Hart, Flyers edge Canadiens in Game 1 of Eastern First Round


Carter Hart made 27 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 2-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday.

Ivan Provorov and Joel Farabee scored for Philadelphia, which is the No. 1 seed in the East after going 3-0-0 in the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

Shea Weber scored and Carey Price made 29 saves for Montreal, which is the No. 8 seed after winning its best-of-5 series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Qualifiers. 

Teams that win Game 1 are 478-219 (68.6 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL playoff series. Game 2 is in Toronto, the Eastern hub city, on Friday (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NBCSP). 

Provorov gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 8:54 of the first period. His one-timer from the point deflected off the stick of Canadiens forward Paul Byron and beat Price through a screen. 

The goal was Philadelphia’s first with the man-advantage in the playoffs after it went 0-for-11 in the round-robin. 

Weber tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 14:38 of the second period. His initial shot from the left circle was saved by Hart, but the puck bounced back to him following a scramble in front and he shot into an open net. 

It was the Canadiens’ first power-play goal after going 0-for-12 against the Penguins.

Farabee scored 16 seconds later to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead. After a Canadiens giveaway, Travis Sanheim‘s shot from left point was redirected in front by Farabee, who got his own rebound and scored past Price. 

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