Flyers Tie The Series at 2by Erin
Philadelphia evened the series and gave new light to their chances at the Stanley Cup Friday when they defeated Chicago 5-3. Despite a scare late in the third period, five goals from five different Flyers were enough to put them past the Blackhawks in Game 4.
Mike Richards started the game off right when he recorded his seventh goal of the playoffs, an unassisted power play goal less than five minutes into the game. Philadelphia surely knew that a score from their star would mean good things for the rest of the game. The Flyers struck again putting Philadelphia up 2-0 when defense-man Matt Carle notched his first goal of the postseason just over ten minutes later.
Game 3 hero Claude Giroux responded to a Chicago score late in the first, with one of his own at the 19:23 mark. Philadelphia would carry their 3-1 lead all the way into the third period when things got interesting.
Philadelphia’s Ville Leino seemingly put the game out of reach with a just under seven minutes into the third for a 4-1 lead.
Most Flyer fans would probably say they never got nervous, but hindsight is 20/20. Chicago went on to score two quick goals. Dave Bolland and Brian Campbell recorded goals less than four minutes apart to put the Blackhawks within one with 15:50 remaining in the game. But Philadelphia would not let them continue their momentum as they played strong defense, and Jeff Carter scored on an open net in the last minute to seal the deal.
A story of the game was the 7 penalties committed by the Blackhawks, compared to Philadelphia’s 4, which certainly had an impact. The Flyers were able to score twice on their chances, and used the extra man to their advantage.
The battle of the goaltenders was won by Michael Leighton looked sharp in the net recording 32 saves, allowing three goals. Niemi allowed five goals with only 26 saves.
Philadelphia will travel to Chicago for game five where they hope to take a lead in the series.