NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, January 25th)
Final Score: Montreal 5, Philadelphia 3
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jan Bulis scored four goals to single- handedly carry the Montreal Canadiens past the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3, at the Wachovia Center.
Bulis' first career four-goal game helped the Canadiens snap both a three-game overall and seven-game road losing streak, as Bulis netted Montreal's first four goals in the game.
Steve Begin also scored and Cristobal Huet made 24 saves in the win.
Simon Gagne, R.J. Umberger and Freddy Meyer all lit the lamp for the Flyers, who lost for the fifth time in their last seven games. Robert Esche faced only 15 shots in net, but managed just 10 saves in the loss.
Peter Forsberg continued to have injury problems for Philadelphia, as the star center had to leave after the first period because of a left groin strain. He missed two games last week because of the injury, which also forced him to miss six straight contests earlier in the season.
"We made some really poor decisions and we gave up three or four odd man rushes," said Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock. "Even though we only gave up 15 shots, we played really poor defensively."
Down 3-2 in the second period, the Canadiens answered with a power-play goal as Bulis completed his hat trick. Tomas Plekanec carried into the zone along the right side before hitting Bulis, who was able to tip the puck into the net with 3:57 left in the stanza.
Bulis' fourth goal of the game gave Montreal the lead for good 3:11 into the third. He streaked to the left side of the goal, tipped home Niklas Sundstrom's pass into a wide open net.
Midway through the third, Gagne carried the puck in front of his own net from behind the goal, but overskated the disc. Begin pounced on the loose puck and flipped the gift over Esche for a 5-3 lead at the 8:40 mark.
"As soon as Peter went out, our whole energy level just fell off the cliffs," Hitchcock said."
The Flyers jumped to a quick 2-0 lead just 7:05 into the first period, but couldn't hold the advantage.
Gagne netted his career-high 34th goal of the season off a rebound just over four minutes into the game and Meyer tallied a goal on a shot from the right point just under three minutes later.
Bulis' first two goals though tied the contest. After his first tally at the 8:17 mark of the first, Bulis uncorked a shot from the right circle past Esche 6:18 into the second frame.
The Flyers took a 3-2 edge with 5:39 left in the second on the power play after Umberger deflected Petr Nedved's one-time shot from the right circle past Huet.
Gagne's previous high of 33 goals came during the 2001-02 season...The last Montreal player to score four goals in a game was current Flyer Brian Savage, who accomplished the feat on January 8, 1998 against the New York Islanders...Philadelphia's Branko Radivojevic had to leave the game late in the third with a leg injury after crashing into the boards feet first...Montreal finished 1-for-4 on the power play. The Flyers were 1-for-7 on the man advantage.
01/25 23:45:10 ET