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game recap

Pens stay alive with 10-3 win in Game 4

Wednesday, 04.18.2012 / 10:28 PM

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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Pens stay alive with 10-3 win in Game 4
Pittsburgh Penguins 10, Philadelphia Flyers 3
PHILADELPHIA -- Pittsburgh's stars came out in Game 4. There will be a Game 5.

Jordan Staal 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.

Steve Sullivan 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."

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl
scoring summary
1st Period
01:16
PHI
PPG - Claude Giroux (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Jaromir Jagr (5), Wayne Simmonds (2)
1 - 0 PHI
03:37
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Pascal Dupuis (4), Richard Park (1)
1 - 1 Tie
08:05
PIT
PPG - Matt Niskanen (1) Slapshot - ASST: Sidney Crosby (4), Steve Sullivan (3)
2 - 1 PIT
15:06
PHI
PPG - Kimmo Timonen (1) Slapshot - ASST: Claude Giroux (5), Daniel Briere (2)
2 - 2 Tie
15:52
PHI
PPG - Jakub Voracek (2) Snap shot - ASST: Wayne Simmonds (3), Scott Hartnell (3)
3 - 2 PHI
16:19
PIT
Sidney Crosby (3) Deflected shot - ASST: Matt Niskanen (2), Evgeni Malkin (5)
3 - 3 Tie
17:29
PIT
Jordan Staal (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Tangradi (1), Matt Cooke (2)
4 - 3 PIT
2nd Period
03:07
PIT
PPG - Kris Letang (1) Snap shot - ASST: Sidney Crosby (5), Steve Sullivan (4)
5 - 3 PIT
07:21
PIT
PPG - Jordan Staal (4) Snap shot - ASST: Tyler Kennedy (1), Matt Cooke (3)
6 - 3 PIT
10:55
PIT
PPG - Steve Sullivan (1) Slapshot - ASST: Marc-Andre Fleury (1)
7 - 3 PIT
14:59
PIT
Pascal Dupuis (2) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (3)
8 - 3 PIT
16:03
PIT
Jordan Staal (5) Snap shot - ASST: Deryk Engelland (1)
9 - 3 PIT
3rd Period
04:04
PIT
Evgeni Malkin (2) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Kunitz (4), Tyler Kennedy (2)
10 - 3 PIT
penalty summary
1st Period
00:17
PIT
Steve Sullivan  Hi-sticking against  Claude Giroux
01:29
PIT
Evgeni Malkin  Hooking against  Sean Couturier
06:42
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Holding against  Steve Sullivan
12:19
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Interference against  Marc-Andre Fleury
13:02
PIT
Chris Kunitz  Interference against  Braydon Coburn
13:28
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Cross checking against  Daniel Briere
13:52
PIT
Matt Cooke  Hi-sticking against  Scott Hartnell
20:00
PHI
Matthew Carle  Interference against  Evgeni Malkin
2nd Period
02:51
PHI
Claude Giroux  Hi-sticking against  Brooks Orpik
05:32
PHI
Nicklas Grossmann  Tripping against  Kris Letang
08:13
PHI
Matthew Carle  Holding the stick against  Eric Tangradi
10:40
PHI
Matt Read  Roughing against  Simon Despres
12:01
PHI
Eric Wellwood  Too many men/ice - bench
12:01
PIT
Richard Park  Interference against  Claude Giroux
16:43
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Cross checking against  Zbynek Michalek
16:43
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Roughing against  Zbynek Michalek
16:43
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Game misconduct
16:43
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Misconduct (10 min)
3rd Period
08:48
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Joe Vitale
08:48
PHI
Pavel Kubina  Misconduct (10 min)
08:48
PHI
Pavel Kubina  Cross checking against  Matt Cooke
08:48
PIT
Joe Vitale  Misconduct (10 min)
08:48
PIT
Joe Vitale  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Wayne Simmonds
08:48
PIT
Matt Cooke  Misconduct (10 min) against  Zac Rinaldo
08:48
PIT
Matt Cooke  Holding the stick against  Pavel Kubina
08:48
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Misconduct (10 min) against  Joe Vitale
goalie stats
Marc-Andre Fleury
SA: 25TOI: 59:56
Saves: 22EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 8
SV%: .880SH: 2 - 2
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 18TOI: 23:07
Saves: 13EV: 8 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .722SH: 1 - 1
Sergei Bobrovsky
SA: 18TOI: 36:53
Saves: 13EV: 8 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .722SH: 0 - 0