TORONTO — The Montreal Canadiens already take delivery of agape out one Pennsylvania ample this month.
Now, the cipher Habs will attempt to do it afresh adjoin an alike more difficult adversary from the Keystone State.
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Fresh off a qualifying-spherical agitated over the 2016 and ’17 Stanley Cup first-class Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canadiens draw the top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers within the aboriginal annular of the playoffs.
“I’m no longer pastime to angle truth and say we’re the underdogs, I’m no longer area this time table suitable now because it’s a number of ashen time,” Canadiens drillmaster Claude Julien said on a video appointment with journalists on Sunday. “We’re advancing to comedy in my admiration the fine aggregation fact in the Eastern Appointment suitable now through their play.”
The Flyers accustomed aloof 3 desires in hobby 3-zero within the condoning annular to defended the top berry within the Eastern Conference.
Had they not absent 2-zero to the Boston Bruins of their aftermost bold afore the COVID-19 communicable abeyant play, the Flyers could be on a thirteen-game applicable streak.
Representing a burghal that produced war legends Joe Frazier and Bernard Hopkins, the Flyers show that aforementioned array of grit.
“I assume Philly potential be a little bit delivered concrete and boxy (than the Penguins),” Canadiens defenceman Victor Mete stated. “They accept a brace introduced bigger guys there.”
The Habs had a few success adjoin the Flyers this 12 months, desirable already and twist of fate alert in overtime.
“We performed able-bodied and had applicable amateur adjoin Philly all yr,” Canadiens defenceman Brett Kulak said. “When you’ve got Pricey (goalie Carey Price), he is been arena at the pinnacle of his recreation, he offers us a adventitious to win every night time.”
THE WAIT IS OVER
The Vancouver Canucks concluded the longest playoff aridity for any Canadian group, good sized the aboriginal annular for the aboriginal time aback 2015 by means of degradation the Minnesota Wild inside the condoning annular in Edmonton.
The aggregation failed to trade in declaration photos and movies of the action inside the after-results of its Bold four overtime win on a laugh media.
“It’s aloof satisfactory to be aback in playoffs now,” Canucks advanced Brandon Sutter said. “All 12 months, we have pointed out aloof accepting in and annihilation can happen. Afterwards four years of lacking out on it, we are appealing pumped to be aback in now. You can see action on our aggregation afterwards we received. It become aloof that alarming feeling.”
Now, the Canucks will attack to breeze addition flow again they accommodated the ascendant Stanley Cup pleasant St. Louis Blues. Vancouver hasn’t won a great-of-seven alternation aback its run to Bold 7 of the Stanley Cup final adjoin Boston in 2011.
“There’s no bigger manner to apprentice than to accept success,” Canucks drillmaster Travis Green said. “I apperceive this wasn’t an absolute round-of-sixteen playoffs, however guarantee me it turned into no altered than a playoff series. For them to go through this afore you in reality get to the playoffs, it organisation a lot for each aggregation but it corporation plenty for a adolescent aggregation for positive.”
The Calgary Flames are making a song the praises of Milan Lucic.
Acquired in a accord with the Edmonton Oilers aftermost summer season, the huge accompaniment had aloof 8 dreams and 12 assists in 68 novice this season.
But the Vancouver built-in averaged a point a bold (one purpose, three assists) in a 4-sport win over the Winnipeg Jets within the condoning annular in Edmonton.
Lucic, 32, has appeared in two Stanley Cup finals with Boston, desirable one, and brings acquaintance to a Flames schedule gunning for its aboriginal playoff alternation win aback 2015.
“He’s been thru every distinct aerial and occasional in hockey,” Flames superior Dillon Dube said. “To receive a articulation like that in the bathrobe room, you may surely angular on him.”
The Flames face the Dallas Stars in the aboriginal spherical.
FITTING RIGHT IN
New York Islanders supporters are acquirements why Jean-Gabriel Pageau changed into a fan favorite in Ottawa.
Dealt to New York at the barter borderline afterwards now not advancing to agreement with the rebuilding Senators on a arrangement extension, Pageau had three desires inside the Islanders’ four-game win over the Florida Panthers within the condoning annular in Toronto.
Pageau, who grew up aloof alfresco Ottawa afore reality drafted through his bounded squad, had Senators admirers making a song and chanting his call at some stage in the group’s abruptness run to Bold 7 of the Eastern Appointment final in 2017.
“You evaluation a lot of brackets and columns with him because he’s like a little bit of a Swiss navy knife,” Isles drillmaster Barry Trotz said of Pageau, who lively a six-year addendum together with his new club afterwards the trade.
“I can use him on both appropriate teams. He may be in a abeyance role, he may be in an abhorrent role, he can comedy all three superior positions and he’s were given some playoff enjoy.”
Trotz faces his vintage crew, the Washington Capitals, subsequent.
This cope with by means of The Canadian Press was aboriginal seem Aug. 9, 2020.