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Flyers look to close out series

The Montreal Canadiens’ magical playoff run could come to an end tonight if they can’t find a way to topple the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.

The Canadiens fell behind the Flyers 3-1 in the series after playing arguably their worst game of the postseason in Game 4. The Canadiens were favored at home in Game 4 but were routed 3-0 after getting only 17 shots on net, including only one shot in the second period.

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Michael Leighton recorded his third shutout of the series for Philadelphia after making 17 saves. Claude Giroux scored a pair of goals, giving him eight in the playoffs, and Ville Leino scored his fourth goal of the postseason. The Flyers also finally got some good news on the injury front in Game 4 as Jeff Carter and Ian Laperriere both returned. Carter had been out since April 20 with a broken foot and Laperriere hadn’t played since April 22 due to a concussion.

It looked like Montreal was going to make it a series after their win in Game 3, but the Canadiens’ offense fizzled in Game 4 and failed to find the back of the net for the third time in the series. The Canadiens’ big weapons have all had trouble getting through the Flyers’ hard-hitting defense. Mike Cammalleri has a playoff-leading 13 goals but has only one against the Flyers, and Tomas Plekanec hasn’t registered a single point after leading Montreal in scoring during the regular season.

The Flyers are a -180 favorite at Bovada for tonight’s game. Philly won the first two games of the series at home by a combined score of 9-0. The Flyers have won four straight at home and eight of their last nine.

If Montreal can keep the series going with a win tonight then Game 6 will be played in Montreal on Wednesday night.

The Habs already came back from down 3-1 against the Capitals in the first round and shouldn’t be counted out yet.