Canadiens top Flyers in Game 5, stay alive in Eastern First Round series


Nick Suzuki scored the tie-breaking goal in the third period for the Montreal Canadiens in a 5-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday.

Philadelphia leads the series 3-2. Game 6 is in Toronto, the East hub city, on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS).

Joel Armia scored two goals for Montreal, the No. 8 seed. Carey Price made 26 saves.

Jakub Voracek scored two power-play goals and had an assist for Philadelphia, the No. 1 seed. Carter Hart made 28 saves.

Hart had his shutout streak ended at 122:53; he had shut out the Canadiens in Games 3 and 4.

Suzuki put the Canadiens ahead 4-3 at 10:59 of the third period when he scored from in front off a behind-the-back pass from Jonathan Drouin.

The goal came 22 seconds after Joel Farabee tied the game for the Flyers with a power-play goal at 10:37.

Armia gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 2:53 of the first period. 

Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the second period on two power-play goals by Voracek after Montreal forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. 

A one-timer from the right circle went off the stick of Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot and past Price to make it 1-1 at 2:35, and then a centering pass went off Chiarot’s skate at 6:37 to make it 2-1.

Armia’s second of the game tied it 2-2 at 10:12.

Brendan Gallagher gave the Canadiens a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 11:30.

Suzuki had a goal disallowed for offside with 5:29 remaining in the second after Flyers coach Alain Vigneault challenged the play.

Philip Danault scored an empty-net goal with 18 seconds remaining in the third.

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