Flyers 2, Canadiens 1

The Sports Xchange
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PHILADELPHIA -- Right winger Claude Giroux had a goal and assist and goaltender Steve Mason made 20 saves to help the Philadelphia Flyers edge the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night.
Left winger Michael Raffl also scored a goal and right winger Jakub Voracek had two assists for Philadelphia (14-15-3). After going 2-3-1 on a six-game road trip, the Flyers returned home for the first time since Nov. 29 and extended their winning streak at the Wells Fargo Center to six games.
Center Alex Galchenyuk scored with 55.1 seconds left in the game to help the Canadiens avoid being shut out.
The Canadiens (19-11-3) have lost two in a row following a stretch of 9-0-1. They lost back-to-back games in regulation for the first time since Nov. 1-2.
The Flyers hardly looked like a tired team despite playing their third game in four days and second in two nights.
They took a 1-0 lead with 6:03 left in the first when Raffl scored off Voracek's pass from behind the net. Raffl's shot sailed over goaltender Carey Price's glove into the top left corner.
Giroux made it 2-0 midway through the second period, scoring off another pretty setup by Voracek, who broke in with center Brayden Schenn and Giroux on a 3-on-2. Schenn fed Voracek on the left side and he sent it across the ice to Giroux, who fired a shot past Price.
Brian Gionta put a puck in the net in the third period for Montreal, but his goal was waved off because it was riled he pushed the puck in with his glove.
NOTES: Canadiens C Daniel Briere returned to Philadelphia for the first time since playing six seasons with the Flyers. His contract was bought out last summer. Briere received a standing ovation during a video tribute in the first period. ... Flyers C Vincent Lecavalier missed his sixth straight game because of a back injury. ... The Flyers played the first of only four home games in December. ... Flyers G Steve Mason was back as the starter after replacing Ray Emery in a 7-2 loss at Chicago on Wednesday night. ... The Flyers scored the first goal for the fourth straight game. ... Canadiens LW Rene Bourque missed his fifth game in a row because of an upper-body injury.

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