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Ivan Provorov, Kevin Hayes and Michael Raffl scored, and the Fly­ers reached the sec­ond round of the Stan­ley Cup play­offs for the first time in eight years with a 3-2 vic­tory against the Cana­di­ens in Game 6 of their first-round se­ries Fri­day in Toronto.

The Fly­ers, who also got 31 saves from goalie Carter Hart, won the se­ries 4-2 and will play the Is­landers in the sec­ond round of the Eastern Con­fer­ence play­offs.

The Fly­ers opened the scor­ing 28 sec­onds into the game when Provorov redi­rected the puck past Cana­di­ens goalie Carey Price. Hayes beat Price about six min­utes later for a 2-0 lead.

The Fly­ers have made it this far in the post­sea­son with­out any ma­jor pro­duc­tion from their top scor­ers. Travis Konecny (24 goals in the reg­u­lar sea­son), Hayes (23), Sean Cou­turier (22), Claude Giroux (21) and James van Riems­dyk (19) all had failed to score a goal en­ter­ing Game 6. The Fly­ers even scratched van Riems­dyk for mul­ti­ple games dur­ing the play­offs.

The Fly­ers played with­out de­fense­man Matt Niska­nen af­ter the NHL sus­pended him for one game for break­ing Cana­di­ens wing Bren­dan Gal­lagher’s jaw with a cross­check in Game 5 on Wed­nes­day.

Nick Suzuki scored two goals for the Cana­di­ens.


NBC Sports an­a­lyst Mike Mil­bury apol­o­gized for say­ing dur­ing a broad­cast Thurs­day that there weren’t women in the NHL play­off bub­bles in Toronto and Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta, to dis­rupt any­one’s con­cen­tra­tion.

He made the com­ments dur­ing a game be­tween the Is­landers and Cap­i­tals. Dur­ing a dis­cus­sion among the broad­cast­ers about the en­vi­ron­ment in the bub­ble, Mil­bury said there are ‘‘not even any women here to dis­rupt your con­cen­tra­tion.’’

‘‘It was not my in­ten­tion to dis­re­spect any­one,’’ Mil­bury said in a state­ment re­leased by NBC. ‘‘I was try­ing to be ir­rev­er­ent and took it a step too far. It was a re­gret­table mis­take that I take se­ri­ously.’’

NBC Sports said in a state­ment that it had ad­dressed the is­sue with Mil­bury. ✶

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