Habs Offer Turkey for Thanksgiving
Claude Giroux scored two goals for the Philadelphia Flyers to beat the Habs on the afternoon after Thanksgiving.
The first period was a lackluster affair as both teams were looking for their legs after having their Thanksgiving dinners. Less than three minutes into the game the Habs got called for one of their infamous too many men penalties. In true Hab fashion this season it was killed off with hardly any shots recorded on Carey Price. Nokelainen scored his first goal as a member of the Canadiens near the end of the first with assists going to Hal Gill and Josh Gorges...yes it was that kind of afternoon. The shots in the first period was 10-4 in favour of the Habs-.
The second and third period were all Flyers, Carey Price played exceptionally well on this rare afternoon game. However teh Flyers proved to be too much for the young defensive corps and the Flyers prevailed 3-1. The shots on goal ended up as 31-17 in favour of the Flyers.
There was no sense of urgency and one got the feeling the Habs just wanted to get the game over with. The only time during the game there seemed to be some urgency and focus other than Price was during the penalty kill, which has been outstanding this season.
The power play was atrocious - surrendering several odd man rushes - and if it were not for the man in net the score would have included at least one short handed goal. The Flyers on teh penalty kill concentrated on Plekanec, Weber and Diaz who coughed up the puck with some regularity.
Bobrovsky was by far the least busy of the two tenders and made somne key saves when it counted. Claude Giroux and Matt Read were outstanding for the Flyers going to the net and making their presence felt.
The Flyers deserve full marks for their victory - make no mistake about that, taking fll advantage of what the Habs handed them on a silver serving platter.