Flyers 7, Canadiens 3

Sean Farrell, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MONTREAL -- Scott Hartnell had a hat trick, and Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek added three points apiece for the Philadelphia Flyers, who ended a four-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist, and Erik Gustafsson also scored for Philadelphia, which kept its slim playoff hopes alive.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves for the Flyers, who are in 12th place overall in the Eastern Conference with 39 points. Philadelphia, which has not missed the playoffs since 2007, is seven points out of the eighth and final playoff spot with six games remaining.
Montreal goalie Carey Price was chased for a second straight start. Price, who stopped 23 shots, allowed six goals through the first two periods and was replaced by Peter Budaj at the beginning of the third. Budaj stopped three of the four shots he faced.
Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who lost their second in a row. Rookies Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal, which remains in first place in the Northeast Division -- despite losing three of four -- with 57 points.
The Canadiens have six games remaining, one fewer than the Boston Bruins, who are one point behind in second place. The Bruins' game against the Ottawa Senators was postponed after Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Hartnell scored two of the Flyers' four goals in the second, including a power-play tally with 33 seconds left to put Philadelphia up 6-3. He completed his hat trick with his seventh of the season on Budaj 12:45 into the third.
Simmonds and Gustaffson scored just over three minutes apart to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead 5:49 in.
The Canadiens came back to tie it at 2 on power-play goals by Pacioretty, who scored with 57.2 seconds left in the first, and Gallagher, who got his 13th 38 seconds into the second.
Voracek got his 18th goal 24 seconds later to put the Flyers up 3-2, and Hartnell made it a two-goal lead again at 7:30.
Galchenyuk drew the Canadiens within 4-3 at 9:11 of the second.
Giroux scored his 13th at 10:56 to make it 5-3.
Price was pulled midway through the first period of Montreal's 5-1 loss in Toronto after allowing three goals on four shots.
NOTES: Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins left the game 6:11 in after he was struck in the head on an open-ice hit by Montreal's Ryan White. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced on the team's Twitter feed that Huskins suffered a concussion and would not return. White, who appeared to catch Huskins with his left elbow, was given a game misconduct and majors for a headshot and for fighting with Philadelphia's Kurtis Foster, who got a minor for instigating, a fighting major and a misconduct after coming to his teammate's defense. ... Canadiens coach Michel Therrien kept left wing Brandon Prust out of the lineup for precautionary reasons. Prust suffered what appeared to be an injury to his left arm or shoulder when he was checked into the boards Saturday night in Toronto. ... Montreal defenseman Raphael Diaz skated with his teammates earlier in the day for the first time in seven weeks. Diaz, who missed his 23rd game, has been sidelined since Feb. 25 because of a concussion. ... A moment of silence was observed prior to the game for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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