Flyers defeat Canadiens in Game 6, win Eastern First Round series

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Carter Hart made 31 saves, Kevin Hayes had a goal and an assist, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in Game 6 to win their Eastern Conference First Round series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Friday.

The Flyers, the No. 1 seed, will play the No. 6 seed New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Ivan Provorov and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers, who won a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time since defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. 

Nick Suzuki scored two goals for the Canadiens, the No. 8 seed. Carey Price made 14 saves.

The Canadiens played without forward Brendan Gallagher, who sustained a broken jaw on a cross-check by Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen in the third period of Game 5 on Wednesday. Niskanen received a one-game suspension by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Provorov put the Flyers ahead 1-0 28 seconds into the game on a shot from the left side that went off the stick of Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber.

Hayes made it 2-0 for Philadelphia at 5:23 when his shot along the ice went off the stick of Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen.

Suzuki scored a power-play goal for the Canadiens to make it 2-1 at 10:23.

Raffl was credited with a goal at 4:26 of the second period to put the Flyers ahead 3-1 when he drove to the net and was hit by Travis Sanheim‘s shot.

Suzuki scored from a sharp angle for the Canadiens at 6:05 to make it 3-2.

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