Canadiens head west on a high
It wouldn't do to be winless heading into a road trip.
The Canadiens avoided that with a superb home-ice effort.
Brian Gionta opened the scoring eight minutes into the game, and the home team blew it open with a three-goal third period.
Lars Eller got his third of the young season. Others scorers were Brendan Gallagher and Rene Bourque.
Vincent Lecavalier spoiled Carey Price's bid for a shutout.
The Canadiens outshot the visitors 34-23, including a 16-8 third-period advantage that snuffed out any hope of a comeback.
Canadiens notch first win, 4-1
Third-period goals by Lars Eller, Brendan Gallagher and Rene Bourque salted this one away.
Vincent Lecavalier, booed all night, spoiled Carey Price's shutout bid.
Canadiens 1 - Flyers 0 after two
Quiet second period.
Each team had eight shots.
Canadiens power-play is sputtering: Zippo on five opportunities
Canadiens 1 - Flyers 0
From the edge of the crease, captain Brian Gionta converted a nice Rene Bourque pass for the only goal of the first period.
Canadiens had a 10-7 shot advantage but couldn't convert on two power-plays.
But the much-maligned penalty kill was perfect.
Clash of the winless
Like the Canadiens, the Flyers dropped their home opener to the rampaging Toronto Maple Leafs.
Two teams in search of their first wins clash at the Bell Centre Saturday night.
This is Daniel Brière's first crack at his former teammates.
And it's Vincent (pause for boos and catcalls) Lecavalier's first visit to Montreal as a Flyer.
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The new 24CH series begins on RDS after the game and L'Antichambre Saturday night.
Fans will love it.
Slicker editing and a faster pace than last season's series. Best moment is during a training camp function where vets introduce the rookies.
Carey Price steals the show, reducing his coach to helpless laughter.
P.K. is good, too.