Flyers fight past Penguins again
Danny Briere, Matt Read, and Max Talbot each scored two goals to lead the Flyers to an 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday in a fight-filled Game 3 in Philadelphia in the opening-round series.
Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux also scored to help the Flyers take a 3-0 lead in the combustible best-of-seven series.
The goals might be hard to find on a highlight reel. This one was all about the brawls more suitable for a UFC card. Three players were tossed in the first period. There was a rare fight between superstars when Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby squared off against Giroux.
The Penguins and Flyers talked trash, laid the smack down, and played one wildly entertaining game. The result was still the same. The Flyers rallied from another deficit to win and put them on the brink of a sweep.
“In the end, that’s really playoff hockey,’’ Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. “A couple of the best players in the world dropping the gloves going at it. Would I rather have G keep his gloves on? Sure. But when he’s fighting Sidney Crosby, that’s playoff hockey. That’s this series.’’
Jordan Staal and James Neal scored twice for the Penguins but Marc-Andre Fleury was benched after allowing six goals in two periods. He has allowed 17 goals in the first three games. NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin has yet to score for the Penguins.
Each team had their top defenseman - Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang and Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen - tossed. So was Penguins forward Aaron Asham.
The slugfest overshadowed the one on the scoreboard. Staal scored 3:52 into the game to give the Penguins the first goal for the third straight game.
The Flyers answered again, though, with Talbot tapping a rebound past Fleury. Briere scored consecutive goals off a 5-on-3 power play and a one-timer to leave Fleury reeling.
Kings 1, Canucks 0 - Dustin Brown scored at 6:30 of the third period and Jonathan Quick made 41 saves as host Los Angeles edged Vancouver and pushed the defending Western Conference champions and the NHL’s top seed to the brink of elimination.
Brown’s fourth goal of the series allowed the Kings to take a 3-0 advantage.
Panthers 4, Devils 2 - Stephen Weiss scored the first two playoff goals of his 10-year career, Jose Theodore stopped 23 shots, and host Florida got its first playoff victory in nearly 15 years, beating New Jersey to even the first-round series at a game apiece.
Marcel Goc had a goal and an assist for Florida, which survived a frantic Devils rally in the third.
Predators 3, Red Wings 2 - Shea Weber scored early in the first period, Sergei Kostitsyn struck with 3:30 to go, and Nashville held on to win at Detroit for the first time in a playoff game and take a 2-1 lead in the first-round series.
Henrik Zetterberg scored with just under a minute left to pull the Red Wings within one, but they couldn’t tie the game to force overtime.