Martin Biron made 36 saves to help the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, avoiding elimination in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals last night in Philadelphia.
Joffrey Lupul scored twice while Danny Briere and Jeff Carter each scored for the Flyers, who forced a Game 5, which will take place in Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon. Scott Hartnell had three assists in the game.
“Tonight’s win gives us confidence and it’s definitely something to build off of,” said Philadelphia forward Mike Richards. “Momentum is such a big thing in the playoffs. We will be going to Pittsburgh and maybe we can squeak out a win there.”
Jordan Staal scored both goals while Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves for the Penguins, who are looking to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1992.
The Flyers came storming out of the gates in the first period and took the play to Pittsburgh.
Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead at the 8:27 mark of the opening frame as Lupul blasted a slapshot from the right circle that tipped off a Penguin stick and sailed over the left shoulder of Fleury.
The Flyers then scored a pair of power-play goals to take a 3-0 lead into the second period.
With Sergei Gonchar in the box, Randy Jones blasted a shot from the high slot that Fleury stopped. However, Briere was behind the defence and swept in the rebound from down low with 8:12 left in the period.
Near the end of the frame, R.J. Umberger fired a shot from the right point that was stopped by Fleury. Carter, though, dug out the puck and backhanded it into the net.
Flyers stay alive
Martin Biron made 36 saves to help the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 winover the Pittsburgh Penguins, avoiding elimination in Game 4 of theEastern Conference finals last night in Philadelphia.