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It went Philadelphia’s way because Voracek scored early in the first period when deflected a shot from Claude Grioux after Sean Couturier won a faceoff against Phil Danault in the Canadiens’ zone.
“It was a set play,” said Voracek. “We talked about it and after we won the faceoff, Giroux was going to pop and get the puck to the net.”
It was Voracek’s second goal of the series and both have come on deflections in front of the net.
Hart downplayed his role in the win.
“I just gotta do my job,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to at the end of the day. My criteria is to stop the puck. When it’s time to play the game, that’s all I have to worry about.”
The Flyers were outworked Friday when they lost 5-0 and Hart wasn’t the only player who had a bad day.
“We all responded,” Hart said. “We knew Game 2 wasn’t our best and nowhere near our capability to play. It was huge for us to set the tone early, get that first goal. After that, we just continued to battle.”
Hart had some luck as Jesperi Kotkaniemi hit two posts and Brendan Gallagher and Nick Suzuki struck iron, but the Flyers also gave him a hand by blocking 24 shots.
“It was a greasy hockey game,” said Flyers coach Alain Vigneault. “Sometimes you get these where guys are working extremely hard, not giving the opposition a lot of room, and you’ve just got to grease it out. That’s what we did. We scored the goal early, Carter made some big saves, and we were able to get the win. We’ll learn from it and try to get better next game and go from there.”