MONTREAL - No one in the Flyers' dressing room would call their 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens tonight their most impressive performance of the season.
So I will.
Goalie Marty Biron mentioned the Flyers' 7-0 victory over Atlanta last month as their best game.
I disagree. Atlanta isn't Montreal. The Canadiens have the ability to win the Stanely Cup. By then, Atlanta will have been on the golf course for a month or so.
Biron (24 saves) was superb tonight. So was the team. They had just 10 giveaways (8 fewer than the Habs) and they spent a majority of the first two periods in Montreal's end.
The Flyers went into a semi-defensive shell for parts of the third period, but they survived. And they easily killed a late power play, not allowing Montreal to sniff a scoring opportunity.
John Stevens changed the defensive pairings, moving Braydon Coburn with Matt Carle. Tonight, they looked like the Flyers' best defensive unit. They combined for nine blocked shots. Coburn played a team-high 27:31, while Carle played 25:17, the team's second-highest figure.
Glen Metropolit also deserves mention; he set up several chances and played his best game as a Flyer.
Stevens tinkered with the lines, too. He had Mike Richards on the first line with Simon Gagne and Mike Knuble.
Scotty Upshall scored for the first time in 10 games and Jeff Carter added his 11th goal for the Flyhers (6-6-4), who should go over the .500 mark Sunday when they face Atlanta. If they win, it will be their first time over .500 this season.