MONTREAL — Already feeling a desperate need to get their next win, the Canadiens reacted positively to a rough reminder that slumps put jobs on the line.
Carey Price made 21 saves for his 100th win, Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist, and Montreal ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Flyers on Wednesday.
Assistant coach Perry Pearn was fired before the game. General manager Pierre Gauthier told his players in the dressing room a few hours before warmups.
"It was a big shock to all the players. We didn't see it coming at all," said Pacioretty, who was a game-time decision because of a wrist injury. "When things are not going your way, you've got to mix things up, and it kind of sent a message to the players that they're willing to do what it takes to win hockey games."
Pearn was responsible for the power play. Montreal entered the game 3-for-32 with the man advantage. It was 1-for-5 against the Flyers.
This was the Canadiens' first win at home (1-3-2). Montreal, 2-5-2 overall, had not gone this deep into a season before getting its second win since 1941-42, when it started 1-10-1.
Jaromir Jagr got his third goal in two games for Philadelphia.
Kings: All-Star defenseman Drew Doughty was cleared for contact drills for the first time since getting hurt Oct. 15 on a hit by the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo, and he hopes to play tonight at Dallas. The team has said Doughty had an upper-body injury unrelated to his head.
Rangers: The team becomes the last to play its home opener when it hosts the Maple Leafs tonight. The Rangers played their first seven games in three countries over almost three weeks while the first stage of a three-part renovation of Madison Square Garden was completed. The project won't be finished for two more years. The arena also will shut down the next two summers for more around-the-clock construction. For now, the home and visitors' dressing rooms are new, as is the lower bowl of seats.
First Period—1, Philadelphia, Jagr 3 (Carle, Hartnell), 10:43. 2, Montreal, Weber 2 (Desharnais), 19:57 (pp). Penalties—Philadelphia bench, served by Meszaros (too many men), :58; Eller, Mon (hooking), 3:03; Gill, Mon (hooking), 14:24; Lilja, Phi (interference), 18:40.
Second Period—3, Montreal, Kostitsyn 3 (Spacek, Pacioretty), 10:26. 4, Montreal, Pacioretty 3 (Subban, Plekanec), 12:38. Penalties—Gorges, Mon (interference), 6:43; Meszaros, Phi (hooking), 16:13; Kostitsyn, Mon (elbowing), 18:49; Voracek, Phi (high-sticking), 20:00.
Third Period—5, Montreal, Pacioretty 4 (Plekanec, Gorges), 3:16. 6, Montreal, Cammalleri 3 (Desharnais, Cole), 15:36. Penalties—Giroux, Phi (roughing), 12:00; Plekanec, Mon (elbowing), 12:00; Simmonds, Phi, misconduct, 18:10; Moen, Mon, misconduct, 18:10; van Riemsdyk, Phi (hooking), 18:45. Shots on Goal—Philadelphia 8-10-4—22. Montreal 5-11-12—28. Power-play opportunities—Philadelphia 0 of 4; Montreal 1 of 5. Goalies—Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 3-3-1 (28 shots-23 saves). Montreal, Price 2-4-2 (22-21).