Ken Wregget continued his sensational relief goal tending as the Philadelphia Flyers handed Patrick Roy his first home loss of the year, taking Game 1 of the Wales Conference final from the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 Monday night.
The Flyers, coming off their worst regular season since 1971-72 - they were 36-36-8; Montreal was 53-18-9 - were a decided underdog entering the best-of-7 series. But they played a superb game, got a short-handed goal from Derrick Smith in the first period, another in the third period from Ilkka Sinisalo and the clinching score by Rick Tocchet after Montreal's only goal.That made Roy a loser here for the first time since Boston eliminated Montreal from the second round of last year's playoffs. Roy was 35-0-4 at the Forum since that defeat. He also had won his five postseason appearances this spring.
But he has never beaten the Flyers and couldn't this time as he was outshined by Wregget, the Flyers' backup goaltender. Wregget replaced injured Ron Hextall and beat Pittsburgh 4-1 in the seventh game of the Patrick Division finals. With Hextall still out with knee ligament damage, Wregget came through again, stopping 24 shots.