Ice Hockey: Red-hot Flyers edge Habs in overtime

Ross Houston
December 3, 2019

Brian Elliot started in goal for the Flyers and allowed 2 goals on 30 of the Blue Jackets shots on his way to picking up the win for Philadelphia.

Fabbri opened the scoring at 11:47 of the first period with his sixth goal of the season, his fifth in 12 games as a Red Wing.

Ovechkin scored the first empty-netter to make it 4-2, then stole the puck from Larkin in the neutral zone and fended off Filip Hronek with one arm to score his third goal of the night. Backup Keith Kinkaid stopped 25-of-29 shots. "We have to keep the game more in reach".

Montreal enters today's game having dropped six straight games, going 0-4-2, and have been outscored 31-16 in the process.

The Canadiens gave up 20 goals in their previous three games, forcing Claude Julien to tinker with his defensive pairings.

Travis Konecny, Kevin Hayes and Justin Braun also scored for the Flyers.

Six-foot-three defenceman Gustav Olofsson, recalled from the AHL's Laval Rocket, made his Canadiens debut playing alongside rookie Cale Fleury.

The Canadiens ranked 10th in the National Hockey League in offence after Thursday's loss, scoring an average of 3.32 goals per game, but defence wins championships and the Habs' defence has been awful. K. Kinkaid saved three goals whereas B.Elliott of Flyers saved three goals. Mike Reilly and Brett Kulak were healthy scratches.

Detroit has been outscored 19-2 in its past four games.

The matchup Friday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams. The first-line winger blocked Shea Weber's slap shot with his back before beating an out-of-position Elliott. Goalie Carter Hart is 7-5-3 with 1 shutout and a goals against average of 2.54.

The Canadiens answered back less than two minutes later through Tatar's second of the contest, 11 seconds into Provorov's tripping penalty.

"We showed character throughout the 60 minutes", said Tatar, who has nine goals this year. "It took us awhile to get going, but in the second half (of the game) we earned it". Voracek averages almost a point per-game against the Habs, recording 28 points (7g-21a) in 29 games with 26 of the 28 coming as a Flyer.

Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete left the game after suffering a lower-body injury during the second period.

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