NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Montreal
(Sunday, February 5th)
Final Score: Montreal 5, Philadelphia 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Michael Ryder netted his first career hat trick and Cristobal Huet made 25 saves for his second straight shutout to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre.
Jan Bulis and Sheldon Souray scored the other goals for the Canadiens, who have won their last two games.
Huet stopped 35 shots in Montreal's 2-0 win over Boston on Saturday. This shutout was Huet's second this season and sixth in his career.
Antero Niittymaki made 31 saves for the Flyers, who have dropped three straight and five of their last six games.
The Canadiens opened up the scoring with a 5-on-3 power-play goal. Alex Kovalev had the puck in the high right circle and sent it to Saku Koivu down low on the right side. Koivu immediately sent the disc to the left side, where Ryder one-timed it into the wide open net with 8:46 left in the first period.
"This is the state were in right now," said Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock. "We played great yesterday and didn't get rewarded. We had a flat start to this game. Montreal took advantage and scored 5-on-3. They took advantage of our mistakes. We have to regroup. We have to get some healthy guys back in our lineup. We didn't play our best game today. We have some things we have to talk about in the next 48 hours."
Montreal made it a 2-0 game on Bulis' 14th goal of the season. A turnover at the Philadelphia blue line led to Tomas Plekanec getting the puck. He skated it to the high slot and got the disc to Bulis at the right circle. Bulis snapped a wrister over Niittymaki's left shoulder 10:42 into the second period.
The Habs gave themselves a 3-0 lead early in the final 20 minutes. A scrum in the neutral zone resulted in Steve Begin getting the puck. He skated into the Flyers zone and from the left side sent the puck to the slot, where it was redirected through Niittymaki's five-hole by Ryder just 40 seconds in.
Montreal continued to pour it on and Souray made it a 4-0 game with a one- timer from the left point 6:23 into the final period.
Ryder got his hat trick during a 5-on-3 power play with a little over three minutes to play to wrap up the scoring.
"The main thing is that we got another win," said Ryder. "It was kind of a rush to get my first hat trick. There were a lot of positive things we did yesterday. Our goaltender made the saves when we needed it to get out of the slump."
Philadelphia returns home for a game against the Islanders on Wednesday...Montreal hosts Buffalo for the first installment of a home-and- home series on Tuesday...The Canadiens have won three straight games versus the Flyers...Montreal went 2-for-6 on the power play and Philadelphia failed on all five of its attempts...The last time Montreal posted back-to-back shutouts when Jose Theodore blanked New Jersey and Pittsburgh on February 5 and 7, 2002, both 1-0 victories.
02/05 18:09:58 ET