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Canadiens ground surging Flyers

Dec 19, 2008 - 4:17 AM
MONTREAL (Ticker) -- Sergei Kostitsyn, Steve Begin and Guillaume Latendresse each netted a goal and set up another Thursday as the Montreal Canadiens ended the Philadelphia Flyers' five-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory.

Matt D'Agostini and Alexei Kovalev also scored and Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

"(Alex) Tanguay almost had one early there and we were buzzing," D'Agostini said. "Right from the first shift, we were going and that kind of set us up for the rest of the game."

Arron Asham tallied and assisted on defenseman Braydon Coburn's goal and Antero Niittymaki turned aside 25 shots for the Flyers, who had posted a 12-1-2 record over their previous 15 contests.

"As of late we've been playing really good hockey, but it was one of those nights where the pucks just wouldn't go in," Asham said. "We've got a lot of skill up front, so we're not too worried about the scoring situations. It was just one of those nights that we have to put behind us and be ready for the next game."

Montreal, which was eliminated by Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, did not waste any time getting a measure of revenge in this one.

"I think that was the response I was expecting (from Kostitsyn and Latendresse)," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "When you have to take a player off the roster and put him in the stands there's always a reason for it.

"I don't do it because I'm mad or I hate the guy, I do it for a reason. To see the player work hard when they come back, we see we were right and I think they understand why and know that we have to work hard every day."

D'Agostini opened the scoring exactly six minutes into the game, accepting a long outlet pass from Maxim Lapierre and beating Niittymaki with wrist shot.

Kostitsyn doubled the advantage just over 4 1/2 minutes later with his fourth goal of the season. The 21-year-old's power-play goal with 9:27 left in the first period snapped the Canadiens' 1-for-26 skid with the man advantage.

Begin continued the offensive onslaught, tallying his fifth goal of the campaign with 4:34 left in the opening session. But the Flyers answered 32 seconds later with Asham's goal.

"You can't win them all. We got off to a slow start, but we picked it up as the game rolled on and we had some chances," Flyers center Jeff Carter said. "We were shooting high and wide a lot and their goalie played well."

Kovalev gave Montreal some breathing room in the second, beating Niittymaki on a breakaway with quick wrist shot to the glove side. Kovalev converted a perfect outlet pass from Begin into his 900th career point.

"I was just trying to stay late on the changes and I saw Steve (Begin) had the puck, so I just tried to split the defense," Kovalev said. "At that time I wasn't even thinking about that (900 points) or I probably wouldn't have scored.

"I told (Begin) you are a part of history now. I assisted on Mike Gartner's 600th goal, so it was definitely nice to see Steve make such a great pass. It's a big achievement you always feel that you just got into the league, first point, first goal and then you're at 900 points. It's hard to imagine being in the league 16 years and having 900 points."

Halak, who has started five straight games in place of injured starter Carey Price, picked up his second win since October 20.

Andrei Kostitsyn left late in the second period and did not return. He will be evaluated Friday for a lower body injury.






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    Flyers 2, Canadiens 5  FinalDec 19 5:53 PM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 1 0 1 2
    MONTREAL 3 1 1 5 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - MATT D'AGOSTINI 5 (MAXIM LAPIERRE, PATRICE BRISEBOIS)
    6:00
    MON - (PP) SERGEI KOSTITSYN 4 (ROBERT LANG, GUILLAUME
    LATENDRESSE) 10:33
    MON - STEVE BEGIN 5 (TOM KOSTOPOULOS, SERGEI KOSTITSYN)
    15:26
    PHI - ARRON AS

    Dec 18 9:45 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    MONTREAL 5
    3RD PRD: MON - (PP) GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE 4 (ROBERT LANG, ALEX
    TANGUAY) 18:57

    Flyers 2, Canadiens 5  3rd - 1:03Dec 18 9:44 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 2
    MONTREAL 4
    3RD PRD: PHI - BRAYDON COBURN 3 (GLEN METROPOLIT, ARRON ASHAM) 13:28

    Flyers 2, Canadiens 4  3rd - 6:32Dec 18 9:23 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 1 0 1
    MONTREAL 3 1 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - MATT D'AGOSTINI 5 (MAXIM LAPIERRE, PATRICE BRISEBOIS)
    6:00
    MON - (PP) SERGEI KOSTITSYN 4 (ROBERT LANG, GUILLAUME
    LATENDRESSE) 10:33
    MON - STEVE BEGIN 5 (TOM KOSTOPOULOS, SERGEI KOSTITSYN)
    15:26
    P

    Dec 18 8:41 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    MONTREAL 4
    2ND PRD: MON - ALEXEI KOVALEV 7 (STEVE BEGIN) 12:40

    Flyers 1, Canadiens 4  2nd - 7:20Dec 18 8:18 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 1 1
    MONTREAL 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - MATT D'AGOSTINI 5 (MAXIM LAPIERRE, PATRICE BRISEBOIS)
    6:00
    MON - (PP) SERGEI KOSTITSYN 4 (ROBERT LANG, GUILLAUME
    LATENDRESSE) 10:33
    MON - STEVE BEGIN 5 (TOM KOSTOPOULOS, SERGEI KOSTITSYN)
    15:26
    P

    Dec 18 7:48 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 1
    MONTREAL 3
    1ST PRD: PHI - ARRON ASHAM 3 (SCOTTIE UPSHALL) 15:58

    Flyers 1, Canadiens 3  1st - 4:02Dec 18 7:44 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    MONTREAL 3
    1ST PRD: MON - STEVE BEGIN 5 (TOM KOSTOPOULOS, SERGEI KOSTITSYN) 15:26

    Flyers 0, Canadiens 3  1st - 4:34Dec 18 7:42 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    MONTREAL 2
    1ST PRD: MON - (PP) SERGEI KOSTITSYN 4 (ROBERT LANG, GUILLAUME
    LATENDRESSE) 10:33

    Flyers 0, Canadiens 2  1st - 9:27Dec 18 7:30 PM


  • NHL
    PHILADELPHIA 0
    MONTREAL 1
    1ST PRD: MON - MATT D'AGOSTINI 5 (MAXIM LAPIERRE, PATRICE BRISEBOIS)
    6:00

    Flyers 0, Canadiens 1  1st - 14:00Dec 18 7:22 PM