New Montreal Canadiens severely outpaced in home opener against Flyers


MONTREAL - The Canadiens fell 4-2 to the Flyers at the Bell Center on Thursday. The Habs were looking to start off the season with the new franchise with a positive showing for their new fans. Unfortunately, the team was ill prepared for the Flyers firepower, specifically in the 2nd period where the Canadiens were outshot 19-3.  The Flyers won the overall game 4-2 which is a fair score considering they outshot the home team 43-18 (31-8 in the last 40 minutes).


Canadiens captain Sergei Fedorov opened the scoring at the end of the 1st period on passes from Kravchuk and Linden.  While Dwayne Roloson pulled a miracle in the 2nd period making 17 saves, he could not stop Siren and Goulet who both scored their first goals of the season to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. 


It was more of the same in the 3rd period as Roloson would continue doing his best despite being peppered by Flyers shots.  After the Flyers took a 4-1 lead on goals from Duchesne and Linseman, the Habs PP finally scored on its 6th attempt when Stephane Quintal scored with less than 2 minutes to go.


Final score 4-2.  The Habs played in front of a packed house of 22,000 fans. Taylor Hall was injured and is expected to miss tomorrow’s game in Anaheim.  The Flyers took all 3 Game Stars spots although Roloson was also deserving with his 39 saves. 


In NMFHL news, the Rocket hosted Timmins and was on the winning end of a slobber knocker 21-13 win. Chris Osgood was in nets for Laval for the win while Allan Egeland and Ed Ward each scored a hat trick.


Next up the Canadiens are on the road to face the Anaheim Ducks.


-The Montreal Gazette