Flyers 1, Canadiens 0: Magnificent Mrazek marvels in Montreal

Updated: February 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm by Zac DeMedio

Flyers (34-19-10, 78 PTS) @ Canadiens (23-29-10, 56 PTS) F/SO

Philadelphia went into Montreal on Monday to finish out their season series with the Habs, and for a game that started slow, boy did it ever pick up after regulation. The Flyers won 1-0 in a shootout, backboned by Petr Mrazek and goals scored by Jake Voracek and Sean Couturier in the skills competition. This is the Flyers sixth straight win, and they now hold sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan division. Tonight, Petr Mrazek claimed his 14th career shutout, and his first for the Flyers. He made 28 saves in regulation and stoned five players during the shootout.

1ST PERIOD

The game opened with a bang, literally as Shayne Gostisbehere got in a tussle with Max Pacioretty after he took down Travis Konecny. Philadelphia got an early power play out of it that they could not get anything going. The Flyers controlled play throughout the opening 20 minutes, but headed to the locker room with nothing to show for it. Charlie Lindgren stood tall for the Habs; making 10 saves and Petr Mrazek held up his end of the bargain, stopping all 3 shots he saw.

2ND PERIOD

Unlike the 1st period, it was Montreal who had the better of the chances during the second stanza. Just like the first period though, the period belonged to the two men standing between the pipes. Petr Mrazek came up especially big for the Orange & Black, showing why Ron Hextall went and traded for the 26 year old before the trade deadline. Mrazek’s best save as a Flyer came late in the period, as the Canadiens worked a 2-on-1 which lead to Paul Byron getting an attempt on an essentially open net. Mrazek sprawled back into his net with his stick and corralled the puck into his equipment. Both goalies have stopped all 18 shots they’ve seen.

3RD PERIOD

Petr Mrazek kept up his brilliance through the final period and Lindgren matched him save for save. Philadelphia had a chance to win the game on a man advantage with 5 minutes to go, but couldn’t muster a shot on goal. Philadelphia outshout the Canadiens 28 to 22 in regulation.

OVERTIME

The change of pace from regulation to overtime was incredible. Both goalies made multiple 10 bell saves throughout the five minute period. Travis Konecny almost scored the goal of the season, spinning and dekeing his way through two Canadiens before being denied by the post.

SHOOTOUT

MTL: Galchenyuk – NO GOAL

PHI: Giroux – NO GOAL

MTL: Byron – GOAL

PHI: Patrick – NO GOAL

MTL: Drouin – NO GOAL

PHI: Voracek – GOAL

MTL: Lehkonen – NO GOAL

PHI: Weal – NO GOAL

MTL: Hudon – NO GOAL

PHI: Konecny – NO GOAL

MTL: Schlemko – NO GOAL

PHI: Couturier – GOAL

QUICK HITTERS

Petr Mrazek is quickly earning his stripes for the Philadelphia Flyers, in his first three starts he has won each game. The amount of big saves he made tonight allowed the opportunity for Philadelphia to scoop up the two points. If he keeps performing this way, the net will undoubtedly become his come the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

For the second time in franchise history, the Flyers have recorded 10 wins during the month of February. This year they went 10-1-2, and the only other time this happened was during the 1975/76 season where they went 10-0-4.

What an incredible turnaround for this team, on December 3rd they were in dead last in the Metropolitan division. Since then, they’ve gone on a 26-8-4 tear catapulting them into first place.

NEXT GAME

Flyers vs Carolina, 3/1 @ 7:00 P.M.

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