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By securing two points in their win over the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers have locked-down the second wild card spot and a guaranteed date with the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs.
The win over their in-state rivals, coupled with a miserable 6-1 loss by the Boston Bruins this afternoon eliminated the Bruins from play-off contention, and secured the final play-off spot for the Flyers.
First round set. #CapsFlyers #RockTheRed pic.twitter.com/fXX0BMcBuw
— Washington Capitals (@washcaps) April 9, 2016
The schedule for the first round will not be finalized until all games are completed, some time Sunday evening, but early word has game one this Thursday or Friday at Verizon Center.
This guy is on top of things! #CapsTalk #Caps #FlyersSuck pic.twitter.com/50S9UrndoV
— Brice Jenkins (@BmoreRavensOs) April 9, 2016
The Caps split the season series with the Flyers two games a piece, and fell to the Flyers in their last meeting, a 2-1 in a shootout in Philadelphia (no pun intended). In that game, which was a typical chippy affair, Jason Chimera was fined $5,000 for “butt-ending” Shayne Gostisbehere.