12:24; Coburn, Phi (hooking), 15:07; O'Donnell, Phi, misconduct, 16:09; Giroux, Phi (slashing), 16:09; Subban, Mon (slashing), 16:09; Hartnell, Phi, misconduct, 17:59; Lapierre, Mon, served by Pouliot, minor-misconduct (roughing), 17:59; Shelley, Phi (cross-checking), 18:35. Shots on Goal—Philadelphia 13-20-8—41. Montreal 11-8-9—28. Power-play opportunities—Philadelphia 0 of 8; Montreal 2 of 6. Goalies—Philadelphia, Bobrovsky 11-3-1 (28 shots-25 saves). Montreal, Price 11-5-1 (41-41). A—21,273 (21,273).
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First Period—1, Nashville, Dumont 3 (Legwand, Suter), 8:13. 2, Nashville, Tootoo 2 (Legwand, Ward), 11:33. 3, Nashville, Erat 1, 11:43. 4, Toronto, Schenn 1 (Kessel), 19:30. Penalties—None.
Second Period—5, Nashville, Goc 3, 4:41 (sh). 6, Toronto, Versteeg 3 (Kessel, Kadri), 6:22 (pp). 7, Toronto, Versteeg 4 (MacArthur, Kaberle), 7:21 (pp). 8, Toronto, Grabovski 4 (MacArthur, Kaberle), 14:21 (pp). 9, Toronto, Kulemin 5 (MacArthur, Grabovski), 16:44 (pp). Penalties—Bouillon, Nas (holding), 3:32; Suter, Nas (slashing), 5:17; Klein, Nas (delay of game), 5:36; Suter, Nas (hooking), 7:09; Hornqvist, Nas (goaltender interference), 13:12; Ward, Nas (hooking), 16:28.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Schenn, Tor (hooking), 4:31; Smithson, Nas (slashing), 7:17; MacArthur, Tor (delay of game), 11:48; Weber, Nas (hooking), 19:47. Shots on Goal—Nashville 12-8-14—34. Toronto 11-17-5—33. Power-play opportunities—Nashville 0 of 2; Toronto 4 of 8. Goalies—Nashville, Rinne 4-5-2 (33 shots-28 saves). Toronto, Giguere (28-24), Gustavsson 2-3-1 (6:50 third, 6-6). A—19,069 (18,819).
First Period—1, Dallas, Ott 4 (Richards), 14:43 (pp). Penalties—Grossman, Dal (boarding), 1:09; Blake, Ana (hooking), 3:03; Ott, Dal (interference), 6:29; Mara, Ana (tripping), 13:48; Parros, Ana, major (fighting), 15:25; Grossman, Dal, major (fighting), 15:25; Niskanen, Dal (holding), 18:14.
Second Period—2, Anaheim, Perry 9 (Selanne, Visnovsky), 8:29 (pp). Penalties—Segal, Dal (hooking), 1:53; Grossman, Dal (delay of game), 6:49; Parros, Ana, major (fighting), 12:14; Barch, Dal, major (fighting), 12:14; Wandell, Dal (delay of game), 16:34; Perry, Ana (slashing), 17:29.
Third Period—3, Dallas, Richards 8 (Eriksson, Neal), 8:24. Penalties—Selanne, Ana (slashing), 10:10; Selanne, Ana (elbowing), 12:50; Blake, Ana (roughing), 16:36; Fistric, Dal (roughing), 16:36. Shots on Goal—Anaheim 9-6-12—27. Dallas 7-11-8—26. Power-play opportunities—Anaheim 1 of 6; Dallas 1 of 5. Goalies—Anaheim, Hiller 8-6-2 (26 shots-24 saves). Dallas, Lehtonen 8-6-0 (27-26). A—13,443 (18,532).