The Philadelphia Flyers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on the Montreal Canadiens. It didn’t stay that way. After two periods, it looked as though the Flyers had the game in hand. Former Flyer Glen Metropolit and newly acquired Dominic Moore scored goals in the span of 30 seconds for the Canadiens. The rest of the game was all about defense and the Flyers never wavered. They got the job done and held off the Canadiens 3-2. The win was not without some controversy. With under a minute to go, Darroll Powe drilled Jaroslav Spacek. This hit resulted in a boarding penalty and a game misconduct for Powe. It was clearly a questionable call. Spacek went into the corner and seemed to put his head down at the last second. It was a clean hit by Powe and clearly shouldn’t have been a boarding penalty. It gave Montreal the man advantage with under a minute to go. It didn’t matter in the end because the Flyers were stil able to overcome it and get the win. However, the game ended with a scrum in front of Flyers goalie Michael Leighton. Pronger and Hartnell along with some Canadiens, got into a heated brawl. This is interesting because the two teams will meet up again tomorrow night. I’m sure Dan Carcillo will be licking his chops come tomorrow night in Montreal.
This win puts the Flyers in 6th place in the Eastern Conference. They now have 65 points and the Canadiens fell to 7th place with 64 points. The Flyers will have a chance on Saturday to give themselves a little breathing room from the Canadiens. They will tangle in the second leg of the home and home series. 6th place is probably the highest position that the Flyers can get to. The Buffalo Sabres are in 5th place with 73 points. It will be tough for the Flyers to leapfrog the Sabres before the season is complete. If the Flyers could draw a team like the Sabres or Senators, they can win a series and move on to the second round of the playoffs. That would also give a chance for the Devils or Capitals to possibly get eliminated in the first round without the Flyers having to play them.