Saturday, March 24, 2012

Flyers Grab Play-off Spot with 4-1 Win

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The Philadelphia Flyers have ascended to the Stanley Cup Play-offs, following their 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens, on Saturday.

Philly now have the enviable record of being present for 16 play-off tournaments in 17 years; only the Detroit Red Wings have a more intimate relationship with the season-ending competition.

Finnish defenceman, Kimmo Timonen, got the puck sliding at the Wells Fargo Centre, scoring the only goal of the first period to give the Flyers an early advantage.

However, the second period was the more spectacular of the three, featuring a trio of goals – two for Philly and a solitary backhand for the Canadiens.

Tomas Plekanec grabbed the points for Montreal, evening the score. However, two power-play goals from Danny Briere erased whatever hope the Canadiens had of rescuing the tie.

"I just want to find a way to keep scoring goals," Briere said, of his newly-broken 29-game dry spell in front of goal. “The chances were there, I just couldn't finish.”

Matt Read slammed in the Flyers' fourth in the third period, hitting the assist from young player, Sean Couturier.

Philadelphia are the third team in the Atlantic Division to grab a play-off place, after the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers.

Elsewhere, the St. Louis Blues are the only team with a Stanley Cup slot in the Central. The Vancouver Canucks have clinched the division in the Northwest.

The Flyers' match with the Canadiens was also notable for the standing ovation given to Philadelphia captain, Chris Pronger, who is currently unable to play due to complications with concussion.

Pronger, sitting in the stands, alongside Flyers president, Ed Snider, was identified by the stadium announcer in the second period.

For those looking to bet on hockey these developments should be noted.

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