PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 22: P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens and Danny Briere #48 of The Philadelphia Flyers battle for the puck during their game on November 22 2010 at The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Flyers Use Special Teams, Emotion To Overcome Montreal Canadiens, 5-2

The NHL-leading Philadelphia Flyers are host one of their Eastern Conference rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. You can find the game on Versus.

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Canadiens Vs. Flyers: Philadelphia Uses Special Teams To Roll Over Habs

Here's the reaction from our Flyers blog, Broad Street Hockey:

You know what's fun? When the Flyers get emotional, and then they use that emotion to get their opponent completely off their game, and then while said opponent is down, they bash their faces in with three goals in two minutes, 41 seconds. 

You know what's awesome? When they do that to the Montreal Canadiens.

The fuse was lit just six seconds into the game when P.K. Subban started yapping at Mike Richards. Dan Carcillo came over, and somehow (especially since Carbomb was involved), cooler heads prevailed. A little more than three minutes later, though, Carcillo was cross-checked in the back by Scott Gomez.

He went down pretty easily, but while he was down, Gomez turned around and flipped the puck in his direction. I don't think the Versus cameras caught that, and the officials didn't either. Danny certainly did, though, and he took the opportunity to let Gomez know how he felt. Blair BettsChris Pronger and Brian Gionta got involved as well, but Carbomb picked up a roughing call to off-set the original cross-checking minor to Gomez.

Late in the period, Montreal proceeded to get really dumb. Three penalties in 91 seconds, and the last one, a Subban slashing penalty, was the icing on the cake. Everybody laughed as he skated to the box, and nine seconds later, they turned to cheers as Jeff Carter's redirection gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. With a two-man advantage still going about a minute later, Kimmo Timonen's blast from the point made it 2-0. 

Read more at BSH. Get the Montreal perspective over at Habs Eyes On The Prize.

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Canadiens Vs. Flyers: Philadelphia Takes 2-0 Lead Thanks To Undisciplined Habs

The Flyers haven't been a very good power play team this season, but judging only by the first period, you wouldn't really know that. Then again, when you add a ton of emotion into the mix and your hated opponent takes three penalties in 91 seconds, it gives you plenty of reason to capitalize.

The home team did just that in the first period. Andrej Kostitsyn went to the box for slashing at the 16:03 mark of the first, and 1:11 later, teammate Jaroslav Spacek joined him with a holding call. The Flyers couldn't capitalize immediately, but when P.K. Subban, who the Flyers quite frankly can't stand, took a penalty for slashing Danny Briere 20 seconds later, that was all they needed.

The fans laughed as Subban skated to the box, and nine seconds later, the laughs turned to cheers as Jeff Carter re-directed a shot in front of Carey Price and into the back of the net. 1-0, and the Flyers were still privy to a 5-on-3 edge. 

1:03 later, and the Flyers still up two men, Kimmo Timonen blasted a shot from the point that beat Price cleanly. That's where we stand now after one period. Philadelphia's up two, flying high on emotion. Meanwhile, Montreal's going to have to find a way to rein in their own emotion, because it's clearly out of control.

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Canadiens Vs. Flyers: Dan Carcillo, P.K. Subban And Mike Richards Exchange Early Words

Early on in tonight's game between the Flyers and Canadiens, fans who like the rough stuff are already disappointed that this will be the last tilt of the year between the two clubs. On the first shift, just six second into the game, P.K. Subban had words with Mike Richards. 

Richards called out Subban in the media after the team's met in Montreal earlier this season, so there's clearly a history there. Richards' linemate, Dan Carcillo, got in Subban's face as well on the play. Subban's been booed every time he's touched the puck tonight in Philadelphia. 

A few minutes after the initial incident, Scott Gomez of the Canadiens cross-checked Carcillo in the back in front of the Flyers bench. There's no doubt that No. 13 in orange embellished a little bit as he went down to the ice, but as the penalty was called on the play, Gomez threw the puck at Carcillo, who was still on the ice. The Versus' cameras apparently didn't pick that up, and neither did the eyes of the officials.

The Flyers didn't like it too much, though, and Carcillo jumped on the chance to go after Gomez. Chris Pronger and Blair Betts also jumped in, but Carcillo picked up the only roughing penalty. 

This game will be fun. These teams hate each other, and really, it might be one of the most underrated rivalries in the NHL.

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Canadiens Vs. Flyers: Eastern Rivals Battle For Final Time This Season

We haven't even hit the All-Star Break, but tonight at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Flyers and Montreal Canadiens will face off for the final time on the year. That is, of course, unless the meet in the playoffs again.

That's looking ahead though, and we should be focused on this meeting tonight. The Flyers enter as the NHL's best team, tied with the Vancouver Canucks for that mark. They can eclipse the 70 point mark with a win tonight, and that would put them close to their pace for their second-best season ever. 

So to say the Habs, who have lost two of three to Philadelphia this season, have a challenge on their hands would be an understatement. Chris Pronger is back on the Flyers blueline, Sergei Bobrovsky is back to his impressive October form and it seems like no matter who is on the ice for the, they can put the puck in the net.

But while the Flyers are a smoldering 9-2-0 in their last eleven, the Canadiens are an impressive 3-0-2 in their last five. Nothing to sneeze at. They do it mostly thanks to solid defense and goaltending, allowing only 2.39 goals per game, good for sixth in the NHL.

These two teams love to mix it up physically when they meet, and nothing different should be expected tonight. P.K. Subban is hated by the Flyers, thanks in part to Mike Richards' comments about him earlier in the season, and just about all of the Flyers are hated by the Canadiens. It makes for entertaining hockey. 

Tonight's game will be broadcast nationally on Versus beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. In Canada, viewers can catch the game on RDS.

We'll be at the Wells Fargo Center tonight providing live updates on the game. Until then, you can get the Philadelphia perspective at Broad Street Hockey (which, full disclosure, I'm the editor of), and you can get the Montreal perspective at Eyes On The Prize

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