The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. The Canadiens have only won Game 2 with a score of 5-0. Here is the recap of Game 4 between the Flyers and Canadiens.
First and Second Period
Michael Raffl gave the Flyers the initial lead at 6:32 during the first period after scoring a shot from the left circle that beat Carey Price over his blocker making the score 1-0. Philippe Myers put Philadelphia ahead 2-0 with 2:56 remaining in the second period on a shot from the right side off the rush that bounced over Price’s right pad.
Carter Hart made 29 saves making this his second consecutive shutout and the Philadelphia Flyers the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference First Round.
Hart is the first NHL goaltender with consecutive postseason shutouts since Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals in Games 6 and 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Final. Carey Price made 20 saves during this game for Montreal, the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers lead the first round of the series 3-1 and can win it in Game 5 in Toronto, the East hub city, on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. Philadelphia hasn’t won a Stanley Cup Playoff series since defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Teams that have a 3-1 lead are 278-29 (90.6 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL series; 173 of those series ended in Game 5 (56.4 percent).
Three Stars of the Game
Third Star: Michael Raffl (1 goal)
Second Star: Philippe Myers (1 goal)
First Star: Carter Hart (29 saves)
This was a great game for Philadelphia in the series and their second shutout of the series. Hart continued to play phenomenally and has made it very likely for his time to win this series.