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NHL: Philadelphia 4, Montreal 3

Dec. 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM

MONTREAL, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Andrej Meszaros gave Philadelphia its fourth lead of the game in the third period Thursday and the Flyers held on to defeat Montreal 4-3.

Philadelphia won its seventh straight after hearing that team captain Chris Pronger would be lost for the rest of the season due to a concussion.

The Flyers never trailed, but during the first two periods each of Philadelphia's three goals was answered by one from the Canadiens.

Montreal could not respond, however, to a slap shot from Meszaros that eluded Carey Price 8:08 into the final period. The Canadiens had won their previous two games.

The other Philadelphia goals came from Maxime Talbot, Harry Zolnierczyk and Wayne Simmonds. Montreal's scores were produced by David Desharnais, Louis Leblanc and Erik Cole.

Sergei Bobrovsky got the win by stopping 28-of-31 shots. Philadelphia moved two points in front of idle Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Price made 25 saves and suffered his first loss since Nov. 25.

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