After winning Game Three of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final in overtime, the Philadelphia Flyers made an early statement in Game Four that they were driven to send the series back to Chicago knotted at two games apiece. The message came through loud and clear.
Early tallies by Flyers captain Mike Richards (power play) and Matt Carle gave the Flyers a quick 2-0 lead. Former Flyers forward Patrick Sharp cut the gap to one goal at 18:32 but the red-hot Claude Giroux restored a two-goal margin in the final minute of the opening period to send the Flyers to the dressing room with a 3-0 advantage. The goal was Giroux's 10th of the playoffs.
A scoreless second period followed as goaltender Michael Leighton made 13 of his 31 saves for the game, and Chicago counterpart Antti Niemi countered with 10 of his 26 saves.
At 6:43 of the third period, the scorching Ville Leino notched his seventh goal of the playoffs (fifth in his last seven games) to build a 4-1 lead. The extra insurance proved vital, because Dave Bolland and Brian Campbell soon scored closely spaced back-to-back goals to trim the Flyers lead to 4-3 with 4:10 remaining in regulation. Finally, Jeff Carter iced the win for Philadelphia with an empty net goal.
June 4 in Flyers History
1975: The now back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Flyers announced a major trade. Philadelphia traded speedy center Bill Clement, goaltender Don "Smoky" McLean and their 1975 first-round pick (Alex Forsythe) to the lowly Washington Capitals. In return, the Flyers received the first overall pick of the 1975 NHL Draft. The Flyers used the pick on rugged two-way forward Mel Bridgman. Through 2017, the 1975 Draft marked the only time in franchise history that the Flyers held the first overall pick of the Draft.
2007: The Flyers dealt forward Matt Ellison to the Nashville Predators for future considerations.
June 4: Flyers Birthdays
Tough shutdown defenseman Derian Hatcher was born June 4, 1972.
Western Hockey League over-ager sensation and 1990 Flyers free agent signee Len Barrie was born June 4, 1969.
Originally signed by the Flyers as an undrafted free agent, defenseman Brandon Manning was born June 4, 1990.