MONTREAL -- After going the distance and polishing off the Bruins, the Canadiens now have a date with the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Canadiens and Flyers are locking horns in the playoffs for the fifth time in their heated rivalry and for the first time in nearly 20 years. Not since the spring of 1989 have Montreal and Philadelphia squared off during the postseason; in their last meeting, Guy Carbonneau and Bob Gainey teamed up to sink the Flyers in six games to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
The Habs and Flyers also went toe-to-toe in the playoffs in 1973, 1976 and 1987, with Montreal coming out on top in each of their first two encounters, including a Cup Final triumph over Philly in 1976. That year, Scotty Bowman’s squad ended the Broad Street Bullies' two-year reign as Stanley Cup champs, as the Habs claimed their first of four straight championships.
The Canadiens are coming off a four-game regular-season sweep of Philadephia, which saw the Habs outscore the Flyers 15-6 along the way. Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com