Montreal Canadiens vs Philadelphia Flyers Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
FINAL | Round 1 – Game 1 | Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Philadelphia Leads Series 1-0
|Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON|
Flyers LineupForward lines
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Joel Farabee
Scott Laughton – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konecny
Jakub Voracek – Derek Grant – Nicolas Aube-Kubel
James van Riemsdyk – Nate Thompson – Tyler PitlickDefense pairings
Ivan Provorov – Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim – Philippe Myers
Shayne Gostisbehere – Justin BraunGoaltenders
Carter Hart – Brian ElliottScratches
Andy Welinski, Andy Andreoff, Morgan Frost, Robert Hagg, Egor Zamula, Mark Friedman, Connor Bunnaman, Alex Lyon, Kirill UstimenkoInjuries
Michael Raffl (lower body), Oskar Lindblom
The Flyers cruised through the exhibition game and round robin games with an undefeated 4-0 record. The Canadiens stunned the hockey world with their upset victory over the Penguins in their qualifying round series. So what could you expect when the top seed in the East took on the bottom seed in the first of a best-of-seven series? It seems that this summer it’s best to expect the unexpected.
For the opening 20 minutes of play, the game looked about as you’d think it would: Philadelphia vastly outshot Montreal, clogged the neutral zone, and pinned the Canadiens in their own zone. As a bonus, the Flyers finally snapped their 0-for-11 power play drought when Ivan Provorov fired a blast from the blue line on the man advantage and the puck was tipped by Paul Byron‘s stick into his own net.
Things got a little dicey toward the end of the period when Derek Grant drove hard to the net and Xavier Ouellet cross-checked him from behind, right into Carey Price. Grant clipped Price’s head as he careened into the net, for which Price took exception and had to restrain himself from coming to blows with Grant while he was down.
The second period, however, was a complete role reversal. This time it was the Flyers on their heels for the bulk of the frame, with the Habs forechecking, forcing turnovers, and getting plenty of shots on Carter Hart. To his credit, Hart was not shaken in net and denied a lot of dangerous shots.
Scott Laughton had a prime opportunity to play hero once again, when Price went down to make a save and Laughton, at point blank range from the slot, had a wide open net to shoot on. However, the Montreal goaltender made a highlight-reel save by getting just a piece of his stick blade on the puck as it sailed toward Nick Suzuki‘s head.
Then it was the Canadiens’ turn to wake up their power play when captain Shea Weber hammered home a second attempt while Hart was tangled up in the crease. Just 16 seconds later, however, Joel Farabee was practicing good net-front presence when Travis Sanheim fired a shot from the point which banked off of Price’s pads and Farabee was able to tap in the rebound.
The game seemed to even out a bit in the third period, with both teams keeping up a blistering pace and forechecking hard. Both goaltenders needed to be on their game, and they performed well. Montreal had a few chances to lock up the scoreboard again, but found iron more often then not.
Philadelphia was fortunate to come out of this game with an early series lead, and they’ll now know that Montreal has the ability to keep up with the top team in the conference. Friday afternoon’s Game Two matchup should be another entertaining event.
Plus / Minus
▲ Carter Hart, Joel Farabee, Ivan Provorov
▼ Nate Thompson, Matt Niskanen
|1 for 3||Power Play||1 for 1|
Stars of the Game
|NHL Official Three Stars|
What Did They Say?
Alain Vigneault: “…We’ve been a good faceoff team, there’s a good internal communication between our guys who take draws.”
Ivan Provorov on Joel Farabee: “He’s been great for us…He has poise, he’s been making plays and scoring and helping us big time. I think he deserves to play on that line.”
Quotes courtesy of Amy Johnson for Rocket Sports Media
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Flyers take a 1-0 series lead against the Canadiens!— The Flyers Report (@theflyersreport) August 13, 2020
Close game with a standout performance by Carter Hart.
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