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Briere gives Flyers 1-0 lead after period

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Danny Briere scored his 11th goal of the playoffs late in the first period to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 1-0 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night.

Briere flipped a shot into an open net off a backhand pass from a falling-down Scott Hartnell on the power play. Goaltender Antti Niemi stopped Braydon Coburn's initial shot, but was out of position after Hartnell's acrobatic play.

The Blackhawks are two wins shy of their first championship since 1961, while the Flyers haven't won it all since the second of consecutive titles in 1975.

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