Flyers Hang On to Spoil Briere's Homecoming
A loud ovation after a long-awaited return home greeted Danny Briere.
All that was missing was a victory. Briere didn't get that as the Flyers held on for a 2-1 win over the Canadiens to snap a three-game losing streak.
Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux both scored for the Flyers, who held a 2-0 lead into the final minute of play. Steve Mason didn't get the shutout but he made 20 stops in the win.
The win came less than 24 hours after the Flyers were hammered by the Canadiens, 7-2.
"You’re going to have games like last night, hopefully not a lot, but it’s good to rebound, especially the next day," Giroux said. "I think for us to play the next day it was good, we don’t have to think about Chicago and just go right back at it. I think that was one of our best 60-minute performances."
Raffl found out through a text from Giroux earlier in the day that he was going to play on the top line with the captain and Jakub Voracek.
With just over six minutes left in the first, Raffl found the back of the net for the second time of the season.
Right off a face off Giroux got the puck to Voracek, who skated behind the net. Raffl went to the slot, received an open pass from Voracek and beat Carey Price glove side.
“I know that when he has the puck he’s going to try to find me somewhere and I’m going to get open,” Raffl said of Voracek.
In the second, Giroux scored just over five minutes into the period to make it 2-0. From there the Flyers held on to keep Montreal out of the net.
They did that for the first 59 minutes of the game but Alex Galchenyuk finally put the Canadiens on the board.
Glachenyuk received a pass from Brian Gionta and put it on net. The Flyers tried to clear but the puck somehow squirted through Mason's pads and trickled across the blue line to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Flyers held on at that point for the win.
Briere registered three shots on goal, playing over 14 minutes in his return to Philadelphia.
The 36-year-old Briere played from 2007 to 2013 in Philadelphia before being bought-out and signing with Montreal in the off season. Briere scored 124 goals for the Flyers during that span.
“It was a cool feeling, just seeing old friends and families," Briere said. "It was a special night, just too bad it didn’t end up with a ‘W.’”