Carter scores twice as Flyers hold off late rally by Canadiens to win 3-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeff Carter scored his 25th and 26th goals, and Michael Leighton made 31 saves in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 32 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.
After Carter scored late in the first period and early in the second, Matt Carle made it 3-0 at 3:17 of the second. Carle’s shot from the blue line deflected off Montreal defenceman Ryan O’Byrne and past goalie Casey Price.
Montreal’s Glen Metropolit and Dominic Moore made it close, scoring in a 56-second span early in the third period.
The Flyers have won three straight, coming back from twogoal deficits in consecutive nights against Martin Brodeur and New Jersey in the first two.
Philadelphia has won nine of its past 11 home game, beating Montreal at home for the first time since March 6, 2006.
Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban made his NHL debut after Andrei Markov was a late scratch. The 20-year-old Subban was a second-round pick in 2007 and a twotime gold medal winner with Canada in the World Junior Championships. with Atlanta last week, Kovalchuk took a pass from Patrik Elias and beat Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne with a snap shot from between the circles at 8:24 of the final period.
The fans roared and quickly started throwing hats on the ice, something usually reserved for a hat trick. After waiting four-plus games for the high-scoring Russian to score, the action seemed appropriate.
Elias, Travis Zajac, Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner also scored, with Parise putting in the rebound of Kovalchuk’s powerplay chance with 6:52 left to ice the Devils’ fifth win in 16 games (5-9-2). COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mikael Samuelsson scored on a lazy, deflected popup that wafted over goalie Steve Mason’s head, capping the Vancouver Canucks’ comeback from a two-goal deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Friday night.
It was the first loss for interim coach Claude Noel after he won his first three.
In addition to Samuelsson’s goal eight minutes into the third period, Sami Salo had the tying goal earlier in the period and Nolan Baumgartner and Kyle Wellwood also scored.
Rick Nash, Jared Boll and Raffi Torres had goals for Columbus, which failed in its attempt to win a fourth game in a row for the first time this season.
Andrew Raycroft (100-100-26) collected his 100th career win.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux skates around Montreal Canadiens defenceman Roman Hamrlik, of the Czech Republic, in the second period of an NHL game Friday in Philadelphia.