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Video: All hell breaks loose after Flyers hang on for 2-1 victory over the Habs

Dec 13, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT


The obvious storyline heading into the Flyers’ Thursday evening tilt with the Montreal Canadiens was the return of Danny Briere to Wells Fargo Center for the first time since he was bought out by the Flyers and subsequently signed with the Canadiens this past summer.

And while Briere didn’t score despite registering three shots on goal in 14 minutes, 13 seconds of ice time, that isn’t the reason most people won’t be talking about him after Thursday’s game.

Philadelphia hung on for an important, 2-1 victory over Montreal but the water-cooler talk on Friday will be all about the scrum that ensued after the final horn between Flyers’ goalie Steve Mason and a couple of Habs.

Check it out for yourself:

Insert uncreative, unfunny line from a writer not based in Philadelphia about the Flyers and goalie fights here.

Anyway, from that video, it’s difficult to see exactly what started the melee but Mason was trying to protect his crease and get a good look at the puck as the Canadiens pressured with just a few seconds remaining. He gave Habs’ captain Brian Gionta a shot to the back. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Goalies do that all the time.

Gionta must’ve taken offense to it and said something incredibly flattering to Mason about how good his 20-save performance was because Mason responded with a crosscheck to the chest. Then it got real.

Gionta and fellow Hab Brendan Gallagher – who are 5 feet 7 inches tall and 5 feet 8 inches tall, respectively – jumped Mason. Matt Read jumped to his goalie’s aid and tried to tangle with Gallagher but the linesmen stepped in before long.  Gallagher then proceeded to mouth off to the Flyers bench on his way to the locker room. Scott Hartnell, of all people, had to hold back Steve Downie from doing something stupid with the rest of the Montreal players at the red line.

The best part was after the ruckus when Ray Emery did his best Mr. Miyagi impression and smiled and congratulated Mason like Mason just gave Gionta and Gallagher the crane kick.

All that aside, it was a big win for the Flyers.

They responded nicely with a full, 60-minute effort and gave up just 21 Montreal shots a night after allowing seven goals and taking a shellacking in Chicago.

Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux – who played on the same line for the first time after Hartnell was bumped down to the second line with Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn – lit the lamp for the Flyers. The goals were the players’ second and sixth on the season, respectively.

The Canadiens cut the lead to one with just under a minute remaining but the Flyers were able to hang on.

The win enabled Philadelphia to stay just two points behind Carolina for the last Metropolitan Division playoff spot and just four points behind Toronto for the last Wild Card playoff spot.

  1. CashOnly - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Great game and big win for the Flyers. Good to see Briere get his due with the fans and I hope the Flyers can keep the momentum going against the Caps on Sunday. Ovie seems to be turning things up as of late and it should be a real barn-burner in DC.

  2. t800m101 - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Sucks Rosehill was scratched and Vandevelde (another useless player) was in the lineup instead. It would’ve been nice to see Rosehill tune up some Les Fagitants that went after Mason.

  3. BenE. - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Gionta was holding Mason’s stick underneath his arm, and Mason responded with a shove to Gionta’s back. That’s how it started.

    I wish all hell actually did break loose after that. I hate the Habs. Parros is the only one on their team who can beat any of our boys up (which is why Rosehill should be dressed against them).

    • galasso2586 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      I’m guessing, but after the stupid penalty that Rosehill took in the 3rd Period in Chicago on Wednesay he may not have been dressed as more of a disciplinary decision.

      • BenE. - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Yeah could’ve been. I was thinking it was a little “congrats” to Vande Velde because of the contract he just signed.

      • t800m101 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Are you talking about the coincidental 10-minute misconduct? Besides, the game was already decided by that point, if there’s a time to start shit, that’s the perfect time.

      • galasso2586 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        I’m talking about the somewhat punch/face wash that he did on Andrew Shaw, I believe, right after the Luke Schenn Elbowing call and let the Blackhawks have a 5-3 PP when they scored their 7th goal.

    • MJS - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      That was awesome last night.

      Couldn’t you argue that the Habs shouldn’t have played Parros because Rosehill wasn’t dressed? We don’t have to always be so reactive. Also, VandeVelde played pretty good. That fourth line had some chances last night. The Flyers stayed out of the box last night, which was very important against that team.

      Would Rosehill have gotten 10 games if he fought anyone at the end of the game because he left the bench?

      • BenE. - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Shanahan may have tried to suspend anyone for “leaving the bench to join an altercation” because that’s how he is, even though the Flyers were coming on the ice to celebrate, not fight.

        As for Parros, the Habs clearly see value in George. Rather have him in the lineup than some fringe AHLer who won’t score and won’t check. Besides, you never know when the Flyers goaltenders are going to step out of line. ;)

      • MJS - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        I meant more if Rosehill and Parros just went at it during the altercation. He probably would have gotten some sort of suspension. Our next two games are against the Caps…and Emery won’t be able to protect everybody.

    • t800m101 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      It was on Duncan Keith I believe. Look, at that point the outcome of the game was no longer in doubt. When you’re down by that much with that little time remaining you have to rough the other team up.

  4. whibdog - Dec 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    rosehill is worthless. why not bring mcginn up? yall talk about rosehill like he wins fights, hes a punching bag

    • t800m101 - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Have even seen any of Rosehill’s fights? Including the NHL and AHL, he hasn’t lost a fight since Mar. 2012. He also serves more of a purpose than Raffl or Vandevelde.


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