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.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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