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Flyers Rout Canadiens in East Finals Opener
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- James van Riemsdyk, Danny Briere and Simon Gagne scored in a span of 9:23 in the second period against playoff star Jaroslav Halak, and the Philadelphia Flyers routed the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 in the Eastern Conference finals opener Sunday night.

There would be no comeback necessary this time for the surging Flyers, who rebounded from a 3-0 series hole against the Bruins and a 3-0 deficit in Game 7 in Boston on Friday night. Philadelphia has won five straight overall and is 5-1 in the playoffs in front of its orange-clad crowd.

Game 2 of this series, the NHL's first final four matchup between a No. 7 and No. 8 seed, will be Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

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