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NHL: Philadelphia 5, Montreal 3

Dec. 15, 2010 at 11:33 PM

MONTREAL, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- James van Riemsdyk gave Philadelphia the lead with 5:33 left in a wild third period Wednesday and the Flyers went on to defeat Montreal 5-3.

Nikolay Zherdev gave the Flyers a two-goal lead early in the third and it appeared Philadelphia would coast to its fourth straight win. The Canadiens, however, got goals from Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta less than 3 minutes apart to tie it.

Van Riemsdyk then put the Flyers back in front with a power-play goal and Claude Giroux added some insurance 61 seconds later to help Philadelphia to its sixth win in seven games. Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside a career-high 38 shots to get the victory.

Montreal's Carey Price allowed five goals in a game for the first time this season. He made 25 saves.

Philadelphia improved to 21-7-5, its best record after 33 games in 24 years.

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