Flyers shut out Canadiens in Game 3, take lead in Eastern First Round


Carter Hart made 23 saves, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 3 to take the lead in their Eastern Conference First Round series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sunday.

Hart’s shutout was his first in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and came after being pulled in Game 2 when he allowed four goals on 26 shots in a 5-0 loss.

Jakub Voracek scored for Philadelphia, the No. 1 seed in the East. The Flyers were 0-for-6 on the power play.

Carey Price, who turned 33 on Sunday, made 19 saves for Montreal, the No. 8 seed. The Canadiens hit the post with a shot five times, including twice by forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

Teams that win Game 3 after a Stanley Cup Playoff series is tied 1-1 are 215-106 (67 percent) winning a best-of-7 series.

Game 4 will be in Toronto, the Eastern hub city, on Tuesday (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NBCSP).

Voracek put the Flyers ahead 1-0 at 5:21 of the first period. Sean Couturier won a face-off back to defenseman Robert Hagg, who sent a pass along the left wall to forward Claude Giroux. Giroux then shot from the hash marks and the puck deflected off Voracek, who had slipped behind Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot, past Price.

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