By Annie Ross
Travis Konecny scored two goals in the Flyers’ 5-3 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.
“The two (standings) points is probably what stands out for me,” Konecny told NHL.com. “They’re huge this time of year. I heard the [New York] Islanders and [New Jersey Devils] lost, so it’s big for us tonight. Just got to keep going, keep building.”
Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists, and Shayne Gostisbehere had three assists for the Flyers (26-19-9), who won their second in a row following a four-game losing streak (0-3-1).Brian Elliott made 25 saves.
The Flyers hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, and with New Jersey’s 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames, the Flyers are one point behind the Devils for third place in the Metropolitan Division. They’re three points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Islanders, who lost 4-3 at the Buffalo Sabres. The Blue Jackets hold the second wild card.
“All the help we can get,” Elliott said. “… If we keep packing on the two points, we’ll put ourselves in a good spot.”
The Flyers scored twice in the first 1:28 of the third period to take the lead.
They started the third on the power play after Tomas Plekanec was called for hooking Dale Weise at 19:21 of the second, and took a 3-2 lead when Jakub Voracek scored from the right face-off circle 27 seconds into the period.
The goal extended Voracek’s point streak to seven games (three goals, seven assists).
Konecny made it 4-2 with his second of the night when he found the puck after it trickled through Price’s pads and poked it over the goal line at 1:28. He has nine goals in the past 15 games after he had four in the first 39.
“I just know that if I use my speed to get open, [linemates Giroux and Sean Couturier] are more than likely going to find me,” Konecny said. “That’s what they tell me too: Use my speed and push the [defensemen] back and that gives them more space too.”