"Everybody doubted us as soon as they announced what the format would be," stated Montreal captain Shea Weber, whose team was the Final and 24th club consisted of in the resumption to the pandemic-delayed campaign. The Canadiens were without heart-and-soul winger Brendan Gallagher after he sustained a damaged jaw from a Matt Niskanen cross-check late in Montreal's success Wednesday. Gallagher's absence was simply the most current twist for the Canadiens, who beat the heavily-favoured Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the best-of-five certifying round prior to head coach Claude Julien was rushed to hospital in Toronto following Game 1 versus the Flyers with chest pains. Nick Suzuki had both objectives for Montreal, while Jonathan Drouin and Joel Armia had 2 helps each."They dedicated to playing hard and playing for each other," Montreal interim head coach Kirk Muller said. Gallagher sustains damaged jaw on hit from Niskanen:

Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher suffered a damaged jaw from a cross-check by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen on Wednesday. 0:25

Gallagher's absence was just the current twist for the Canadiens, who beat the heavily-favoured Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the best-of-five qualifying round before head coach Claude Julien was hurried to hospital in Toronto following Game 1 against the Flyers with chest pains. The 60-year-old had a stent inserted into one of his coronary arteries, however is back home and expected to make a full healing.

"It's difficult to replace a man like Gally," Weber stated. "You simply can't truly do it. Everyone stepped up. The commitment was there, the effort existed.

"They were just lucky to get a couple bounces early and we just could not appear to find our break."

Ivan Provorov and Michael Raffl likewise scored for Philadelphia, which advanced to the second round of the post-season for the very first time because 2012.

"Getting into the playoffs in the NHL is not simple," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said. "Once you're in, I think every team has a genuine possibility at winning."

Nick Suzuki had both objectives for Montreal, while Jonathan Drouin and Joel Armia had 2 assists each. An unlucky Carey Price-- two Philadelphia objectives went in off teammates for the second straight video game, while the winner hit the post and struck the netminder's leg prior to dripping over the line-- made 14 stops in taking the loss.

In all, 7 of Philadelphia's 11 objectives in the series struck Montreal gamers prior to going into the Canadiens' net.

"Those are the breaks you get in a winning, champion season," Price stated. "You see it every year. Regrettably, it didn't go our way. Those are the important things you can't control."

Suzuki, 21, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, 20, led a Canadiens youth motion that bodes well for the future as both gamers finished with four goals in 10 games.

"A lot of people stepped up to the plate and played very well in a hard situation versus two extremely great groups," said the 33-year-old Price. "Very happy of those kids for playing the method they did."

"They were big, huge parts for us here," added Weber, 35. "They surprised a great deal of individuals."

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