Flyers look to move on and put the Canadiens in the rear-view mirror. That is what they exactly do. The Flyers seal the deal in the series with a 3-2 victory. Points coming from players who sorely needed them.
Flyers strike early with the all-important first goal. Ivan Provorov sends a bullet with possible the redirection from Travis Konecny and banking off Shea Weber’s thigh and Carey Price. This was all less than one minute into the game and assist form Konecny and Hayes. The Flyers are 6-0 when scoring first. Kevin Hayes breaks his playoff drought to put Philly up 2-0. He is able to weave a shot past Price and defenders. Assists belong to Grant and Pitlick.
Montreal will not go silently. Nick Suzuki cuts the Flyers lead in half during the power play. Flyers squandering back-to-back power-play opportunities. Flyers need to start the second as they did the first with the same intensity as in the first. The period ends 2-1 Flyers up,
The early penalty kill for the Flyers had some us on the edge of our seats but Philly keeps the score intact. Travis Sanheim feels the shake when he snaps one off Carey Price and into the back of the net. Michael Raffl gets the credit for the goal but who cares because the Flyers are up 3-1.
Nick Suzuki slowly becomes a thorn in the side of Philly. He scores quickly bringing the lead back down to 1 goal. 3-2 Flyers still lead. The Canadiens turned the pressure on at the end of the period. They continue to own the lead on shots on goal but Philly owns the lead where it counts, the scoreboard. The period ends 3-2 Flyers.
The Flyers return the ice with crisper passes and more shots on goal to begin the third period. The defense steps and keeps the Canadiens out of the middle of the zone and protects the corners. Still the longest twenty minutes for onlookers. With less than 2 minutes Price heads to the bench to bring on the extra attacker. Philly is able to keep the puck out of the net. Final 3-2 Philly advances for the first time since 2012.
Flyers are 0 for 4 on the power play. Canadiens are 1 for 2 on the power play. Penalty Infraction Minutes are 4 for Philly and 8 for Montreal. The face-off win percentage favors Montreal at 51%. Blocked shots are 21 to 9 favoring Montreal. Giveaways are 15 to 9 Montreal vs Philadelphia. Hits are 25 to 23 with the Flyers bringing the most. Montreal tallied up 33 shots on goal and Philly racks up 17.
The Philadelphia Flyers seal the deal and move on to the next round of the playoffs to take on the New York Islanders.
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