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Flyers give up 3-0 lead; lose in shootout

On Saturday, there were two versions of the Philadelphia Flyers to be observed.

Through the first two periods, the Flyers looked like a team that was on its way to win the first game of the season. But in the third, they were a team that barely came away with a point.

The Flyers blew a 3-0 lead in the third period, ultimately losing 4-3 in the shootout to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. The Flyers (0-2-1) lost their third straight game, starting the season with three losses for the third straight year.

"It sucks," winger Wayne Simmonds said. "We were up 3-0. Obviously you don't get the two points, you’re disappointed."

4/10/14 Recap: Isles Top Canadiens 2-0

The Islanders went into Montreal Thursday night and threw a serious wrench into the Canadiens chances of earning home-ice advantage in the playoffs as they blanked the hosts 2-0.

Game Preview: Islanders Against the Canadiens

The Islanders head into Montreal to continue to play out the string of this disappointing season as the Canadiens have everything in the world to play for. Translation, the guys in white could be in for an ugly night.

Hawks downed by Habs in OT; face Oilers at home Sunday night

 

In an exciting matchup between two Original Six teams, Corey Crawford was stellar, stopping 36 shots as the Hawks managed to earn a point against the Montreal Canadiens.

 

Andrei Markov would be the only Canadien to score, tallying both of Montreal’s goals while Marian Hossa scored the lone goal for Chicago.

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Blackhawks face the Habs in Montréal on Saturday

The Chicago Blackhawks will face another Original Six team on Saturday night as they play the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montréal.

Last year, the Canadiens completely missed the playoffs and languished near the bottom of the league for most of the shortened season. This year, the team has turned around completely: with a 25-15-5 record and 55 points, they're sitting at third in the Atlantic division. They have a strong penalty kill - 3rd best in the league, at 86.3%.

Additionally, eight Habs will be representing their home country in the Olympics: Carey Price and P.K. Subban for Canada; Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin for Russia; Max Pacioretty for the U.S....

Flyers Hang On to Spoil Briere's Homecoming

A loud ovation after a long-awaited return home greeted Danny Briere.

All that was missing was a victory. Briere didn't get that as the Flyers held on for a 2-1 win over the Canadiens to snap a three-game losing streak.

Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux both scored for the Flyers, who held a 2-0 lead into the final minute of play. Steve Mason didn't get the shutout but he made 20 stops in the win.

The win came less than 24 hours after the Flyers were hammered by the Canadiens, 7-2.

(Photo: Daniel Briere battles with Luke Schenn. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Postgame 11/10: Islanders @ Canadiens

The New York Islanders lose to the Montreal Canadiens for their 4th loss in a row.

Habs Trio Shuts Down Flyers

Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller are a pretty exciting trio for Montreal.

The Flyers weren't very entertained by them though, and rightfully so. The trio combined for six points in the Canadiens' 4-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday.

Hartnell's Hat Trick, Three-Point Nights for Giroux, Voracek Lead Flyers

The Flyers offense woke up in a big way, but it may have been little too late.

With playoffs well out of reach, the Flyers exploded out of their four-game losing skid and scoring funk to beat the Canadiens, 7-3, Monday night.

The Flyers have had a problem with scoring lately but they shook that off early. Just over two minutes into the game, Wayne Simmonds created a scoring chance to put the Flyers up 1-0.

Simmonds followed his own rebound with another shot on net. The puck was then deflected in off the stick of Sean Couturier to get past Carey Price to put the Flyers on the board first.

(Pictured: Scott Hartnell scores in the 2nd period. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)