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Flyers defeat Habs, win 10th straight on home ice

Montreal Canadiens v Philadelphia Flyers

at the Wells Fargo Center on January 8, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bruce Bennett

It has now been more than two full months since the Philadelphia Flyers lost on home ice.

The Flyers won their 10th consecutive game at Wells Fargo Center, thanks to a decisive 3-1 victory over the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday evening.

Off to a dreadful start at the beginning of the season, the Flyers have surged their way into second in the Metropolitan Division, now four points ahead of the Washington Capitals. Philadelphia has also won eight of its last 10 games, although home ice has not been of a particular advantage lately, with the club having just wrapped up a six-game road trip.

They won five times on that recent road trip.

Flyers’ tough guy Zac Rinaldo had a goal and a fight, but fell one assist short of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. He and Brandon Prust dropped the gloves in a spirited scrap in the second period, with the Canadiens trailing 3-0 and in need of a spark.

Habs’ defenseman P.K. Subban, named to Canada’s Olympic hockey team on Tuesday, was benched for about 10 minutes in the third period, according to Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

Subban was assessed a roughing minor at the end of the second period. The Habs managed to successfully kill it off at the beginning of the third period, however Subban was stapled to the bench until about eight minutes remaining in regulation and his team trailing by two goals.

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