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Konecny scores twice as Flyers defeat Canadiens, 5-3

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on

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PHILADELPHIA -- Many fans who attended the Eagles' Super Bowl parade and heard the unedited version of Jason Kelce's speech ventured over to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night for the first-of-its-kind doubleheader: A championship parade followed by a Flyers-Montreal Canadiens matchup.

The nightcap wasn't as memorable as the parade, but, for the Flyers, it was meaningful.

Travis Konecny scored a pair of goals and Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere each had three points as the Flyers defeated the Canadiens, 5-3, and stayed atop the wild-card standings in the Eastern Conference. They also moved to within one point of New Jersey, the third-place team in the Metropolitan Division.

Montreal pulled its goalie and, with Scott Laughton in the penalty box, had a six-on-four advantage when Brendan Gallagher scored to cut the Flyers' lead to 4-3 with 2 minutes, 54 seconds left. But Ivan Provorov secured the win with an empty-net goal with 55.9 seconds to go.

Earlier, Jake Voracek, making amends for a turnover that led to a short-handed goal, scored a power-play tally on a right-circle blast to put the Flyers ahead to stay, 3-2, with 19:33 remaining in the third. Sixty-one seconds later, Konecny knocked in a rebound after the puck trickled through goalie Carey Price and stopped in the crease.

The Flyers have not lost in regulation to Montreal at home since April 2, 2010, going 11-0-1 since that defeat.

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After the Flyers failed on three attempts to clear the puck, the Canadiens tied the score at 2 when Logan Shaw pounced on a loose puck in front and beat Brian Elliott with 1:11 left in the second.

Giroux's power-play goal -- a blast from just above the left circle -- had given the Flyers a 2-1 lead with 10:23 left in the second. Wayne Simmonds set up a screen in front of Price.

"I was just trying to get a puck on net, and it was a great screen by Simmer," said Giroux, who on Tuesday criticized his play after a 2-1 overtime win in Carolina.

Giroux scored 28 seconds after Artturi Lehkonen's short-handed goal tied the game, 1-1. Lehkonen stripped the puck from Voracek in the neutral zone and raced ahead of the pack. It was the ninth short-handed goal allowed by the Flyers this season, equaling the most in the NHL.

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