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Flyers shake off Chicago rout by edging Canadiens

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Mason stopped 20 shots, while Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux supplied the offense as Philadelphia edged Montreal, 2-1, on Thursday.

Jakub Voracek posted a pair of assists for the Flyers, who put together a solid defensive effort in stark contrast to a 7-2 loss in Chicago on Wednesday which capped a six-game road swing.

"It was a character game coming off a long trip, getting in late last night," said Mason. "All the guys played hard tonight. It says a lot. We're happy with the victory."

Philadelphia has won six in a row on home ice this season and six straight against the Habs here since November of 2010.

Alex Galchenyuk picked up a late tally and Carey Price made 25 saves for the Canadiens, who have lost two in a row after winning five straight.

"These are the games where you have to stay focused and just try to do your job," said Price about the lack of support from his offense. "You have ultimately one goal out there, that's to stop the puck. It's the only thing you have to worry about."

The Canadiens had a goal waved off with 6:35 left in the contest. Galchenyuk's shot from the left wing trickled through the crook of Mason's arm and into the crease. An onrushing Brian Gionta made an attempt to swat it home with his stick, but missed and knocked the disc home with his left glove instead.

Price was called to the bench for an extra skater twice in the final 1:38, and Galchenyuk's poke at a loose puck in the crease with 55.1 seconds remaining pulled the Habs to 2-1, but the visitors had nothing more in the tank.

Raffl opened the scoring when he ripped a shot home from the high slot with 6:03 left in the first period. Giroux won a left-circle draw and shuttled the puck around behind Price to Voracek, who fed back in front to the goal scorer.

"I was so happy when I saw him this morning," said Raffl of his father, who was in attendance along with the fathers of his other teammates. "He didn't get the chance to watch so many games that I played, and I don't think he's ever saw an NHL game, so that's something special for me tonight."

Mason made an easy stop on Travis Moen during a 2-on-1 short-handed chance early in the second, and though the Flyers didn't click on the advantage, Giroux beat Price to the far side from the right circle at 9:43.

Habs defenseman Alexei Emelin elbowed Steve Downie in the head, drawing a major and game misconduct with 3:45 remaining. The best chance for the hosts until the period came to a close was Brayden Schenn's break-in, but Price got that shot with his blocker.

Montreal checked away the final portion of the Emelin penalty to start the third but remained behind by two scores.

"We did a good job killing it, you want to get momentum off of that," said Gionta. "We tried but we just couldn't generate too much. We started too late, we started to come on towards the end, we got some good chances and got pucks to the net but it again was too late."

Game Notes

The Flyers improved to 4-2 in the second game of back-to-back contests this season ... Montreal hasn't won in Philadelphia since a 1-0 decision on April 2, 2010 ... Canadiens forward Danny Briere returned to Philly for the first time since his buyout and subsequent signing by Montreal, putting three shots on goal in 14:13 of ice time ... Prior to the game, the Flyers signed forward Chris VandeVelde and assigned forward Tye McGinn to Adirondack of the AHL ... In a post-buzzer scrum, Mason drew two minors, while Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher was handed two minors and Gionta given one for high sticking.

12/12 23:28:31 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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