Habs winners and losers vs. Flyers
The Canadiens beat the Flyers 4-1 at the Bell Centre Saturday night, but finished the game without the services of Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher.
Both went down with upper body injuries after playing some effective hockey on a newly-formed line centred by David Desharnais.
Head coach Michel Therrien told reporters when this one was over that he'd know more about the extent of the injuries tomorrow, with the Habs scheduled to skate over the noon hour at Brossard.
Gallagher left the game early in the third after being on the receiving end of a check thrown by Luke Schenn. Pacioretty went down after sliding into the Flyers goal post some ten minutes later.
The hurtin' didn't stop there. With two minutes to play, Alexei Yemelin was run from behind by Claude Giroux and went down awkwardly, but didn't require a trip to the dressing room. And some 30 seconds later, a puck flipped up and hit Colby Armstrong in the face and he was escorted off the ice.
Bendan Gallagher, David Desharnais, Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque, into an empty net, scored for the Canadiens in front of Peter Budaj, who kicked out 18 shots in getting the call in place of Carey Price, who was out with the stomach flu. Bourque was awarded the goal after being hauled down from behind, with Flyers' goalie Brian Boucher on the bench for an extra attacker.
"Our team played great," said Budaj. "We played really well defensively, it's very important, the little things tonight -- guys worked hard and worked together."
Both Gallagher and Pacioretty were working on two-point nights before they were forced out with injuries.
The Habs outshot the Flyers 12-2 in the first period and set the tone for the rest of the night.