Gal­lagher, Price lead Cana­di­ens past Fly­ers

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MON­TREAL >> Michel Ther­rien liked what he saw from the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens’ power play. He is still go­ing to keep tin­ker­ing with it.

Look­ing to jump start Mon­treal’s stalled power play, Ther­rien shuf­fled some play­ers around and that was the dif­fer­ence as the Cana­di­ens beat the Philadel­phia Fly­ers 3-1 on Mon­day night to ex­tend their win­ning streak to four games.

First-place Mon­treal (5-0-1) re­mains the only NHL team un­beaten in reg­u­la­tion time.

The main change was putting for­ward Alexan­der Radulov on the point with Shea We­ber on Mon­treal’s first power play. That strat­egy paid div­i­dends in the third pe­riod when Bren­dan Gal­lagher tipped Radulov’s shot from the point past Steve Ma­son at 13:08 to break a 1-1 tie.

“We still need to work on it, we need a lit­tle more chem­istry,” Ther­rien said. “It would have been too easy to go back to the old for­mula, but we wanted to stick with our four for­wards and one de­fense­man, and they’re the ones who won it for us tonight.”

Ther­rien felt a change was nec­es­sary as the Cana­di­ens came into the game 3 for 21 with the man ad­van­tage, 20th in the NHL.

The ex­per­i­ment looked to have back­fired though as Mon­treal went 0 for 3 with the man ad­van­tage to start the game. But Gal­lagher needed just four sec­onds into the team’s fourth op­por­tu­nity of the night to de­flect Radulov’s shot into the net.

“They won the face­off there and We­ber’s set up for a one­timer, so there’s that op­tion,” said Ma­son, de­scrib­ing Mon­treal’s game-win­ner. “But he gives it right back to Radulov. And he shoots it, and I got a good line on it, but Gal­lagher got his stick on there and changed the di­rec­tion in front of me.”

Radulov fin­ished with an empty-net goal, two as­sists, five hits, and he drew a penalty in the sec­ond pe­riod.

“It was dif­fer­ent be­cause I haven’t played a lot in that spot,” Radulov said of his po­si­tion at the point. “But with a part­ner like Shea We­ber it’s easy. I al­ways try to look to my right to give him the puck be­cause he has a bomb and we have to use that more.”

Radulov got an as­sist on Mon­treal’s first goal. We­ber put Mon­treal on the board at 5:28 of the sec­ond pe­riod with his sec­ond goal of the sea­son.

Af­ter good work be­hind the net by Radulov to get the puck back to the point, We­ber fired a slap shot that broke Bray­den Schenn’s stick and de­flected into the net.

“The game was fast and I wanted to be ready,” said Radulov, who has five points this sea­son. “I don’t want to take any shift off. The guys here know what it takes to win.”

Carey Price made 31 saves in his third con­sec­u­tive win to start the sea­son.

“I wish he had the flu again tonight but it’s not the case,” Claude Giroux of the Fly­ers said of Price. “He’s one of the best. We did a lot of good things tonight. They were able to get that power-play goal in the third to get the lead, but as a team we played a re­ally good road game.”

Af­ter We­ber’s goal, the Fly­ers (2-3-1) tied it in the sec­ond pe­riod when Jakub Vo­racek de­flected Giroux’s shot past Price at 11:47. The goal came just sec­onds af­ter Price de­nied Vo­racek all alone in front of goal.

Vo­racek has three goals in six games this sea­son.

Notes: Ma­son stopped 30 of 32 shots in de­feat. . Price played his 450th game with the Cana­di­ens. . This was the first of three meet­ings between the teams this sea­son. They meet again Nov. 5 in Mon­treal.

PAUL CHIASSON — THE CANA­DIAN PRESS VIA AP

The Cana­di­ens’ Bren­dan Gal­lagher (11) de­flects a shot into the net past Fly­ers goalie Steve Ma­son dur­ing the third pe­riod Mon­day in Mon­treal.

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