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NHL: Win over Pittsburgh helps Philadelphia stay in touch

AFP , PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA

Martin Biron made 36 saves and Joffrey Lupul scored two goals on Thursday as the Philadelphia Flyers stayed alive in the National Hockey League playoffs.

The Flyers defeated Pittsburgh 4-2 to prevent a Penguins sweep of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series, from which the winner advances to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Daniel Briere and Jeff Carter each scored power-play goals for sixth-seeded Philadelphia, which went 2-for-4 with the man advantage.

Scott Hartnell added three assists for the Flyers, who still trail three games to one heading into game five in Pittsburgh tomorrow.

Jordan Staal scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 30 shots for the second-seeded Penguins, who are vying to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1992.

Thirty seconds after a Penguins power play had ended, Lupul opened the scoring at 8:27 of the first period.

After taking a pass from Hartnell, Lupul exploded up the right side of the ice and into the Pittsburgh zone. He unleashed a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle that deflected off Penguins defenseman Hal Gill’s stick before beating Fleury on the glove side.

After the last goal, a pair of fights broke out, including one between Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and Philadelphia’s Mike Richards with 15 seconds remaining. Both players finished the game in the locker room.

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