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Flyers, Golden Knights grab top seeds in First Round

Philadelphia Flyers v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

After a hectic week of action that saw the Florida Panthers eliminated from the postseason on Friday, today is the final day of the Qualification Round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers got a pair of goal from Nicolas Aube-Kubel in a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Philadelphia finished the Eastern Conference round robin with a perfect 3-0 record and earned the 1 seed, which means they will play the Montreal Canadiens next.

The Lighting (2-1) are the 2 seed and will face the winner of tonight’s marquee Game 5 battle between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets.

In Edmonton, Alex Tuch scored with 16 seconds left in overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Golden Knights (3-0) will be the top seed in the Western Conference and play the Chicago Blackhawks. Rememebr, Jonathan Marchcessault? He score twice for Vegas.

The Avalanche (2-0-1) will the 2 seed and face the Arizona Coyotes, which looks to be a very favorable match-up for them.

Today’s action starts at noon when the 0-2 Boston Bruins face the 0-1-1 Washington Capitals on NBCSN to decide who is the 3 seed and who is the 4 seed in the east. The winner of this game draws the New York Islanders (7), while the loser will face the Carolina Hurricanes (6).

NBC will air the tussle between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues at 3 p.m. Both Central Division teams are 0-2 in round robin play. The winner of this game will get the Calgary Flames (8) while the loser will face the Vancouver Canucks (6).

And finally... The game that will complete the playoff picture for the Round of 16 and put the final contestant into Phase 2 of the draft lottery for the first overall pick will be the Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs at 8 p.m. on NBCSN. As mentioned above, the winner of this game will play the Lightning.

Today’s Games

Seeding 3: Boston Bruins (0-2) at Washington Capitals (0-1-1) 12 p.m. NBCSN

Seeding 3: Dallas (0-2) at St. Louis Blues (0-1-1) 3 p.m. NBC

Game 5: Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs 8 p.m. NBCSN (Series tied 2-2)