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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Game Notes
Tonight is the second game of the season and at the Wachovia Center for the Flyers... It is also marks the first pair of back-to-back games for Philadelphia, who will face off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night... Tonight's game is also a rematch of the Flyers' Eastern Conference Semifinal series in which Philly won in five games after going winless (0-4-0) in the 2007-08 regular season against the Habs... After managing just six goals in four regular season games, the Flyers exploded for 20 goals in the five game series to knock off the top-seeded Canadiens... After dropping the first game of the season against the New York Rangers, the Flyers have a season-opening record of 17-16-7 and home opening record to 23-12-6, including a 6-4-2 record in 12 home openers at the Wachovia Center.

Lifetime series vs. Montreal

This is the first of four meetings between these two teams in 2008-09… The Flyers have lost their last six regular season games against Montreal… The Flyers' last win against the Canadiens was on Nov. 25, 2006, 4-2 at Montreal... Philadelphia has an all-time mark of 57-69-30-3 in 159 meetings with the Habs, including six shutouts overall... The Flyers also own a 30-32-16-1 record in 79 games at home.

Injuries
TOTAL MAN-GAMES LOST TO INJURY: 4
Derian Hatcher (D): Out Indefinitely
Ryan Parent (D): Out Indefinitely
Randy Jones (D): Out Indefinitely
Steve Downie (RW): Day-to-Day

Back-to-back games
The Flyers have 18 pairs of back-to-back games this season. In 2007-08 they had 17 pairs of back-to-back games, posting a 5-6-6 record in the first game and a 7-8-2 record in the second game.

Milestones
Braydon Coburn 100th game as a Flyer.

Recent games
October 11: NY Rangers 4, FLYERS 3 at the Wachovia Center: After falling into a 4-0 deficit after the first period, the Flyers scored three unanswered goals to pull within one goal five minutes into the third period, but fell just short of the comeback in a 4-3 loss to the Rangers in their season opener on Saturday. Scott Hartnell, Simon Gagne and Mike Richards all scored for Philly, while Danny Briere recorded two assists in the loss. Antero Niittymaki stopped all 13 shots he faced coming in relief of starting goaltender Martin Biron. The Rangers' Nikolai Zherdev and Blair Betts each had a goal and an assist in the win for New York. Stars of the Game: 1st - Nikolai Zherdev; 2nd - Mike Richards; 3rd - Antero Niittymaki.


The Montreal Canadiens were the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed in last season's Stanley Cup playoffs, making them heavy favorites when they faced off with the Philadelphia Flyers in the second round.

Instead, it was the Flyers who made quick work of the Canadiens.

The teams will meet Monday for the first time since Philadelphia took four straight from Montreal last spring, prematurely ending the Stanley Cup hopes of the East's top seed.

The Canadiens (1-0-1) beat the Flyers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, but Philadelphia won the next four to eliminate Montreal and reach its first conference final since 2004.

Martin Biron and Braydon Coburn celebrate a win during last year's second round of the playoffs. (Getty Images)

"It's okay to be disappointed about how our season ended, but we can't forget how much we improved (in 2007-08) as a team," right wing Alex Kovalev told the Canadiens' official Web site, citing the team's jump from fourth place in 2006-07 to the top of the East.

Montreal didn't look much like an improved team in its season opener, a 2-1 shootout loss at Buffalo on Friday, but it looked more like the team that won the Northeast Division the next night against the rival Maple Leafs. The Canadiens scored the first five goals at Air Canada Centre on Saturday - including two power-play goals from Sergei Kostitsyn - on their way to a 6-1 rout of Toronto.

Five different players scored, including offseason addition Alex Tanguay. Acquired during the June entry draft from Calgary, Tanguay was on the ice for 19 scoreless minutes against Buffalo, but had a goal and three assists in just over 15 minutes on Saturday.

"A lot of things (were) said when we made the trade for him," Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau said. "I think he didn't really enjoy the year last year and wanted to kind of have a rebound year. He knew he was coming to a good team."

The Flyers (0-1-0) were ousted in five games in the conference finals by Pittsburgh last season, including a 6-0 loss in Game 5, and for the first period of their first meaningful game since, they appeared to be in the same fog they found themselves in during that contest.

Philadelphia gave up four first-period goals to the New York Rangers on Saturday, and though it cut the led to one early in the third, couldn't complete the comeback, losing 4-3.

"I certainly liked the effort to get back," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "It just seemed like we were a step behind."

Goaltender Martin Biron was in net for Philadelphia throughout its playoff run, and posted a 2.79 goals-against average in the series against Montreal. Biron was pulled on Saturday after 16 minutes, and backup Antero Niittymaki shut the Rangers down the rest of the way.

Biron, however, should be back in net Monday, as he's shined in his regular-season career against Montreal, going 12-7-0 with a 2.19 GAA. Niittymaki is 1-7-0 with a 3.30 GAA.

Though they scored 20 goals against the Canadiens in the playoffs, the Flyers scored only six in going winless in four games against Montreal in the regular season. With two goals, Mike Richards was the only Flyer to score more than once in the four losses.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was 3-0-0 with a 1.34 GAA against the Flyers during the season before going 1-3 with a 4.13 GAA in the playoff series.

Montreal is 6-0-1 in its last seven regular-season games in Philadelphia.

2008-2009 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 27 '09MTL 4 at PHI 3 - OTM. Schneider
Dec 18 '08PHI 2 at MTL 5S. Begin
Nov 15 '08PHI 2 at MTL 1J. Carter
Oct 13 '08MTL 5 at PHI 3R. Lang
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
A. Tanguay2134+2210
S. Kostitsyn2213+1020
G. Latendresse2123+1200
S. Koivu2033+2000
A. Markov2022+1200
R. Hamrlik2101+2200
R. Lang2101+1000
A. Kovalev2101+1001
T. Kostopoulos2011+1500
R. O'Byrne2011+1200
T. Plekanec2011+0200
P. Brisebois2000+1200
M. Komisarek2000+1000
M. Dandenault2000+0000
S. Begin2000+0400
J. Gorges2000+0000
A. Kostitsyn2000+0200
M. Lapierre2000+0200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Price21-0-14681.92.941
J. Halak11-0-01251.00.960
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
D. Briere1022+2200
S. Gagne1101+2000
S. Hartnell1101+1000
M. Richards1101+1700
G. Metropolit1011+0000
S. Eminger1011+0000
K. Timonen1000+1000
O. Vaananen1000+1000
B. Coburn1000+1400
M. Knuble1000-1200
A. Asham1000-1000
R. Cote1000-1500
S. Upshall1000-1000
J. Lupul1000-1000
J. Carter1000-1000
J. Ross1000-1200
L. Sbisa1000-1200
L. Kukkonen1000-2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Biron20-2-08406.32.800
A. Niittymaki10-0-00130.001.000
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