The Philadelphia Flyers will attempt to eliminate the Montreal Canadiens from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First-Round series Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. ET as the fourth of five games on the day.
No. 8 Canadiens vs. No. 1 Flyers
8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NBCSP
Philadelphia leads best-of-7 series, 3-1
The Philadelphia Flyers can win a playoff series for the first time since 2012 with a victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday.
“Getting into the playoffs and winning one round is not our goal, but it’s our first step,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said Wednesday. “Tonight, we get an opportunity to go out and play against a really good team and we’re going to have to play our best. We’ve been playing good, we’ve been working extremely hard and we’re going to have to bring it tonight.”
After a frustrating night skating into the cheval de frise the Philadelphia Flyers placed in the neutral zone on Sunday, the Montreal Canadiens needed to approach the offence differently in Game 4. Simply trying to beat that neutral-zone trap one-on-one (or, more accurately, one-on-four) wasn’t working, and there needed to be a new strategy to get past the defences.
From the opening faceoff, it was clear that this was going to be another measured game from both teams. Initial passes were tentative, zone entry attempts probing to see if the defence was just as tough as it had been last game, and no player wanted to give up any ice and be responsible for the all-important opening goal.
The Flyers were the team getting the first shots on goal. Few of them were particularly dangerous, but they clearly had the upper hand in the early going, and the Canadiens weren’t showing the intensity they needed to get out to an early lead ot prevent Philadelphia from settling into its defensive formation.