Pens stay alive with 10-3 win in Game 4
Wednesday, 04.18.2012 / 10:28 PM
Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior WriterPHILADELPHIA --
Pittsburgh's stars came out in Game 4. There will be a Game 5.
completed his hat trick late in a wild second period. Sidney Crosby
had a goal and two assists. Evgeni Malkin
scored his first two goals of the series and added an assist. It all helped the Penguins stave off elimination in a 10-3 rout of the Flyers on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center.
The Penguins snapped a six-game losing streak in the playoffs that dated back to Game 5 against Tampa Bay last year.
"We needed it from the big guys and they certainly were there," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.
However, the Flyers still lead the series 3-1 with Game 5 set for Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) at Consol Energy Center, where they won the first two games of the series and are 7-1 all time.
"I think we got embarrassed in front of our fans," said Flyers center Claude Giroux
, who scored his fifth goal of the series. "I think guys kind of forgot they've got two of the best players in the world on the other side. Maybe we thought it would be easy in front of our fans. We're not happy about it."
It wasn't just the Penguins' stars that made the difference in the seven-goal victory. Their role players also factored in to all the offense.
had three points on a goal and two assists. Matt Cooke
, Pascal Dupuis
, Chris Kunitz
, Matt Niskanen
and Tyler Kennedy
had two points apiece. Fourteen of the 19 Penguins who played in Game 4 registered at least a point -- including embattled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
, who was credited with an assist on Sullivan's power-play goal in the second period.
Fleury, by the way, also finished with 22 saves. He did not allow a goal in the second and third periods as the Penguins built on a 4-3 lead after 20 minutes to make it 9-3 after 40.
"Everyone played well," Crosby said. "Everyone, right through the lineup, did a good job. Everyone wanted to play their best. They knew the situation we're in and you want everyone to respond the right way. We did that. We've given ourselves a chance to get back to Pittsburgh, and that's all we wanted out of this game."
For the third straight game in this series a team scored at least eight goals. The 45 combined goals the Flyers and Penguins have scored are the most in Stanley Cup history through four games.
"This is like the weirdest series I have ever seen," Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik
said. "At times it's like nobody wants to win the game. It's back and forth, trading goals. The more we talk about playing defense and then it's 4-3 after the first period. I just think it's been a weird series. I don't want to predict what is going to happen here going forward; we just want to build on this and keep playing well."
The last time the Flyers gave up 10 goals in a playoff game was April 25, 1989. Ironically, it was the Penguins who did it to them. Fans of both sides likely remember it as well because Mario Lemieux scored five goals and dished out three assists for eight points in the Penguins' 10-7 win.
Pittsburgh scored its 10 goals Wednesday despite not having 40-goal scorer James Neal
, who was suspended for one game. Craig Adams
and Arron Asham
were also not in the lineup due to suspensions. The Penguins dressed seven defensemen, including Brian Strait
, who was a healthy scratch for the first three games of the series.
Adams and Neal will be allowed to play in Game 5, but Asham is gone for at least the rest of this series as he was handed a four-game suspension.
"I've said it numerous times, desperation wins hockey games," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "They're a talented group and they played desperate. They tried to account for every stride. They were better than us tonight."
The Penguins actually gave up the first goal for the first time in the series -- but like the Flyers did in Games 1, 2 and 3, they came back and used a barrage of offense to win the game. It helped that the Flyers paraded to the penalty box in the second period.
Pittsburgh was 4-for-9 on the power play, including 3-for-5 in the first 12:40 of the middle period.
"We probably win the game because of that situation in the second period," Bylsma said.
Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
survived the first period despite giving up four goals on 15 shots, but he was pulled in favor of Sergei Bobrovsky
3:07 into the second after Kris Letang
beat him cleanly with for power-play goal that made it 5-3. Bryzgalov gave up five goals on 18 shots and has now allowed 17 goals and 109 shots in the series.
"When you have world-class players like they have and constantly they were on the power play, it's tough to win the game like that," Bryzgalov said. "It's 3-1 in the series right now. We need to win the one game and everything will be over."
Fleury, who had given up 17 goals on 84 shots in the series heading into Game 4, didn't look much better in the first period as he was beaten twice through his five-hole and once on a backdoor roof shot by Jakub Voracek
. The Flyers were 3-for-5 on the power play in the first.
However, Crosby tied the game just 27 seconds after Voracek's goal when he got a piece of Malkin's blast from the point, redirecting the shot past Bryzgalov. The puck also hit off of Sean Couturier
. Staal then scored the first of his three goals 70 seconds later on a second rebound from in front of Bryzgalov to give the Penguins a 4-3 lead.
They never looked back.
"It's still 3-1 for the Flyers," Bylsma said. "We got one win. The only focus that can be is we have one game to win on Friday. That's gotta be the focus. It can't be momentum or what happened in this game. We have to come out with that same focus and worry about one game to win, and that's on Friday."
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