Canadiens top Flyers 4-1 for 3rd straight win
MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are still feeding off their lopsided loss on home ice to the rival Toronto Maple Leafs last week.
The Canadiens earned their third straight win Saturday night when Brendan Gallagher and Rene Bourque each had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 victory over the sagging Philadelphia Flyers.
The win came a week to the day after a 6-0 whitewashing by Toronto at the Bell Centre.
Defenseman Josh Gorges said the club did right to forget that defeat and focus on the games ahead.
"I thought the way we handled that game, with (Erik) Cole getting the guys together, guys talking and coming back to work the right way. ... You can lick your wounds and feel sorry for yourselves and point fingers, but instead of doing that we decided to look in the mirror, and be accountable and get better," Gorges said. "We had a good week."
The Canadiens rebounded with a 4-3 shootout win at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night and a 1-0 overtime win over the Panthers in Florida on Thursday before putting away Philadelphia.
"It was important to bounce back," coach Michel Therrien said. "We got better each game. I like how we competed. I couldn't ask for more."
David Desharnais and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Canadiens, while backup Peter Budaj got his first win in three starts this season while filling in for Carey Price, who was at home sick. Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta each had a pair of assists.
Daniel Briere had the lone goal for the Flyers, who have lost three of their last four and looked tired and listless as they were outshot 29-19. The Flyers had only seven shots when Briere scored more than halfway through the second period.
Captain Claude Giroux's concern with his team's flat play was evident when he spoke after the game.
"There's no compete," he said. "We're not winning battles.
"We're just going through the motions. You know, we're a young team that can skate. We should be winning more battles than this. It's just frustrating to see. I know I have to be better, but a team is 20 guys and you need everybody to show up."
Brian Boucher started in place of Ilya Bryzgalov and had little chance on the Montreal goals.
"Sometimes there are games where you go out there and see how it plays out," Boucher said. "You don't want to play the game that way. You want to be on the attack, on the balls of your feet. Maybe that was the case tonight."
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