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Philadelphia at Montreal

Hartnell's hat trick helps Flyers rout Canadiens

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MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien wants to remind his team that the season isn't over just because a playoff spot has already been clinched.

Therrien was angry after the Canadiens lost by four goals for a second successive game -- this time 7-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.

Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens (26-11-5), who were coming off a 5-1 loss in Toronto on Saturday. They have had two lopsided losses since clinching a playoff spot on Thursday.

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"Since we clinched, our intensity and concentration level, our attention to detail and our work ethic, have fallen a lot," Therrien said after the loss that helped the struggling Flyers end a four-game losing streak. "You see the results.

"It's a game of pride. You have to come to the rink ready to play. That's what we were not doing the last two games. There's no work ethic there right now. It's disappointing."

Scott Hartnell scored three goals, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had a goal and two assists, and Wayne Simmonds and Erik Gustafsson also scored for the Flyers (18-21-3), who matched their season high for goals as they try to make a late push for a playoff spot.

Philadelphia is in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, four places and seven points behind the New York Rangers and the postseason cutoff. The Flyers have six games remaining, starting with a home matchup with the Rangers on Tuesday.

The Flyers outshot Montreal 33-28 in a sloppy game that had the 21,273 at the Bell Centre booing the Canadiens.

Price was pulled for a second game in a row in favor of Peter Budaj. Price left at the end of the second period after allowing six goals on 29 shots.

"Carey Price obviously didn't have his best night," said Hartnell, whose team scored only three goals in its previous four games. "We had traffic in front, we were making plays, we were moving our feet in the offensive zone.

"We weren't standing still with the puck. It's lot more fun to play games like that instead of 0-0."

The Canadiens are in danger of losing three in a row for the first time this season when they play at first-place Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

"We always bounced back all season," said defenseman Francis Bouillon, who was minus-3 on Monday. "We've got a lot of character in this room.

"It would be nice to win a few games. We're not focusing on the playoffs now, but it's important for us to play some good hockey before the playoffs."

They could be without Ryan White for a while. White was ejected in the first period for a direct hit to the head of defenseman Kent Huskins, when the Canadiens were trailing 2-0 just 6:11 in. The Flyers said Huskins had a concussion, and he didn't return to the game.

White launched himself at Huskins, but missed his body and caught him on the jaw. Already in trouble with Therrien earlier in the season for taking ill-timed penalties, White's future with Montreal now looks in doubt.

Price, pulled in Toronto on Saturday after allowing three goals on four shots, gave up two goals on five Philadelphia shots before settling down. The Flyers outshot Montreal 17-8 in the first period.

"It isn't easy to play every game at the same level," Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov said. "Other players can make a mistake, and your partner can cover you. We support him."

Simmonds broke down right wing and fired a shot that was stopped by Price, but the rebound hit rookie Montreal defenseman Nathan Beaulieu and went in at 2:45.

Gustafsson's wrist shot from the point went through several bodies in front and trickled between Price's pads at 5:49.

Consecutive cross-checking calls on the Flyers' Oliver Lauridsen allowed the Canadiens to tie it as Pacioretty tipped in Tomas Plekanec's pass in the slot at 19:02. Gallagher scored from in front 38 seconds into the second.

Only 24 seconds later, Josh Gorges overskated a puck behind his net, and Claude Giroux pounced and fed Voracek as the Flyers took a 3-2 lead. Voracek's 18th goal tied a career high set last season.

Hartnell scored from the slot on a power play at 7:30, but Galchenyuk fought off a check to score at 9:11. Giroux put one in off Andrei Markov's stick at 10:46 for a 5-3 Philadelphia lead.

Hartnell snapped a shot past Budaj from the top of the left circle 12:45 into the third.

Notes

  • A moment of silence was held for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
  • Montreal rested banged-up forward Brandon Prust. White took his place in the lineup.
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Scott Hartnell (top left) watches one of his two second-period goals get past Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.  (Getty Images)
Scott Hartnell (top left) watches one of his two second-period goals get past Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Philadelphia  (18-21-3) «2417
Montreal (26-11-5)1203
Three Stars
S. Hartnell
PHI


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
C. Giroux
PHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
B. Gallagher
MON


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:45 - Wayne Simmonds (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Couturier, Schenn
05:49 - Erik Gustafsson (2), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
19:02Power Play - Max Pacioretty (12), Tip-In. Assist: Plekanec, Subban
2ND PERIOD
38.0Power Play - Brendan Gallagher (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Pacioretty, Subban
01:02 - Jakub Voracek (18), Wrist Shot. Assist: Giroux, Gagne
07:30Power Play - Scott Hartnell (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Giroux, Timonen
09:11 - Alex Galchenyuk (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Drewiske, Eller
10:46 - Claude Giroux (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Voracek, Timonen
19:27Power Play - Scott Hartnell (6), Tip-In. Assist: Voracek, Simmonds
3RD PERIOD
12:45 - Scott Hartnell (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Schenn, Briere
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
06:11White, 5 min, Elbowing
06:11White, 5 min, Fighting
06:11White, 10 min, Game Misconduct
06:11Foster, 2 min, Roughing
06:11Foster, 5 min, Fighting
06:11Foster, 10 min, Gross Misconduct
06:11Foster, 2 min, Instigator
12:30Rosehill, 2 min, Boarding
17:26Lauridsen, 2 min, Cross Check
19:23Lauridsen, 2 min, Cross Check
2ND PERIOD
04:44Couturier, 2 min, Slashing
07:08Galchenyuk, 2 min, Too Many Men on the Ice(bench)
11:25Couturier, 2 min, Cross Check
18:30Galchenyuk, 2 min, Boarding
3RD PERIOD
46.0Desharnais, 2 min, High sticking
06:38Plekanec, 2 min, Cross Check
06:38Plekanec, 2 min, Roughing
06:38Hartnell, 2 min, Roughing
10:18Pacioretty, 2 min, Roughing
10:18Rosehill, 2 min, Roughing
10:18Rosehill, 2 min, Roughing
10:18Rosehill, 10 min, Gross Misconduct
14:49Subban, 2 min, Interference
20:00Eller, 5 min, Slashing(major)
20:00Eller, 10 min, Game Misconduct
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 123T
PHI1712433
MON8101028
 
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NJ 0 Final
Tor 2
Ott 0 PPD
Bos 0
Van 5 Final
Nash 2
Dal 2 Final
Chi 5
Colu 4 Final
OT
Colo 3
Min 4 Final
Cal 3
SJ 4 Final
Pho 0