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Breaking news: Caps host Habs in first round
Half of Eastern Conference match-ups set with Flyers SO win.
Half of Eastern Conference match-ups set with Flyers SO win

When the Flyers knocked the New York Rangers out of the postseason with its 2-1 shootout win at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, they vaulted from the playoff bubble to the No. 7 seed in the East. That placed Montreal as the No. 8 seed, setting up a first-round series with Eastern Conference No. 1 seed Washington Capitals.

It is also decided that the Stanley Cup champion and No. 4-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins will host No. 5 Ottawa.

The jubilant Flyers now await the result of the 5 p.m. ET game between the Sabres and Devils in New Jersey determine which team is No. 2 seed and host to Philly. The No. 3 seed will host Boston.

 If the Devils get at least one point, they are the second seed and the Flyers opening-round opponent. The Sabres must win in regulation to earn the No. 2 seed.

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There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.

— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury
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