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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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I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic