Shayne Corson and Bob Gainey scored less than three minutes apart early in the second period as the Montreal Canadiens took a 2-1 lead in the Wales Conference finals Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

With the Canadiens leading 1-0 on Guy Carbonneau's goal late in the first period, Corson was left alone during a power play and steered Eric Desjardins' centering pass into an empty net at 3:14.

Gainey, the Canadiens' captain, scored his first goal of the playoffs at 6:11, breaking behind the defense and flipping Chris Chelios' pass from the right boards over goaltender Ken Wregget for a 3-0 lead.

Russ Courtnall made it 4-0 at 14:53 when he took a lead pass from Ryan Walter at the Flyers' blue line and beat Wregget to the short side from the top of the right circle.

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Walter also set up the game's first goal, stealing the puck from Scott Mellanby near the blue line and poking it to Carbonneau, who beat Wregget with a 15-foot backhander from the slot at 14:26 on the Canadiens' second shot of the game.