November 17 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Frustration, in hockey, usually ends in fisticuffs. Not goals.
For the Flyers, it was easy to become frustrated at the boisterous Bell Centre in Montreal.
Last night, it wasn’t the “Ole, Ole” chant or the “Nah, Nah, Hey Hey Goodbye” taunt or any of the 21,273 rabid, red-clad fans packed into the NHL’s most electric building that caused the Flyers to unravel at center ice.
It was, however, the two untimely penalties that led to Canadiens goals, the lack of any urgency in the third period, an 0-for-6 night on the power play, and the brick wall that mysteriously replaced Carey Price – a goaltender the Flyers usually own.
Even Chris Pronger didn’t get to keep the puck this time.
Undoubtedly, the Flyers put in a winning effort, firing 41 shots on goal with another 15 blocked.
But on a night when you outshoot your opponent 18-1 in the final 13:27 of the second period and are still outscored 1-0 in that time, it probably just wasn’t your night to win.
Alas, all superb runs must come to an end at some point.
For the Flyers, that point was last night, in their 3-0 shutout loss to the Northeast Division-leading Canadiens, the first meeting of the teams this season. Michael Cammalleri’s 5-on-3 power-play goal less than 10 minutes into the game ended up being the game-winner, snapping the Flyers‘ undefeated-in-regulation streak at 9-0-1.
It was the Flyers‘ longest 10-game run without a loss in regulation since Dec. 17, 2005, to Jan. 6, 2006.
“I thought we owned the second period,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “The ice was tilted, I thought. We were down in their end the whole time. They got a goal. We wanted to come out with the same zip in the third [period], but that didn’t happen.”
Instead, after rolling over the Canadiens in the second period but failing to solve Price, it took the Flyers 8 minutes and 8 seconds to get their first shot of the period. They had just four in the first 16:08 of the third period.
Their 41 shots on goal were the most by the Flyers in a game in which they were shutout since Jan. 26, 1989, when Clint Malarchuk and the Washington Capitals turned aside 42 shots in a 1-0 win at the Spectrum.”
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