January 26 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The power play, stale for almost a month, came to life on Tuesday night and keyed the Flyers’ history-making 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center.
Power-play goals by Jeff Carter and Kimmo Timonen, both on five-on-three situations late in the opening period, ignited the Flyers, who go to the all-star break with a 33-12-5 record and 71 points.
It equals the second-best 50-game start since the franchise began in 1967, topped only by the 1979-80 Flyers, who were 35-3-12 for 82 points. That team lost to the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals.
In addition, the Flyers notched the 1,000th home win in the franchise’s history, becoming the first expansion-era (post-1967) team to reach that plateau.
Ed Snider, the chairman of the Flyers‘ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, called the accomplishment “a true testament to the many men who have put on the orange and black. This milestone represents Flyers hockey.”
The Flyers finished with three power-play goals against all-star goalie Carey Price as they improved to 3-1 against the Canadiens this season.
Defenseman Chris Pronger equaled a career high with four assists for the Flyers, who were 3 for 5 on the power play while Montreal was 0 for 7.
Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky notched his sixth straight win and improved his record to 21-6-3.
In the last few days, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette warned his players not to be looking ahead to their long break, as they did in a 5-0 loss to Florida on Dec. 20, before their holiday vacation.
The players got the message, producing one of the Flyers‘ most complete efforts of the season.
“We remembered what happened against Florida and we wanted to make sure it was a better showing,” said all-star center Danny Briere, who finished the scoring with an empty-net goal that was assisted by Bobrovsky. “It’s a lot easier to get motivated when you play the Montreal Canadiens.””
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