Flyers will play Canadiens in Eastern Conference First Round

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The Philadelphia Flyers will play the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Philadelphia won its three games in the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers to earn the No. 1 seed in the East. Montreal eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins in a best-of-5 qualifier series and will be the No. 8 seed.

“[Carey Price] definitely stole them a series there,” Flyers goalie Carter Hart told NBC of his Canadiens counterpart. “Played really well, made a lot of big saves, really kept them in it. We know he’s arguably the best goaltender in the NHL, so we’re going to have to fire a lot of pucks at him.

“We know they’re a team that has some offensive ability as well, so we just have to prepare and we’ll be ready for Game 1.”

The Flyers won two of three games against the Canadiens this season. Six players scored two points each for Philadelphia, including a goal and an assist each for Sean Couturier, Joel Farabee, Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny. Carter Hart and Brian Elliott each won one game. Hart allowed two goals on 22 shots in a 3-2 overtime win on Nov. 7; Elliott allowed three goals on 42 shots in a 4-3 overtime win on Nov. 30.

Tomas Tatar (three goals, two assists) and Phillip Danault (five assists) led the Canadiens with five points each against the Flyers, and Shea Weber scored three points (one goal, two assists). Carey Price was 1-0-1 making 80 saves on 84 shots (1.98 goals-against average, .952 save percentage).

This will be the seventh playoff series between the teams; each has won three times, with Philadelphia winning the most recent, defeating Montreal in five games in the Eastern Conference Final in 2010.

The Flyers and Canadiens did not qualify for the playoffs last season. The best-of-7 series will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the hub city for the Eastern Conference.

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