Flyers rebound with 2-1 win over Canadiens

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux scored, Steve Mason made 20 saves, and the Flyers beat the Canadiens 2-1 Thursday night.

Jakub Voracek had two assists, and Giroux also had an assist to help the Flyers snap a three-game losing streak that included a 7-2 loss to the Blackhawks the night before. The Flyers extended their home winning streak to six games.

Philadelphia was coming off a 2-3-1 trip in which it finished 0-2-1.

Mason shut out the Canadiens for 59 minutes before Alex Galchenyuk scored with 55.1 seconds left to cut it to 2-1.

Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin was ejected for elbowing Flyers forward Steve Downie late in the second period.

The Canadiens have lost two in a row after going 9-0-1. They followed a 6-0 loss at home to the Kings on Tuesday with another offensive clunker.

The Flyers didn't show any ill effects from their 13-day trip.

Raffl gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead in the first period with his second NHL goal. Voracek set it up with a perfect pass from behind the net to Raffl in the slot. Raffl wristed a shot over goalie Carey Price's glove into the top corner.

Raffl didn't score in his first 17 games but has two goals in three games this week.

Another crisp pass from Voracek set up Philadelphia's second goal. Brayden Schenn took the puck up the middle, and he passed it to Voracek, who was skating down the left side. Voracek sent a crossing pass to Giroux coming down the right wing, and he beat Price with a slap shot.

Danny Briere, a fan favorite during six seasons with the Flyers, returned to Philadelphia for the first time since his contract was bought out in July. Briere got a standing ovation during a video tribute in the first period, and he waved to the crowd from the bench.

The Canadiens had a goal disallowed in the third period because Brian Gionta pushed it in with his hand while sliding headfirst into the crease.

Game highlights: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing three goals on 13 shots in the game's first 11:10 and the visiting Blue Jackets won 4-2. New York lost its fourth straight loss. Columbus has won four of five. … Craig Anderson stopped 40 shots in the host Senators' 2-1 win over the Sabres.

Flames fire Feaster: Jay Feaster was fired as general manager of the Flames, with the team in next-to-last place in the Western Conference entering Thursday. Assistant general manger John Weisbrod also was let go. President of hockey operations Brian Burke will serve as acting GM.

Burke, hired in September, said the moves were needed to get the franchise back on track toward a championship. Calgary did not make the playoffs in Feaster's two full seasons as GM.

"I'm not a patient person," Burke said. "I've said this before. I was born impatient. I'm going to die impatient. I know that. It can't come as fast as I'd like it to come."

Feaster, 51, became acting GM midway through the 2010-11 season. He was the Lightning's GM from 2002-08, a tenure that included Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup win. He resigned in July 2008, saying then-new owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie, "didn't need my advice or counsel."

Burke previously has served as GM in Vancouver, Toronto, Hartford and Anaheim. He said he doesn't want to be the Flames' GM. Calgary got permission form the Stars to interview their former GM Joe Nieuwendyk for the job, media reports said. Nieuwendyk, fired in April, is still under contract.

Around the league: The Hurricanes activated forward Alexander Semin from injured reserve. He missed 12 games with a concussion suffered Nov. 16 against the Blues. … Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who missed his third straight game Thursday against the Islanders, is out for the "foreseeable future" with an unspecified illness, coach Dave Tippett said. Doan is still having tests, Tippett said. … Panthers goalie Tim Thomas left practice, and coach Peter Horachek said if Thomas was hurt, he wasn't sure how severe the injury was. Jacob Markstrom was recalled from AHL San Antonio on an emergency basis.

at Flyers 1 1 0 2
Canadiens 0 0 1 1

First1, Phila, Raffl 2 (Voracek, Giroux), 13:57. PenaltiesCouturier, Phi (high-sticking), 5:04; Emelin, Mon (interference), 15:36.

Second2, Phila, Giroux 6 (Voracek, B.Schenn), 9:43. PenaltiesSubban, Mon (elbowing), 6:01; Emelin, Mon, served by Gallagher, major-game misconduct (elbowing), 16:15.

Third3, Mont, Galchenyuk 9, 19:04. PenaltiesGionta, Mon (high-sticking), 20:00; Gallagher, Mon, double minor (roughing), 20:00; Mason, Phi (high-sticking, roughing), 20:00. Shots on GoalMont 4-9-8—21. Phila 9-9-9—27. PP opportunitiesMont 0 of 1; Phila 0 of 3. GoaliesMont, Price 14-10-2 (27 shots-25 saves). Phila, Mason 11-9-3 (21-20).

Blue Jackets 3 0 1 4
at Rangers 1 0 1 2

First1, Clm, Calvert 4 (Atkinson, Tyutin), :38. 2, Clm, Anisimov 8 (Comeau, Jenner), 8:46. 3, Clm, Savard 1, 11:10. 4, NYR, D.Moore 1 (Richards), 14:08. PenaltiesZuccarello, NYR (goaltender interference), 6:18; Tyutin, Clm (holding), 12:07; Johansen, Clm (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:19; Dorsett, NYR (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:19.

SecondNone. PenaltiesFoligno, Clm (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:10; Boyle, NYR (unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:10; Dubinsky, Clm (high-sticking), 13:24; Dubinsky, Clm (high-sticking), 15:51.

Third5, NYR, Girardi 2 (Zuccarello, Del Zotto), 11:07. 6, Clm, Johansen 11 (Tyutin), 18:28. PenaltiesProut, Clm (holding), 9:48; Dorsett, NYR (high-sticking), 9:48. Shots on GoalClm 16-6-5—27. NYR 16-11-7—34. Power-play opportunitiesClm 0 of 2; NYR 0 of 3. GoaliesClm, McElhinney (16 shots-15 saves), McKenna 1-0-0 (0:00 second, 18-17). NYR, Lundqvist 9-14-1 (13-10), Talbot (11:10 first, 14-13).

at Senators 1 1 0 2
Sabres 1 0 0 1

First1, Ott, Ryan 15 (Turris, Conacher), 9:22. 2, Buff, Ennis 7 (Stafford, McBain), 17:39 (pp). PenaltiesScott, Buf (goaltender interference), 2:10; Smith, Ott (high-sticking), 17:01.

Second3, Ott, Smith 5 (Turris, Ryan), 6:39. PenaltiesE.Karlsson, Ott (hold), :47; Scott, Buf (trip), 4:30; McCormick, Buf, major (fighting), 11:08; Gryba, Ott, major (fighting), 11:08; Condra, Ott (high-sticking), 12:25.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesGryba, Ott (slashing), 11:31; Pysyk, Buf (interference), 15:02; Michalek, Ott (holding), 17:57. Shots on GoalBuff 11-13-17—41. Ott 13-7-12—32. Power-play opportunitiesBuff 1 of 5; Ott 0 of 3. GoaliesBuff, Miller 6-17-0 (32 shots-30 saves). Ott, Anderson 9-8-3 (41-40).

Flyers rebound with 2-1 win over Canadiens 12/12/13 [Last modified: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:58pm]

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