Flyers advance by beating Canadiens 6-4


AP

MONTREAL — The Philadelphia Flyers advanced to the NHL’s Eastern Conference final with a 6-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, winning the series 4-1. Scott Upshall deflected a shot past Carey Price late in the third period to give Philadelphia its second and final lead of the game. The Flyers are the second team to reach the conference finals after the Detroit Red Wings got there in the West by sweeping the Colorado Avalanche. Philadelphia will face the winner of the Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Rangers series.

The Penguins lead 3-1 and Game 5 is Sunday in Pittsburgh. R.J. Umberger had two goals and an assist and Martin Biron stopped 31 shots for the Flyers, whose last appearance in the East final was in 2004 when they lost to Tampa Bay. The Flyers’ win also assured the first all-U.S. Stanley Cup final since 2003 and extended Canada’s title drought to 15 years.

Montreal was the last Canadian team to win it in 1993.

Mike Richards and Scott Hartnell scored as Philadelphia got three second-period goals to take a 4-3 lead. Andre Kositsyn drew Montreal level at 4-4 before Upshall’s goal.

Mike Knuble scored into an empty net with 50 seconds left.