Fly­ers shaded by Mon­treal

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To­mas Plekanec scored a short-handed goal in the third pe­riod to lift the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens to a 5-4 win over the Philadel­phia Fly­ers on Satur­day night.

To­mas Plekanec scored a short­handed goal in the third pe­riod to lift the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens to a 5-4 win over the Philadel­phia Fly­ers on Satur­day night.

An­drei Markov, Greg Pateryn, Alex Galchenyuk and Phillip Danault also scored for Mon­treal (10-1-1) while Carey Price stopped 34-of-38 shots.

Chris Van­deVelde, Shayne Gostis­be­here, Claude Giroux and Travis Konecny scored for Philadel­phia (6-6-1), which saw its three-game win­ning streak snapped. Michal Neu­virth made 12 saves in de­feat.

Plekanec scored the even­tual win­ner at 10:57 while the Habs were play­ing down a man. Streak­ing down the wing, Plekanec beat Neu­virth for his first goal of the sea­son.

Satur­day’s con­test was the sec­ond game of a backto-back for Mon­treal. The Habs were com­ing off a 10-0 drub­bing at the hands of the Blue Jack­ets on Fri­day — the first time Mon­treal con­ceded 10 goals since Dec. 2, 1995.

Cana­di­ens coach Michel Ther­rien played around with his lines on Satur­day, most no­tably putting Art­turi Lehko­nen on the first line with Galchenyuk and Alexan­der Radulov.

But it was Mon­treal’s de­fense­men who pro­vided the of­fense to start the game.

Markov made it 1-0 just 1:06 into the game, jump­ing on a give­away by Sean Cou­turier and fir­ing home his first of the year. Neu­virth got his glove on Markov’s slap shot, but not enough of it as the puck trick­led in.

After Van­deVelde and Gostis­be­here got two goals in quick suc­ces­sion for the vis­i­tors, Pateryn made it 2-2 for Mon­treal at 9:09 of the first. The young de­fense­man just threw the puck on net, and a screened Neu­virth saw ab­so­lutely noth­ing un­til it was al­ready too late.

Galchenyuk put the Cana­di­ens ahead late in the sec­ond pe­riod, scor­ing at 18:38 on Mon­treal’s third shot of the mid­dle frame. The first-line cen­tre, all alone at the side of Neu­virth’s goal, took a cross-ice pass from Radulov through traf­fic and scored into a gap­ing net for his fourth goal of the sea­son.

Galchenyuk now has six points in his last five games.

After Danault made it 4-2, Giroux made things in­ter­est­ing in the third pe­riod, scor­ing on the power play. But Plekanec scored his short-handed goal on the same four-minute mi­nor to Andrew Shaw.

Konecny got the Fly­ers back to within one goal at 16:16, but that’s as close as the vis­i­tors would come.

NOTES Mon­treal is 9-0-0 when scor­ing first this year . ... The Cana­di­ens re­main per­fect at home this sea­son 7-0-0. ... The Habs are 6-0-0 at home against the Fly­ers in their last six games . ... This was the sec­ond of three meet­ings be­tween Philadel­phia and Mon­treal this sea­son.

GRA­HAM HUGHES — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Fly­ers goal­tender Michal Neu­virth and de­fense­man Shayne Gostis­be­here re­act after Mon­treal Cana­di­ens’ Phillip Danault scores dur­ing the third pe­riod Satur­day.

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